I did not count on to like Corsair’s bendable OLED display 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 may be. It is nonetheless going to be critically dear, although.
Sure, Corsair at this time 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 monitor and a curved one, as you see match. This meant I may get hands-on with the machine 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 might not be that gimmicky in any case.
My instant response to seeing the Xeneon Flex in particular person was surprisingly to not seize it and begin bending it to my will, however quite to gawp at its LG-made OLED panel. This factor is gorgeous to have 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 unbelievable.
We have just lately seen a couple of OLED screens, with Alienware’s 34 QD-OLED (opens in new tab) rapidly changing into a brand new favourite gaming monitor within the workplace. And whereas the Corsair display has a couple of extra tips up its sleeve, the actual fact it’s constructed round such a powerful panel is at all times going to be a strong start line.
You are going to need to sport on this monitor.
We have already lined the specs for Corsair’s new display (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 taking part in video games on it’s that this can be a fast panel. Fairly other than the 240Hz refresh charge, which is vaguely achievable on extra modest playing cards due to that native decision, it additionally boasts a 0.03ms GtG response time. You’ll be able to banish movement blur as soon as and for all, principally. Until you determine to allow it in your sport of alternative that’s. You monster.
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Which is all tremendous and effectively, however what of its celebration trick? What’s it like to truly convert between a flatscreen monitor and a curved one? To begin with, it is terrifying. Even watching Corsair’s PR pull the perimeters ahead flawlessly to result in its super-tight 800R curve had me watching behind trembling fingers, they usually’d completed that numerous instances by that time. That did not cease my mind from complaining that this was clearly incorrect 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 then you definately rapidly get a really feel for it and it turns into easy. Not precisely straightforward, as a result of there is a little bit of your mind saying “no, no, no, cease!” but it surely works. There’s an audible click on as you attain the complete 800R bend and whenever you return it to flatness. The plan is to have three middleman clicks within the delivery mannequin as effectively—this right here I’ve received my palms on is a prototype.
You are not restricted to the tightest curves by the best way. If you wish to have a subtler curve, extra within the 1000R vary, then you possibly can. Simply convey the perimeters in till you are comfortable. You’ll be able to curve only one aspect of the display as effectively, which can really work relying in your format.
I am not satisfied both, however I am certain there’s somebody on the market that can need to.
This does beg the query, why do you want a display that may be curved or flat? The thought 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 perimeters 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, similar to Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) and Apex Legends (opens in new tab), whereas the likes of MtG Area (opens in new tab) and Hearthstone (opens in new tab) do not care in any respect. The Xeneon Flex may very well present that excellent resolution to let me select as wanted. Supplied the worth is true in fact.
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 type that one out, however that is one monitor I will be keeping track of.