Two LG OLED Flex LX3 TVs facing each other
Enlarge / LG’s Flex LX3 OLED TV is not taking sides.

If you’ve been watching display technology lately, you’ve probably noticed an interesting feature: a bendable display. Yes, monitors and TVs that you can bend flat or curved are said to be releasing soon. This feature is meant to appease those who can’t settle on flat or curves, and most of the upcoming products feel just as undecided, suggesting an identity crisis that makes it hard to see where they fit in… literally. Would something like this fit in the living room, office, or game room?

In terms of the LG OLED Flex LX3 4K TV announced Wednesday (no price or release date), the most obvious answer is the living room. It’s a 42-inch TV with tuner, LG webOS and even LG Display OLED Evo technology used in LG C2 TV. The main difference from every other TV is that it has buttons (including buttons on the remote) to change the screen from flat to curved 900R in 20 steps. It provides the potential for very curved television.

The thing is, you probably don’t want to watch a curved television. Vendors tried to make this years ago, but as we wrote back then, Curved TV mostly accommodate people sitting quite close and directly in front of the TV. That’s not how most people gather around the heart of the living room. Living room TVs are often shared, with people sitting at various distances from the screen and at different angles. But up close and center it sounds a lot like how most people use monitors.

Based on this image, LG sees its TV also being used like a PC monitor.
Enlarge / Based on this image, LG sees its TV also being used like a PC monitor.

Switching Hub should make it easy to use TV microphones and USB-connected peripherals with HDMI-connected PCs. A dedicated button on the stand switches between the TV and HDMI inputs. HDMI supports version 2.1, which means PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S can connect and use the TV’s 4K, 120Hz refresh rate. There are also many Adaptive Sync compatibility, and you can even adjust the viewable screen size up to 27 inches.

Currently, gaming is the most popular use for curved screens, as players sit close to the screen and feel the virtual world wrap around it. But many living room settings will not accommodate such an arrangement. Someone with a lot of flexibility might be able to roll up a gaming chair onto the TV for an intense gaming session, but we wouldn’t bet that driving the massive sales of bendable TVs that will inevitably come at a premium.

A bendable monitor too

It Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 . Monitor announced last week (price and availability should be announced this year), meanwhile, appears to be targeting a hive of PC games based on specs. It’s a 45-inch monitor with 3440 x 1440, 21:9 resolution, up to 800R curve, and a W-OLED panel from LG Display. Gray-to-gray response time reported 0.03 milliseconds. Obviously, this is for serious gamers whose curved ultrawide monitor with very limited motion blur is the best display.

The 800R is an extreme curve, even for a high-performance ultrawide gaming monitor.
Enlarge / The 800R is an extreme curve, even for a high-performance ultrawide gaming monitor.

So why put a tacky handle on a monitor that allows you to bend it curved or flat? Certainly not just for the sickening feeling that I had to come up with physically manipulating 45-inches OLED panels that you pay for with your own money. No, it has to be for versatility. A lot of people prefer productivity and other types of computing on flat panels (although I’ve known some hardworking people who are obsessively dedicated to using curved ultrawides to get their work done too), and the 45WQHD240 should make it so you don’t need multiple monitors to work and play games. .

However, the 45WQHD240 gaming specs and likely high price will make it best suited for extreme gamers who also like ultrawide curved monitors. Users will need a powerful PC with a fat one graphic card to push 4,953,600 pixels at 240 frames per second. Ultra-fast video motion processing is made for hardcore players who take the battlefield seriously. And for such players, gaming is a top priority, increasing the likelihood that the 45WQHD240 will be mostly used as a curved ultrawide gaming monitor.

By Blanca

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