A computer screen bigger than your TV?  It is the new fashion of Samsung and LG

A computer screen bigger than your TV? It is the new fashion of Samsung and LG

A computer screen bigger than your TV?  It is the new fashion of Samsung and LG

With their diagonals of 42 and 55 inches, the LG OLED Flex and Samsung Odyssey Ark screens are not afraid of excess. Even more impressive, one curve using a motor and the other swiveling to be used vertically.

At IFA 2022 in Berlin, screens are once again in the spotlight. In addition to giant (97-inch) OLED panels, early Micro-LED TVs and foldable computers, another trend is emerging: that of extravagant desktop monitors. After the screens in square format (3: 2) and those in panoramic format (32: 9), now there is a new trend: that of XXL formats, curved and capable of transforming themselves. Samsung and LG, the two market leaders, have both launched such products.

From Samsung, a 55-inch screen that spins

The most notable of the two is undoubtedly the Samsung Odyssey Ark. It measures 55 inches, a size usually associated with televisions. It is simply gigantic, but you can’t see it thanks to the very strong curvature of the plate. So much the better, even if we prefer to warn you: better to have a very large desk.

The strength of the Ark of the Odyssey is that it can be rotated to be used vertically. To do what? Samsung’s idea is to make you view multiple screens at the same time. Do you play downstairs? You can also view the central desk and the top TV. Only regret: it is not possible to connect multiple sources at the same time. No Netflix from Apple TV upstairs and PlayStation 5 downstairs. However, horizontally, the immersion is impressive. Too bad the screen overheats a bit, which can ruin the game if you play very closely to only see the screen.

Samsung Odyssey Flex
The Samsung Odyssey Ark can rotate 90 degrees. The upper space is used to display other windows. // Source: numerama

At € 2,999 and available from September 7, the Samsung Odyssey Ark is a truly high-end display. In addition to its giant curved and rotatable format, it uses a QLED (Mini-LED) panel, has a refresh rate of 165Hz, and comes with several accessories, such as a junction box, control wheel, and remote control. It is undeniably the screen of excess, undoubtedly the protagonist of the IFA. It remains to be seen how much Samsung will sell.

In LG, a 42-inch screen that warps itself

LG has an advantage over Samsung: OLED. Absolute master of this technology, the Korean manufacturer offers a gaming screen capable of displaying truly blacks, while those of Samsung are not always.

Otherwise, the LG OLED Flex LX3 seems to us a notch below. Smaller (42 inches) and a little less fluid (120 Hz), it’s less likely to impress gamers. On the other hand, it has a new feature: a setting allows you to adjust its curvature. It can be flat or curved, you decide. An engine then takes care of the deformation. It’s pretty spectacular to see, but we necessarily wonder if we don’t risk using it the same way after the wow effect.

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LG Signature W8 OLED TV // Source: LG

LG Flex
LG OLED Flex screen can curve using a motor. // Source: numerama

LG has not disclosed the price for its magic screen, which should be available in early 2023. However, we were given a price of around 3,000 euros, which would not disappoint compared to the prices of the brand’s OLED TVs and the technology incorporated here. Will the emergence of teleworking make our desktop screens giant? Answer in a few months.

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