Curved Monitors Surpass 50% of Gaming Monitor Marketshare as Sales Climb

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According to a report the TrendForce's LCD market division, WitsView, shipments of gaming monitors could grow to 5.1 million units in 2018, doubling 2017's shipments. The report defines "gaming monitors" as monitors with a refresh rate over 100hz, and cites particularly strong growth in China. Asus is still the industry leader in sales, followed by Acer, AOC and Samsung, while BenQ dropped out of their position in the top 4 last year. The report notes that the gaming monitor market still has "high gross margins," which means than manufacturers are getting away with hefty markups, but notes that curved monitors with a "high performance-price ratio" are gaining popularity.

For the whole gaming market, the market share of curved models has surpassed 50% in 2018, due to the strong demand for SDC curved gaming monitors from China. On the supply front, SDC is also willing to offer attractive prices to drive demand and shipment further. Other than leading brands, MSI and HKC have also benefited from the trend of curved gaming monitors this year, registering impressive shipments. The share of curved models in the gaming sector is expected to be 54%, up from 23% last year. In comparison, the share of flat LCD models is projected to be 46%, down from 77% last year.
 

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I just got one. I got it because it was the monitor I wanted. I don’t give a rats ass about the curve though. For my TV I sought out a flat panel even, as I don’t care much for the ones I’ve seen.
 

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I would jump on an ultra wide curved monitor if I could find one that didn't cost a million dollars and would also deliver in performance...
 

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Got a Samsung 21:9 monitor a year and a half ago. The curve is great for that size. Anything less wide I'd question tbh
 

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Once I went to my Acer x34P at home and my Dell "34 curved at work there's no way I could ever go back to a flat screen. It really is somehow easier on the eyes.
 

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I find curved distracting. Maybe because I haven't had a chance to use them for an extended period of time - but I'd hate to shell out for one and then find out that it's not something I could adjust to :/

Also I find it ironic that CRTs were curved (yes, in a different direction) and we chased flat CRTs and then LCDs for a long time. Now we can't seem to wait to go back to curved?
 
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I can see this, Honestly, The benefit of having an Ultrawide curved monitor more than outweighs the issues people run into versus the 4k scaling issues they were having with Windows.

What really helps is the fact that they became affordable for the most part, $400 all the way up to $1200 I would say thanks to LG and Samsung making them cheaper, regular 21:9 monitors can be had $250-$400 for a flat panel, but the larger the monitor gets the more benefit it seems to have on the view and perception. I even seen 150$ Curved 16:9 panels at the 17inch size.

21:9 will probably be the next jump for HDTVs as their sales pitch to see movies as intended for the most part, I think Computers are adopting it real fast as well, whether for productivity or gaming the real estate you gain is invaluable, can't wait for 4k Ultrawide 120htz IPS panels to become the $800-$1200 standard for the premium market.
 

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I find curved distracting. Maybe because I haven't had a chance to use them for an extended period of time - but I'd hate to shell out for one and then find out that it's not something I could adjust to :/

I feel like you would have to have it aligned to your vision just right for the curve to not be distracting. Otherwise, linear movement on the screen would no longer appear linear and would be distracting as hell.
 
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I guess if all you do is gaming and browsing on a single display, an ultrawide makes sense.

I can't imagine using two or more curved displays, though, and I do enough work on my home machine to be unwilling to let go of my multi-monitor setup.
 

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After owning a 30" curve monitor for 6 months, just looking at a normal monitor at first, makes it look like the center of the image is bulging out like and old crt set.
 

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I guess if all you do is gaming and browsing on a single display, an ultrawide makes sense.

I can't imagine using two or more curved displays, though, and I do enough work on my home machine to be unwilling to let go of my multi-monitor setup.

Same. I've been looking to upgrade my primary monitor but don't see how curved would work having a multi monitor setup. So many are curved that it's ruling out many potentially good options.
 

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I still don’t get the appeal.
This.

When I look at a rectangle on the wall, My brain sees a rectangle, but actually the ends are shorter than middle. If put that rectangle on a flat screen, it still has the same behavior, the one my brain is expecting. If I put that image of a wall with a rectangle on a curved screen, the rectangle on the wall is no longer shorter in the ends than the middle. It's less true to life.
 

