I work from my home office as a software engineer so I’m in front of my screens practically all day. I bought 3, two for me and one for my wife. I replaced two 24″ HP flat screens with these bad boys. These being my first curved screens, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t like the curved effect (it seemed a bit gimmicky to me), however, I couldn’t be happier.
The brightness and clarity of these screens are also superior to my previous screens. I fiddled with brightness, sharpness, contrast but, in the end, I didn’t have to tweak them all that much. The default settings are pretty nice. While these screens are larger, they still have a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 so don’t expect a super fine HD quality image.
They were a breeze to assemble. Just snap the base into the slot in the monitor. I like the stand itself. It’s very low profile and leaves more space on my desk for my keyboard (wireless, illuminated, Logitech K800 – I suggest picking one up) and mouse (Microsoft wireless laser mouse 5000 – nothing fancy, gets the job done). When I bump my desk there is a bit of a wobble to the screens but it’s not bad or very noticeable.
Sometimes when I’m vigorously typing away, I will get a little wobble, but, again, I remain unperturbed. I was crossing my fingers (figuratively of course) when I pulled the screens from the box and examined them for damage.
The surface of each of the three screens I purchased was in flawless shape and after getting them hooked up, I looked for any dead pixels, color lines, etc. that would be a no-go. I’m pleased to say that all three screens were in top shape.
I primarily use Visual Studio and I found that I had to change the font from the default Consolas to another, finer, monotype font (I found a free one called Monofur that works perfectly at 12pt) in order to optimize font clarity and lines of code on the screen.
With these screens Consolas at 12pt was way too big. And simply reducing the font made it ugly (pixelated, blocky, etc.) so I wanted something better. I’m not sure how well the screenshot will translate to your current screen but I’ve captured a little snippet to share how clear my screen looks to me.
As for the curved effect, I was a bit concerned after reading other reviews, some of which go on about how terrible they are for spreadsheets. I’m not sure what that’s all about since I find that these screens are ideal for looking at long lines of text across the screen for extended periods.
When these screens are in front of you the curve itself is almost imperceptible. As I mentioned, I use two screens sitting side-by-side and I find that these perfectly wrap my work area in a more immersive way that my previous non-curved screens. My wife works on the other computer as an editor (so again lots of text and spreadsheets) and she absolutely loves it.
The ONLY complaint I have at the moment is that when I sit these two screens adjacent to each other, the tops/bottoms don’t line up perfectly. One edge is raised about 1/4″ over the other.
I haven’t fiddled with the monitor positions too much to see if I can correct it since I don’t really notice it while I’m working. I have a few thoughts on how to remedy it if it actually starts bothering me so I really can’t complain.
Overall, if you’re looking for a nice upgrade to your current screen without breaking the bank, these screens will do the job nicely.