Corsair created quite the stir when announcing a massive 45in OLED monitor in the summer. Dubbed Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240, this ‘bend-on-demand’ monitor is priced at £1,999 and available for pre-order from Corsair’s webstore, with delivery scheduled in two to three weeks.
£2,099 on these here shores, the world’s first bendable OLED gaming monitor is born from a partnership with panel maker LG. The 45in W-OLED panel boasts a 21:9 (3440×1440) WQHD resolution, capable of refreshing at a fast 240Hz. Thanks to its OLED nature, the panel can achieve a 1,350,000:1 contrast ratio ensuring deep blacks, perfect for movie watching and gaming in HDR10.
It’s a shame that a higher-resolution panel was not available at the time of launch as a 3840×1600 or 5184×2160 would have been the icing on the cake for this AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia G-Sync monitor.
Corsair specifies a 100 per cent sRGB and impressive 98.5 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage. Inputs include two HDMI 2.1, a single DisplayPort 1.4 and USB Type-C DP Alt-Mode.
The real star of the show is the bendy screen which goes from flat into an 800R curve in seconds – adjustable in as many increments as physically possible. You can keep it flat when you work or watch movies from a distance, then curve when it’s game time.
Seeing is believing, right? The 18-second video shows the smooth action as the monitor goes from flat to curved, though it must be said the process is not automatic – one needs to pull the handles inwards on either side to promote the curve.
LG has also debuted bendy OLED Flex TVs recently, though at $2,499 for a 42in, the value proposition isn’t as keen.