Samsung's big monitor push at CES this year was all about curvature. The 1000R measurement of the Odyssey G9 and G7 gaming monitors is said to correspond more closely to the field of view of the human eye. I tried the colossal 49-inch G9 and it actually felt like the screen was wrapped around me, although for some reason Samsung decided to test it with the 16: 9 Overwatch.
But these panels don't just have to be good for games – I could see that they also make a big difference in productivity. The problem is that the Odyssey models look like they were assembled with reused components of a spaceship hyperdrive.
Could you get away with it in your office?
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This is probably why Samsung is now adding stricter designs to its 1000R range. As noted by SamMobile, the T55 series is available in 24, 27 and 32 inch sizes, all with FreeSync compatible 75 Hz 1080p VA displays. They also have a fabric structure on the back, thin bezels, and a slim metal base.
Unfortunately, this means that these monitors look good on your desk, but offer nothing that comes close to the resolution or space requirements of the Odyssey models. According to Samsung, the 1000R curvature still helps reduce eye strain, which is of course a consideration for office workers, but the difference won't be as dramatic with smaller 16: 9 panels.
However, this is a sign that Samsung is serious about this whole 1000R thing, and maybe we'll see soon that some more tasteful Ultrawide models will soon split the difference. Pricing and availability for the T55 series have not yet been announced.