Get the skinny on curved TVs

They're unique, they're eye-catching, and they're not what you think.

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If you’re in the market for a new TV, it’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of features. But there’s one trend that pops out like nothing else: curved TVs.

For years it seemed like TV design was on a simple trajectory: make it flatter and wider, to the point where it could be virtually invisible on the wall when you’re not watching it. But the advanced technology that allowed TVs to get so flat also created a new possibility. For the first time, it was possible to curve a screen. But why would you want that?

An immersive experience

There’s one primary reason that people report enjoying curved TVs, and that’s the sense of immersion that they offer. If you’ve ever been blown away in an IMAX theater, the curved screen was a part of that. Curved TVs bring an essential element of the theatrical experience into your living room.

All TVs provide the optimal experience when viewed head-on. Curved TVs are no different, but they can generally be enjoyed from a wide range of viewing angles without issue.

TV makers have also worked on screen reflectivity issues, so today’s curved TVs handle glare about as well as flat ones. That is to say, technology has made great strides across the board.

It’s about personal taste

A curved TV soundly rejects the idea of blending invisibly into the wall. Instead, it’s meant to be an object of beauty. Enjoy it when it’s on; admire it when it’s off. The blend of technology and craftsmanship is really quite stunning, especially when you consider where we were just 15 years ago.

It boils down to personal taste. Some may prefer a flat-panel TV and some curved. Fortunately, many series in the Samsung SUHD line-up have flat and curved options, so you don’t necessarily have to trade off on other features.

Yes, you can mount them on the wall

All 2016 Samsung curved TVs are VESA-compatible, meaning that they’ll accommodate standard mounting kits. You’ll just need to know your screen size before you buy a mount. If you want to be doubly sure, you can always download the TV’s user manual, which will specify the VESA size.

They’re not that expensive anymore

Yes, when curved TVs debuted a few years ago the sticker shock was alarming. But these days, the curved version will rarely cost you more than a couple hundred dollars over its flat sibling model. So do yourself a favor and experience one in person.

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