When I set out to review Corsair’s Xeneon Flex, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve used curved monitors before, but the ability to transition from flat to flex and back? That had me intrigued, but — as someone who is relatively new to the world of external monitors — I wasn’t convinced that the novelty of having a monitor that could flex to an 800r radius would make the $1,999 price tag worth it.
First impressions of the Corsair Xeneon Flex
Straight away, this monitor blew me away. I expected to hook it up, play with the curve a bit, run a couple of videos through it, and try pushing the frame rate. But when I plugged it into my gaming PC for the first time and saw the panel light up, I was completely floored.
Look at that curve.
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For context, I’ve seen a lot of good-looking 4K OLED displays in the past, but the Xeneon Flex boasts an unreal 1.5M to 1 contrast ratio. I’ve never seen anything like it in person, and the colors are so incredibly vibrant that pairing it with the ultra-wide 4K resolution almost plays tricks on your brain. When the image is still, the Xeneon Flex stops reading “monitor” to me and instead reads “high-quality print” due to the cleanliness of the lines, the vibrancy of the colors, and the high pixel density. When the video begins again, my brain almost takes a second to recalibrate, making the entire thing a phenomenal experience.