The “transformation” of the screen is possible thanks to a W-OLED panel from LG Display, with which Corsair worked closely for the development of Xenon Flex. Interestingly, unlike a prototype LG display shown at CES last year, which used a motor to transition between flat and curved modes, the Corsair has you bend its display by hand to get its final shape. As this video from YouTuber Bitwit explains, this is made possible by a pair of handles extending from the left and right sides of the screen.
You can even adjust the curvature of the left and right sides of the screen independently, which is cool, although it’s not entirely clear why you’d want to do that.
This particular implementation is an interesting idea because curved and flat screens can be good at different things. Some people prefer flat screens for productivity because they display a less distorted image and are less prone to reflections. But others like the sense of immersion a curved screen can provide, especially for gaming, where at the right size and distance, the screen fills your entire peripheral vision.
As for the rest of the specs, the Corsair’s display is a 45-inch 21:9 ultrawide panel with a 240Hz refresh rate and 1000 nits peak brightness. The maximum curvature of the Xeneon Flex is 800R, but you can choose any curvature that suits you. It supports Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Premium technologies with variable refresh rates, and has plenty of ports on the front and back. We find HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C and USB-A ports as well as a headphone jack.
As Chinese TV maker Skyworth announced its own flexible TV last year, Corsair’s Xenon Flex isn’t exactly world class. Corsair says more information on release, availability and final specifications will be announced later this year.
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