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Curved Screen Tv Best Buy

Choosing the best curved TV could mean the difference between clumsily looking for the best viewing angle and a rich, panoramic experience that reinvents the way you watch television. Our evaluation focused on display/performance, refresh rate, user interface, and the number of ports.

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After more than 14 hours of research, our pick for the best curved TV goes to the Samsung UN65RU7300FXZA 65-Inch Curved TV. This dynamo is as well rounded as they come, starting with Purcolor for a rich color palette, Auto Depth Enhancer for contrast and viewing angle optimization, and a Motion Rate 120 refresh rate for smooth, fast motion scenes. Keep reading to learn more. For more quality product options, check out our guide to the best TVs.

WHY WE LIKE IT: This best curved screen TV features a sharp 4K Ultra HD image and the fun and intuitive Samsung Smart Hub, a simplified content interface that works great for subscribers of multiple streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.

This best curved TV is awesome. Although its 4K Ultra HD display does not carry the same cache as OLEDs and QLEDS with increased pixel count and better color density, it excels with contrasts and black levels using UHD dimming, Precision Black, and LED edge backlighting. Brightness is also a strong point (rated at 1000 nits) and UHD upscaling processes very efficiently in converting HD video to near 4K quality.

WHY WE LIKE IT: This curved TV features a UHD processor for stunning 4K picture quality and Purcolor for millions of new color shades and deep uniform blacks, an excellent choice for dark room viewing.

This Samsung RU7300 curved TV 4K is also on point with Smart capabilities. It features an easy, university on-screen guide with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility for easy voice command controls. Our only knock is that it sports a 60Hz refresh rate, which produces noticeable blur with high motion scenes like battling Games of Thrones scenes and X-Game contests. For improved high motion capabilities, check out our best TV for sports buying guide.

This curved 4K UHD TV produces a really tight picture. Its flagship 4K Color Drive Pro produces a deeper and wider color palette, especially with darker blacks and peak whites. We also love its Auto Depth Enhancer feature, which creates the effect of a more three-dimensional image by adjusting contrast ratios. One knock, however, is that it carries a native refresh rate of 60Hz which produces a noticeable blur during high-speed motion.

This curved TV shines with Quantum Dot technology, which delivers more than a billion shades of colors and 1000 nit peak brightness, working well with sunlit rooms or TVs facing windows. Another technology, Ultra Black, helps absorb light and scatter light glare, making it much easier to watch during the day time. Kudos for its Q Engine, which helps convert HD content to 4K resolution.

WHY WE LIKE IT: This high-quality curved TV comes with Quantum Dots for a billion-color palette and a no bezel screen, making it an excellent choice for people who prefer a minimalist look.

WHY WE LIKE IT: This budget curved TV comes with a smooth 120Hz native refresh rate and 4 HDMI ports, making it an excellent choice for people who have a lot of external devices to connect (e.g. Blu-ray player and a Playstation 4).

WHY WE LIKE IT: This curved design QLED comes with Auto Depth Enhancer technology for contrast optimization and a 120Hz native refresh rate, making this an excellent choice for gamers who enjoy high intensity, speedy motion scenes.

This best curved TV for gaming is an all-around winner. Sharp 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) and a quad-core processor, allows users to stream HD videos very quickly with minimal lag. Low input lag (120Hz native refresh rate) keeps high-speed motions with minimal to no blur, which is especially important for sports watching or gaming.

In determining the best curved screen TV to buy, we explored resolution, response rate, and technology. Our recommendation is a minimum of 4k resolution, which refers to how dense pixels are placed together on the image. The higher the number of pixels, the better the resolution. At the moment, 4K is widely supported by streaming services and an increasing number of channels.

Lastly, look to enhanced auxiliary features that increase your curved TVs depth perception and picture quality. Oen example is Depth Enhancer technology which helps to modify contrast depending on the area of the screen. This ensures increased depth at any seating position.

Curved TVs are almost extinct in the TV world as of 2021. Although they were easily available in the mid-2010s and Samsung offered a healthy selection, only a handful of models have curved screens now. They were introduced to help offer a more immersive viewing experience, as manufacturers claimed the curved edges allowed the screen to occupy a wider area in your field of vision. However, a curved TV is only beneficial if you're sitting close to the screen and you're the only one watching it, as those watching from the side may see a distorted image.

