So, I searched for the properly sized monitor, of an acceptable brand and specs, and headed to Best Buy. I really like Samsung quality and Best Buy happened to have a 24 inch flat screen Samsung with 4 millisecond or less response time for a little over a hundred dollars. When I got to the store I was disappointed to learn they only had one in stock. I needed two that matched for my wife's and my side by side computer. They had a pair of some off-brand 24 inch monitor for $30 more, or for $40 more I could buy a pair of this Samsung curved screen. I had been pretty skeptical about the curved screen 'fad', and had no desire to pay more to try them. Circumstances conspired to make this the only real choice to buy if I wanted monitors that day, so I took a chance on them. Wow. After using them for about a month, both my wife and I agree, they are a great choice. They make watching anything displayed, immersive. It's not 3D, but it almost feels like it. While watching a video, if something travels off the edge of the screen, I catch my self turning my head to follow it.
We both sit 24-30 inches away from the screen while typing, and slightly farther away when viewing a video.
I really don't have anything bad to say about our experience so far. The positives of this purchase are:
1. Samsung quality.
2. Easy, straight forward stand assembly.
3. Cords were included, power and HDMI.
4. Price was much less than an advertised 'Gaming' monitor and still had the specs we were looking for.
5. The chance we took on the curved screen has paid off. We hoped for 'tolerable', and are so impressed now that we probably won't buy another non-curved product for our home.
One last note about the difference between monitors advertised as 'gaming', vs this monitor. The only difference I saw was the response time. We do a lot of things with the computers, but the most graphic intensive thing we do is play World of Warcraft. A search for information led us to the conclusion that there would be no noticeable difference between a 6ms response time and a 1ms response time. This monitor has a 4ms response time. I cannot justify spending at least one-hundred dollars more for three 1/1000 of a second response time, especially if it is completely unnoticeable.
I would definitely recommend this product and I would purchase it again if I had it to do over.