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Half of INQUIRER readers think curved screen TVs are a gimmick

53 percent of you are not convinced by Samsung and LG's latest TV announcements
Thu Jan 30 2014, 09:12
Samsung's curved 105in TV is likely to never reach UK shores

OVER HALF of readers of The INQUIRER think that curved screen TVs are nothing but hype.

Our last reader poll posed the question, "Will curved screen TVs become the norm?" The responses revealed that 53 percent of readers think "Heck, no!" and that curved screen TVs are a load of old marketing tosh.

Curved screen TVs made headlines at the CES trade show in the party city of Las Vegas earlier this month, where the media reported Samsung's and LG's 'accomplishments' in achieving record-breaking size TVs but with a twist. They had a slight bend to them.

While 53 percent of you answered the poll "No way, it's just another marketing gimmick," over a quarter - that is, 26 percent - said that your TV is already bent, answering, "I kicked a hole in it while watching The One Show."

Only two percent of our readers thought that curved screen TVs will become the norm, "When the prices come down," while 13 percent answered, "Maybe, but they work better in computing."

The reality probably is that bent TVs offer very few benefits for viewers.

These ridiculously and unrealistically sized TV sets cost a pretty penny, in the five figure bracket, and it'll be a long time before they become affordable. Even if they were as cheap as chips, there's actually no great benefit for the average consumer, who probably would go for around a 40in screen for their living rooms.

However, we won't deny that the specifications of very large screen TVs do sound impressive, especially the UHD technology, so it's understandable that consumers can get carried away by the hype.

Samsung, for example, touts its ridiculously sized display as "the world's most curved" TV screen, claiming it offers almost twice the image quality of standard flat-panel UHD TV sets when viewed from the side. That flashy bit of kit boasts 11 million pixel 5120x2160 resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio, so that's actually 5K.

Perhaps consumers are letting Samsung and LG get them a little carried away?

At least The INQUIRER's readers agree that the public has been getting as wrapped up in the hype of curved screen TVs as the media has been in reporting on these gigantic curved screen displays.

If you missed the chance to have your say in the curved screen TV debate, get involved in our latest poll at the right hand side of our home page, which asks, "What product category do you think Apple will enter in 2014?" This follows an announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday that Apple will bring something new to the table later this year. µ


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