Curved monitors are great, but they suffer one issue: the human eye can tire from working around the curve. If the monitor curve doesn’t reach a certain angle, our eyes have to work a little harder to take in the entire screen.
The answer? Make a curved monitor that doesn’t suffer the same issues. Enter 1000R curved monitors.
So, what is a 1000R curved monitor, and what are the benefits?
What Is a 1000R Curve Monitor?
The 1000R refers to the curvature of the monitor screen. The “R” stands for radius, while “1000” refers to the measurement in millimeters.
A 1000R curved monitor would form a perfect circle of 1m, with a radius of 1000mm. Visualizing a circle is a good way of imagining the prospective curvature of the monitor. A larger R number means a less pronounced curvature.
Why Is 1000R Curve Important?
The introduction of 1000R curve monitors is important as the increase in curvature is better for human vision. Most curved monitors use higher R numbers, with common radii including 1800R, 2300R, and even 3800R. These curvatures range from reasonably curved at 1800R up to a very gentle curve at 3800R.
The difficulty for users comes in larger monitors with a gentle curve and our vision. Taking in and using an entire monitor with a larger curvature is somewhat unnatural.
The relationship between the R number and the distance between your monitor and office chair is also a consideration. The majority of people sit around 1m from the monitor. If the monitor’s radius is 3800R and you’re only a meter away from the screen, you’re going to spend a lot of time moving your head and neck around to find what you need.
The 1000R curve theoretically works in sync with the 1-meter distance, aligning your monitor, distance from the monitor, and eyeline for optimal usage.
Does 1000R Provide Any Benefits?
The main benefits come from the viewing experience. The 1000R curvature makes it easier to view the entire curved screen at a glance without turning your head or moving your chair. A 1000R monitor’s perception can feel more akin to a flat monitor of a similar size, as your eyeline adjusts to a more natural curvature, too.
So, in theory, it allows for a more relaxing ultrawide monitor experience, reducing eyestrain in the process.
1000R vs. 1800R Curve Monitors
So, the major difference between the monitor curvature is how it appears to the user. The following image, from Samsung, illustrates the difference in angle between a 1000R and 1800R curve.
The 1000R curve is far more pronounced than the 1800R curve and seems excessive in comparison to the flat screen line. Using the visual comparison can help you figure out if a 1000R curve monitor will suit you.
Struggling to see the curvature? Here’s a Reddit post that illustrates the curvature of the 1000R monitor.
1000R Monitors You Can Buy Right Now
1000R ultrawide monitors are still relatively new. But there are three 1000R monitors on the market already, with entries from Samsung and MSI.
The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a mammoth 49-inch Dual Quad HD (DQHD) 1000R curved gaming monitor. It has a massively fast refresh rate of 240Hz and a response time of 1ms. The Odyssey G9 arrives Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync ready and is Samsung’s biggest ever gaming monitor. The Odyssey G9 also supports HDR 1000 across the enormous 5120×1440 full-screen resolution.
There’s no doubt about it, Samsung Odyssey G9 is a behemoth. One nice touch is the futuristic back panel of the monitor. The Odyssey G9 stand and monitor connection is RGB, known as “Infinity Core,” meaning you can match it with the rest of your gaming setup.
Another thing to note is the substantial stand for the Odyssey G9. The 49-inch 1000R curve monitor weighs in at a substantial 16.7 kg, so it needs an equally substantial stand.
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The second 1000R for your consideration is the Samsung Odyssey G7, a more reasonably sized 31.5-inch WQHD 1000R curved gaming monitor. Like the Odyssey G9, it features both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, as well as the 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. The full-screen resolution of the Odyssey G7 is 2560×1440.
The Odyssey G7 also features support for HDR 600. While that isn’t quite as substantial as the HDR 1000 of the Odyssey G9, it is still excellent future-proofing for the medium term. Also, like the Odyssey G9, the G7 has the flashy Infinity Core RGB lighting.
If the 31.5-inch version is still too large for your desk, there is also a 27-inch version of the Samsung Odyssey G7 with the exact same specs.
The third entry in the Samsung Odyssey 1000R roster is the smallest option, the Odyssey G5. The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a 32-inch 1000R curve monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution. It doesn’t feature the same rapid refresh rate as the other monitors, featuring a 144Hz refresh with a 1ms response.
Another difference is that the Odyssey G5 only includes AMD FreeSync Premium, but not Nvidia G-Sync, as well as support for HDR10 rather than HDR600.
Do You Need a 1000R Curve Monitor?
Not many people have had the chance to use a 1000R curve monitor at the time of writing. The Samsung Odyssey G7 and G9 are, however, making waves throughout the gaming world. Those who use the 1000R curve monitor report that the additional curvature is difficult to adjust initially, but the unfamiliarity doesn’t last for long.
Whether you upgrade to a 1000R depends on your computer usage. As someone that uses computers for prolonged periods each day, I would try anything that provides additional comfort over a long period, the gaming credentials of the 1000R monitors aside.
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