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I don't very much on here about flat panel displays for desktop computing, but I figure my personal experience may be helpful to someone searching displays for their own setups. So here's what I've learned.

1. Curved displays work great for single users; less so for multiple viewers. There is much to be said for the logic behind sitting at the focal point of the arc formed by a curved display. In laymens' terms, imagine if the curved display was part of a circle--the focal point would be the center of this circle. The more curve to the display, the smaller the circle, and the closer to the display the focal point is. Sitting outside the focal point can give a viewing experience subpar even compared to a normal flat display.

2. A big, single display > multiple displays; unless you are a specialized user. Specialized users are those who need extremely fast refresh rates, extremely low latencies, unusual display needs, etc. I'd originally considered an array of displays (2-6 of them, depending on size). Bezels are everpresent though. My recommendation is to try sitting in front of your tv (or standing in front of a store display) at the approximate range you expect be from the display at your desk. Surprisingly, you may find--as I did--that this leads to a much larger display size than you might think.

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I'm currently using a 40" AOC curved screen 4k monitor. I mounted it on a floor stand sitting behind my desk. While this sounds like a massively sized display for a computer--I would encourage you not to knock it until you try it. Sure, 4k and 60hz aren't going to cut the mustard for professional gamers, 3D users, etc. For RPG gamers and casual users--I find that this is a wonderful size. 4k's advantage is clearly visible in this size. The curved display keeps the display so it wraps around the user, just like one would do with multiple displays. The 40" size sits well within my peripherals, so I don't need to move my head physically to see all of it.

If I had a choice, I might go up to a 45" or possibly a 50" display, but that would be pushing it. And the market for 40"+ displays sufficiently compatible for use with a PC doesn't really exist at present.

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I think this is good advice.

I use two displays for my work. I don't game, this is a true work setup. I work on graphics that range up to 1920x1080 resolution and the rest is programming/spreadsheet/Word type stuff. So, a lot of text.

4K resolution is completely useless at 25" monitor sizes. The text is far too small at 100% resolution, and Windows tries to default everything to 200% resolution, which effectively lowers the resolution to 1920x1080. The reality is that 1920x1080 resolution is about all anyone really needs for day-to-day work if they have a standard 22" to 27" monitor. Additional resolution for gaming and the like is certainly a potential plus as long as lag times are good for the monitor.

Since I'm just not into games, and things don't have to be 100% perfect in terms of color matching, I'm happy with my monitors which have slightly higher than 1080p resolution at 2550x1440. It allows me to work on 1920x1080 graphics while still maintaining my tool bars around the screen.

I have likewise been in places where they have been putting in ultra widescreen monitors. I think the Samsung SE790. A 21:9 monitor for their programming staff. The staff seems to really like it and enjoys that there is no seam separating their previous dual display setup. This one is a 3440x1440 resolution, so once again, able to work on full frame 1080p content. I would probably be very happy with a similar monitor, but I'm fine with my dual setup.

I think that once you get into using actual TVs for monitors, you definitely give up some lag time. TVs just aren't the same as monitors. But, you may find that the price of a 40" 4K TV is much better than a similarly sized monitor. Plus, you can realistically get 4 1080p images in that space if you wanted to. Unlike a dual monitor setup, it may appear closer to a quadruple monitor setup.

I will agree, 100%, that for a single user, the curve is nice as it helps to ensure that your viewing range is consistent. This has got to be easier on the eyes throughout a day of work.

Unlike, curved TVs with multiple viewers, which is not only a gimmick, but actually brings down image quality for those who are not seated dead center of that viewing area... which is everyone else in the room. Multiviewer TVs should be flat, single viewer monitors should be curved.
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