For the purposes of this article, we're going to compare a flat screen TV, the Samsung TU8000, and its curved screen variant, the Samsung TU8300. The TU8300 was the only curved screen model Samsung released in 2020.

Both flat and curved screen TVs have their own advantages and disadvantages regarding viewing angles. However, the panel type affects the viewing angles more than the curvature, so that means two TVs with the same panel type, regardless of their shape, should have the same viewing angles.

Below you can see the viewing angle videos from the Samsung TU7000, which we included instead of the TU8000 due to embedding limitations, and the TU8300. As you can see, they each have narrow viewing angles due to their VA panels, so the image quickly looks inaccurate regardless. However, the flat screen loses its image accuracy uniformly across the screen; this means that if you're watching from the left side, the left edge looks as inaccurate as the right edge. You don't get the same effect on a curved screen as if you're watching from the left side, the left edge will look different from the right edge, and the left side may even be hard to see at very wide angles.

A curved screen can be advantageous if you sit really close, especially if you use it as a PC monitor. On a flat screen TV with narrow viewing angles, the left and right edges appear darker and washed out if you sit too close. However, the curved screen helps bring the edges within your field of vision, so they may not appear as inaccurate.

Winner: Flat screens, but not by much. If you're choosing between a flat and curved screen with the same panel type, and you're going to watch TV with a few people, it's probably better to get a flat screen.

One of the main selling points of a curved screen was that they could fill more of your field of vision, making them appear bigger. Therefore, a 55 inch curved TV would actually look bigger than a 55 inch flat screen. This is true, but only to an extremely small degree. We calculated the difference by comparing two similar TVs: the Samsung UN55MU8000, and the Samsung UN55MU8500. Apart from the curved screen, the two share a similar design, and pretty much identical picture quality. We measured the screens and calculated the field of view for both TVs, assuming a seated position of eight feet away from the TVs. The larger the field of view (FOV), the more the screen fills your vision.

Due to their shape, flat and curved TVs handle reflections differently. As you can see above, light on the curved TV is 'stretched' across the screen, covering more space. However, reflections are harsher on the flat screen because of how it reflects directly back and doesn't stretch across the screen. Some people may simply prefer the reflection handling on curved screens more, but choosing one over the other really comes down to personal preference.

The biggest reason to get a curved TV would be because you enjoy the look of it. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that curved TVs are a bit bulkier in the back. Combined with the difference in shape, this can make mounting a TV to a wall a bit trickier.

As of the start of the 2020s, curved screens are practically a thing of the past. Samsung was the only major retailer to release a curved TV in 2020, and even at that, they only released one model. Their last premium curved TV was the Samsung Q7CN/Q7C QLED 2018, and since then, all of Samsung's QLED models are flat. Curved TVs used to cost a premium over their flat equivalent, but the Samsung TU8300 only costs a bit more than the Samsung TU8000, so there's no real difference between them. If you're buying a TV in 2021, it's more than likely that you're going to get a flat screen.

TV manufacturers once jumped on the hype train of curved screen TVs, but they've since booked a one-way ticket back to the flat screen world. Having a curved screen over a flat screen doesn't offer any real advantage in terms of picture quality, and curved screens are actually a worse choice if you have a wide seating arrangement because you can't see the edges properly from the side. There are a few advantages of a curved screen over a flat, like the screen appearing bigger if you sit close, and reflections not being as strong, but they're minor differences. There are only a handful of curved TVs being released as of 2021, so it's likely your next TV is going to be flat anyways.

Remember that curved OLED HDTV that LG was teasing way back at CES? Well, it's just begun shipping here in the US. A Best Buy store in Richfield, Minnesota is the first retailer to stock the 55-inch set, which is available beginning today for just shy of 15 grand. It's due to hit Magnolia stores at select Best Buys in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and San Antonio over the next few weeks. The curved design is intended to provide a more immersive experience for viewers, though $14,999 is a bit too steep any way you look at it. Samsung, meanwhile, has a curved 55-incher of its own -- that OLED screen arrived in Korea late last month, and is rolling out to (very) select US retailers this week, too. 041b061a72


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