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Once in a rare while I notice the curve, but I rarely have things up across the whole screen that use straight line. What I do notice is it is much easier to read things in the corner of the screen on this 55" set than it was on my old 58" set. If I was doing something that needed no distortion I'd go for a flat, but I'm sold on the curve, for large sets anyway.
 

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This.

When I look at a rectangle on the wall, My brain sees a rectangle, but actually the ends are shorter than middle. If put that rectangle on a flat screen, it still has the same behavior, the one my brain is expecting. If I put that image of a wall with a rectangle on a curved screen, the rectangle on the wall is no longer shorter in the ends than the middle. It's less true to life.

I can’t get over the bow tie effect, myself. People seemed to buy into the whole “it follows the curve of your eyes” crap that marketers put out there, but I think a lot of it was really that they were getting to the point where they could make foldable phones, and this was a stepping stone along the way that they happened to be able to market.
 

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I can’t get over the bow tie effect, myself. People seemed to buy into the whole “it follows the curve of your eyes” crap that marketers put out there, but I think a lot of it was really that they were getting to the point where they could make foldable phones, and this was a stepping stone along the way that they happened to be able to market.
You're probably correct. Imagine a bodysuit that is a screen.
 

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I have an MSI Gaming 27 Inch 144hz 1080p curved monitor, VA panel but it looks fine in games. I did have a QLED Samsung 27 inch curved and I had returned it, not because I did not love it but because the MSI one was about $100 less. I am content with the MSI one but, I almost wish I had stuck with the Samsung one, oh well.
 

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I bought an 27" curved 144hz screen because it was inexpensive at the time. I use it for gaming and gaming only which if fine but I can't stand the curve on the desktop.
 

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Really small curves are OK for a monitor. Not so sure about a TV, though.
 

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Really small curves are OK for a monitor. Not so sure about a TV, though.

Well, I sit at most 2 feel from my curved monitor so I do not mind it for desktop use or gaming. The curve is an 1800R, whatever that means.
 

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Well, I sit at most 2 feel from my curved monitor so I do not mind it for desktop use or gaming. The curve is an 1800R, whatever that means.

Is that an ultra wide? Doesn't make sense to me. Give me some resemblance of balance. Need my vertical pixels
 

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Well, I sit at most 2 feel from my curved monitor so I do not mind it for desktop use or gaming. The curve is an 1800R, whatever that means.
It means it's more curved than a 3800R :LOL:

No, seriously, the 1800R value is the radius of the imaginary circle that the display's curve follows. In this case, 1800mm or 1.8 meters.

Another way to look at it is if you were to surround yourself 360 degrees with this same type of panel, you'd find the center 1.8 meters from every screen.

i.e. The smaller the radius, the more aggressive the curve.

I own a 3800R curved panel, and I have to admit, I don't notice the curve at all while looking head on.
 

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Really interested on hearing people's takes from this. I can't imagine the curve being of any use unless the monitor is literally wrapping completely around your head which would take an extremely large monitor sitting in front of you at the desktop
 

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Really interested on hearing people's takes from this. I can't imagine the curve being of any use unless the monitor is literally wrapping completely around your head which would take an extremely large monitor sitting in front of you at the desktop

Curved large format displays are amazing. I've been using a 43' JU6700 for a few years now, and I don't think I could go back to a non-curved large display.
 

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Problem with curved displays is that everything is still projected to a flat frustum, so you get stretching, clipping errors, and other anomalies especially toward the periphery. Ideally spherical projection would be used with a curved display like VR, but you would need some way to get the curve. Maybe a user option, but how many people are going to know what the curve of their monitor is?
 

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Really interested on hearing people's takes from this. I can't imagine the curve being of any use unless the monitor is literally wrapping completely around your head which would take an extremely large monitor sitting in front of you at the desktop

I played with one in the store and just don't think I could do a curved. It might work for gaming, but for most everything else that requires a horizontal line (graphics work, stock charts, etc.), it sucks. So if you're considering one, go and try it at the store - try and simulate your workflow to see if it'll work for you.
 

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I love mine. But all I do is game and watch movies on it. :)
 

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I'm not surprised, considering how many new models have that stupid fucking curve in them. It's kind of hard to avoid it if you want a decent gaming monitor.
 
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