I did not anticipate to like Corsair’s bendable OLED display screen this a lot
In addition to being faintly terrifying to flex, Corsair’s new flexible OLED gaming monitor seems to not be the pointless MacGuffin I feared it is likely to be. It is nonetheless going to be significantly dear, although.
Sure, Corsair as we speak introduced down a prototype of its Xeneon Flex (opens in new tab) OLED monitor for me to play with. That is the one you possibly can shift between a typical flat display screen monitor and a curved one, as you see match. This meant I might get hands-on with the gadget and see what the fuss was about. And because it seems, there’s lots right here to get enthusiastic about, and never simply due to that straight-to-curved gimmick, which really will not be that gimmicky in spite of everything.
My instant response to seeing the Xeneon Flex in individual was surprisingly to not seize it and begin bending it to my will, however fairly to gawp at its LG-made OLED panel. This factor is gorgeous to take a look at, with beautiful distinction and colours that basically pop. There is a depth to the blacks right here that make you see movies in a brand new mild, and the likes of the newest Avatar 2 trailer look completely unimaginable.
We have not too long ago seen a number of OLED displays, with Alienware’s 34 QD-OLED (opens in new tab) shortly changing into a brand new favourite gaming monitor within the workplace. And whereas the Corsair display screen has a number of extra tips up its sleeve, the actual fact it’s constructed round such a robust panel is all the time going to be a robust start line.
You are going to need to recreation on this monitor.
We have already coated the specs for Corsair’s new display screen (opens in new tab), together with the truth that it has a local decision of 3440 x 1440 throughout its 45-inch panel, resulting in a comparatively low pixel density of 83ppi. That did not really feel like a specific drawback in video games, though I did not use it a lot in Home windows past launching video games, which can have highlighted its shortcomings on this entrance extra.
One factor that is noteworthy from enjoying video games on it’s that it is a fast panel. Fairly other than the 240Hz refresh price, which is vaguely achievable on extra modest playing cards because of that native decision, it additionally boasts a 0.03ms GtG response time. You may banish movement blur as soon as and for all, mainly. Except you determine to allow it in your recreation of alternative that’s. You monster.
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Which is all high-quality and effectively, however what of its social gathering trick? What’s it like to truly convert between a flatscreen monitor and a curved one? To start out with, it is terrifying. Even watching Corsair’s PR pull the edges ahead flawlessly to result in its super-tight 800R curve had me watching behind trembling fingers, they usually’d executed that numerous occasions by that time. That did not cease my mind from complaining that this was clearly unsuitable and an abomination although.
It does not take lengthy to get a deal with on precisely how a lot drive to make use of although. The primary bend is understandably worrying, however you then shortly get a really feel for it and it turns into simple. Not precisely straightforward, as a result of there is a little bit of your mind saying “no, no, no, cease!” nevertheless it works. There’s an audible click on as you attain the complete 800R bend and once you return it to flatness. The plan is to have three middleman clicks within the delivery mannequin as effectively—this right here I’ve obtained my palms on is a prototype.
You are not restricted to the tightest curves by the way in which. If you wish to have a subtler curve, extra within the 1000R vary, then you possibly can. Simply carry the edges in till you are blissful. You may curve only one facet of the display screen as effectively, which can really work relying in your format.
I am not satisfied both, however I am certain there may be somebody on the market that may need to.
This does beg the query, why do you want a display screen that may be curved or flat? The concept of working in photoshop, workplace apps, or no matter, after which going for a extra immersive curve for gaming does make sense. Driving video games as an illustration profit from a slight wrap-around, and even Halo Infinite felt extra immersive with the edges introduced in.
I am not usually a fan of curved screens, as I play completely different sorts of video games, and a few do not profit from being curved. Some do, resembling Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) and Apex Legends (opens in new tab), whereas the likes of MtG Enviornment (opens in new tab) and Hearthstone (opens in new tab) do not care in any respect. The Xeneon Flex may very well present that good answer to let me select as wanted. Supplied the value is correct after all.
There’s nonetheless no official phrase on the pricing at this level. The Xeneon Flex will not hit the shops till the brand new yr although, so there’s nonetheless loads of time to kind that one out, however that is one monitor I will be maintaining a tally of.