Corsair’s new gaming monitor curves right into a curved display

Can’t decide between buying a flat or curved monitor? Corsair thinks it might have a solution to your (admittedly, niche) woes with Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240: a flexible OLED gaming monitor that you can bend by hand to change the form factor.

The transformed display is possible thanks to the W-OLED panels from LG Display, which worked with Corsair to develop the Xeneon Flex. Interestingly, different from the prototype LG Display showcased at CES last year which uses a motor to switch between flat and curved modes, the Corsair lets you manually bend its monitor into a shape with a pair of handles that extend from the left and right sides of the screen, as this video from YouTuber Bitwit explains. You can even adjust the curvature of the left and right sides of the monitor independently, which is nice, though it’s not entirely clear why you’d want that.

Monitors are an interesting concept, considering that curved and flat displays tend to do better in different ways. Some people prefer a flat screen for productivity, as it displays an image that is less distorted and less prone to magnifying reflections. (Seriously, some people really hate the curvy look.) But others like the immersive sensation that curved screens can offer, especially for gaming, because, at the right size and distance, the screen tends to fill your entire peripheral vision.

In terms of other specs, the Corsair monitor is a 45-inch 21:9 ultrawide panel with a refresh rate of 240Hz and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The maximum curvature of the Xeneon Flex is 800R, but you can choose any curvature that suits you. It supports Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium variable refresh rate technologies, and there’s a bunch of front and back connectors including HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, USB-A, and a headphone jack.

The Xeneon Flex Corsair isn’t the world’s first, because Chinese TV manufacturer Skyworth announced its own flexible transformation TV last year, but the new monitor has a decent chance of being one of the first devices to see a global release. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when that will happen, or how much we can expect to pay for the privilege. Corsair said more information on launch, availability and final specifications will be announced later this year.

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