'World's largest' 32-inch curved monitor shown off by Asus

Asus has revealed a prototype 32-inch curved monitor with WQHD resolution at Computex 2014.

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Asus' 32-inch curved WQHD monitor turned heads at Computex 2014. Aloysius Low/CNET

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- We've said it before, but when it comes to displays, manufacturers seem more and more convinced that curved is the word.

Samsung and LG are pushing curved TVs on top of curved phones, and now Asus is joining the party with a 32-inch monitor that also sports a gentle arc.

The prototype was on display at the Asus stand at Computex where the beautiful design and great images made it a bit of a head-turning exhibit.

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The display has a widescreen quad HD resolution -- 2,560x1,440 -- along with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It uses DisplayPort and has a 250cd/m2 brightness.

Not much else is known -- it's a prototype after all -- but it's a very nice looking piece of kit and one we'd like to see it move into actual production.

As we said, the display was crisp, clean, and bright, but it was the actual design of the monitor that really impressed. The metal finish around the bezel and the cunningly worked stand would be just as at home on a flagship TV range as a computer monitor.

We've certainly been dubious about curved displays in the past, but a lot of our issues have been around whether the curve creates issues for people on the periphery of the viewing angle.

For a TV -- where multiple people are likely to be watching together -- that's a problem. But for a monitor (or a phone), the individual is usually in the viewing "sweet spot" by default.

We can't say whether a curved computer monitor would actually create an "immersive and cinematic" experience, but we can say that the Asus prototype is a beautiful beast that we'd love to see on our desks.

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A closer look at the design of the stand. Aloysius Low/CNET

 

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