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#1 blainelocklair OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:35 AM

Hi everyone!

 

As I've walked through my local Best Buy recently, I've noticed all of the curved TVs are gone. It's like they just vanished one day - all of them. I don't know if they just went out of consumer style or the manufacturers just quit making them.

 

Do you have a curved TV for your classic console(s)? How do you like it? Would you do it again?

 

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#2 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:41 AM

They always seemed like a gimmick to me, with bad viewing angles unless you were seated right in front of it. They make a little more sense as desktop computer monitors, but the appeal seems narrow to me.

Remember when a few Android phones had inward curved screens for some reason? I assume it was just a fad, because it could be done.

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 AM

I hated the curve of tube TVs, even before the market presented an alternative. I bought a flat screen as soon as I could afford one.

I'm not spending a stupid amount of money just to buy a tv that curves in the opposite direction.

#4 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:32 AM

It was just an attempt to keep the consumer buying. Glad it's gone the way of 3D.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:03 AM

I call it the 4th razorblade syndrome. Or maybe even 3rd.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:48 AM

It was just an attempt to keep the consumer buying. Glad it's gone the way of 3D.


On deck for obsolescence: consumer-grade VR.

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:01 AM

On deck for obsolescence: consumer-grade VR.


I disagree. The technology is getting better and cheaper, so I think it's going to catch on, or at least better than 3D TVs. The PS4 version is a good example of this I think, and you can use it on PC after a few hurdles. It makes more sense to me to have that instead of multiple monitors for gaming. Maybe we'll be jacking into cyberspace like Case in Neuromancer in the nearish future.

Edited by xenomorpher, Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:02 AM.


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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:08 AM

Seems like this fad has moved into the ultra-extra-wide PC monitor space. Loads of 49" displays that have a 21:9 or 32:9 aspect ratio. These things are ridiculous: https://techreport.c...displays-go-big



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:16 AM

In PC-zone it can actually have some practical use, like displaying side-views from your cockpit or going for some crazier fovs. At least I think that's how it works, never had one myself.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:19 AM

Seems like this fad has moved into the ultra-extra-wide PC monitor space. Loads of 49" displays that have a 21:9 or 32:9 aspect ratio. These things are ridiculous: https://techreport.c...displays-go-big

Approx 2.33:1 or Approx 3.55 to 1, if I did the math right.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:20 AM

 

;)



#12 Eltigro OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:51 AM

Extra wide screens?  Darius mode enabled!

 

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Edited by Eltigro, Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:52 AM.


#13 MrMaddog OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:34 AM

They always seemed like a gimmick to me, with bad viewing angles unless you were seated right in front of it. They make a little more sense as desktop computer monitors, but the appeal seems narrow to me.
 

 

At least with ultrawide monitors you're sitting up closer and, in addition to additional space for program windows, you have more prephrial vision on the sides for modern games.  But sitting at a distance in a living room negates that ability.  But even if I have an ultrawide screen I'd still get a CRT monitor for older games...

 

 

Remember when a few Android phones had inward curved screens for some reason? I assume it was just a fad, because it could be done.

 

 

Heh, remember when people complained about iPads bending? Now Apple wants to sell puropsely curved iPads at a higher price!

 

https://wccftech.com...ition-ipad-pro/

 

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Edited by MrMaddog, Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:35 AM.


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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:07 AM

I disagree. The technology is getting better and cheaper, so I think it's going to catch on, or at least better than 3D TVs. The PS4 version is a good example of this I think, and you can use it on PC after a few hurdles. It makes more sense to me to have that instead of multiple monitors for gaming. Maybe we'll be jacking into cyberspace like Case in Neuromancer in the nearish future.


VR will catch on once the technology has been shrunken further. The headsets are still too big and bulky to be comfortable, even though they've made progress with that in recent years. Once putting on a VR headset is essentially the same as putting on a pair of glasses (or close enough to it) then we'll see all kinds of applications develop around such devices, in both work and leisure settings.

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:04 AM

I disagree. The technology is getting better and cheaper


Heard that since the 90's

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:22 AM

VR will catch on once the technology has been shrunken further. The headsets are still too big and bulky to be comfortable, even though they've made progress with that in recent years. Once putting on a VR headset is essentially the same as putting on a pair of glasses (or close enough to it) then we'll see all kinds of applications develop around such devices, in both work and leisure settings.

 

I actually agree with this. But one thing I think "VR" will drop eventually is...motion. I think dongle and wands and all that crap will eventually be replaced, and people will just use 3D glasses, with a controller, sitting on their butts.

 

I love the sense of depth, and some small viewing adjustments by moving the head, that VR allow. But to me the rest of the "reality" is a drawback.  I ain't trying to get a workout, I'm trying to frag.



#17 blainelocklair OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:29 PM

 

;)

 

 

Well, that decides it: I'm going out and buying one of those newfangled Cinerama TVs today! It has to come with the Smilebox module though, or it's a no-deal. ;)



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:14 PM

 

At least with ultrawide monitors you're sitting up closer and, in addition to additional space for program windows, you have more prephrial vision on the sides for modern games.  But sitting at a distance in a living room negates that ability.  But even if I have an ultrawide screen I'd still get a CRT monitor for older games...

 

 

Heh, remember when people complained about iPads bending? Now Apple wants to sell puropsely curved iPads at a higher price!

 

https://wccftech.com...ition-ipad-pro/

 

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

That was  a SATIRE post. 



#19 malrak OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:27 PM

Heard that since the 90's

 

 

Seems like (whoever was saying it) was right.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:09 PM

In PC-zone it can actually have some practical use, like displaying side-views from your cockpit or going for some crazier fovs. At least I think that's how it works, never had one myself.

Yeah, that's true. And the 32:9 aspect ratio works out to be either a pair of 1920x1080 or 2560x1440 displays, depending on the resolution of the ultra-wide panel. 



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:19 PM

https://www.bestbuy....cat333800050004



#22 blainelocklair OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 PM

Oh, sweet Lord. I just looked at the BB link. Not only do all of the curved TVs seem to be no longer sold new, all of them seem to be open-box. And... wait for it... one of the open-box TVs is $12,600. I had to look twice. $12,600 for a used TV? Yeah, it's 88", but $12.6k? Flat 85s are $3,500 new. You'd have to want some swerve in your verve pretty bad for $12.6k.

 

I'm still sticking with the Cinerama! Now that's a value.



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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:28 PM

Heard that since the 90's


Yeah, technology is one of the few things that get more innovative as time goes on.

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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:32 AM

Yeah, technology is one of the few things that get more innovative as time goes on.

 

useful technology usually does it quickly, the stuff no one wants seems to stagnate forever 



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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:40 AM

Early adopters of technology often get screwed financially and then with obsolescence.  I learned my lesson in the 80's.






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