The curved display. Five years ago, excited and skeptical were all aflutter about a television or computer monitor that wasn’t a flat rectangle. Skeptics argued that it was simply tech for the sake of tech, and the wide-eyed among us (and the manufacturers themselves) marveled at total immersion in our gaming and movie experiences.

Fast forward, and the technology is here to stay. The brings us to Viotek’s 32″ offering, the NB32C Curved 1080P monitor.

There is a certain brightness and dynamic-ness that American consumers have come to expect from their displays — or should I say the displays at Walmart and Best Buy showing walls of gleaming Samsung and LG monitors that are truly best explained in the manners in which a Realtor writes about hardwood flooring. Comparatively speaking, the Viotek is, well, dull. But therein lies the dilemma for the consumer. Frankly, we are being lulled to sleep by brightness.

The Viotek BC32C’s screen is treated with an anti-glare coating and has refresh rates of 60hz and 75hz while offering an impressive 20,000:1 contrast ratio — this means that the monitor offers truer colors and better blacks and whites while being designed to go easy on the eyes.

This matters. While research. is. conflicted. it seems pretty clear that starting at screens all day while becoming more and more reliant on LED light sources is something that warrants further study. And while I would generally agree that a curved monitor offers a better experience for CAD/3D modeling/detail work and gaming especially, the immersive experience should not be at the expense of your eyes’ ability to focus and, you know, see.

I will say that the black isn’t exactly what I’d call “plasma inky” but I was not able to replicate some of the contrast problems reported by Amazon users.

The monitor is easy to assemble, plugs and plays and offers a huge desktop viewing experience for the price of a much smaller comparable monitor. At just $269.99, the BC32C offers solid value for someone looking to try their hand at a curved experience.

Manufacturer Specs:

• 32? Curved Full-HD Monitor prevents distortion, no matter the viewing angle
• 20,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for deeper blacks and brighter whites
• 60-75Hz refresh rate for continually bright images
• Anti-glare treated screen for an optimal viewing experience anywhere
• 1920 x 1080p FullHD resolution with VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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