Curved TVs were the biggest buzz of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Everybody had one to
show off. Samsung even had one that could bend from flat to curved at the press of a button.
But that doesn�t mean you should buy one. I�m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5 I�m counting down the
reasons to think twice before buying one of these curved TVs.
5. They stick out.
Starting off at #5: They stick out. I mean they literally stick out. Just when we finally have some
affordable, impossibly thin TVs that can blend right into your wall. Now, all the sudden we�re supposed
to be cool TVs that have wings? It�s creepy. It�s like the TV is coming in for a hug. I need boundaries.
At #4: Size. Because these things visually distort at the edges, you�ll either need to go really big or sit
really close for it to seem immersive, and not annoying. There�s a reason that the curved TVs of CES
were around 80-100 inches. Anything smaller, and that curve is just a novelty.
Coming in at #3: Positioning. With a curved screen, the visual sweet spot gets pretty narrow. Anything
less than front and center, and those wings start directing the image away from you. For one or two
people, it�s immersive -- but family movie night is going to have some cheap seats.
At #2: Price. If you think the hot new trend in TVs will be cheap, think again. Especially when you
figure you�ll need to buy something over 70 inches just to do it right. If you can find an affordable
curved TV in 2014, it�s probably just a flat panel someone left in the sun too long.
Now, before we get to the #1 reason not to buy a curved TV, let me take a moment to point out some
reasons you might want to buy one anyway.
Without a doubt, these TVs are going to be fun to show off. They�re great for gamers who are going to
sit close to the TV anyway. A version with a 21:9 screen could be cool for a pure movie experience.
Arguably, these screens minimize ambient lighting reflections. But ultimately the best reason to buy a
curved TV is that you have too much money on your hands.
Alright and now the #1 reason not to buy a curved TV: it�s a fad. This is a perfect example of
manufacturers doing something just because they can, not because it actually makes sense. If they
can convince everyone that flat screens are out of fashion, they stand to make a lot of money. But in
five years when flat is back, that curved screen on your wall will be about as cool a pair of acid wash
So there you go, five reasons to keep your flat screen flat. For a more indepth reasoning of the appeal
and drawbacks of curved screens, check out David Katzmaiers post on CNET, titled �Are curved TVs a
And of course, for more Top 5s from me, Top5.CNET.com
I�m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.