December 24, 2014
We may see monitors join the curved bandwagon next month at the 2015 CES. Samsung, for example, is expected to unveil its SE790C — a 34-inch, 21:9 curved display with a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution known as “Ultra-WQHD.” The display touts about 110 pixels per inch, a maximum contrast ratio of 3000:1 and maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2. Samsung claims the wider field of view offers “a more immersive visual experience” and “creates a high 3D-like effect ratio that makes the screen seem larger.”
According to the Samsung Blog: “Unlike flat screen monitors where the viewing distance differs from the center of the screen to the edges, the screen edges of the SE790C more closely match the natural curve of a viewer’s eyes. As a result, the SE790C creates a distortion-free viewing experience with less eye strain and enhanced comfort for [the] viewer.”
“While the contrast figure is probably high it should be noted the specification is listed as ‘static contrast ratio,’ which is typically more realistic than a ‘dynamic contrast ratio,’” reports Digital Trends.
“A 178-degree viewing angle is quoted, too, which heavily suggests the panel uses the company’s own PVA technology, which provides qualities similar to IPS. In other words, we expect viewing angles, color accuracy and black levels to be strong.”
The monitor emphasizes multitasking with both a picture-in-picture mode and a split-screen picture-by-picture function.
Picture-by-picture enables users to connect two devices — such as a desktop, laptop, game console or set-top box — and view both video feeds simultaneously.
“Other extras include three USB 3.0 ports with charging capability (to gas up a smartphone or tablet), a pair of seven watt stereo speakers, a response time of four milliseconds and a game mode that cuts down on blur,” DT notes. “The SE790C comes with a height-adjustable stand and hidden VESA bracket, too.”