Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED in the test: Make the bend!

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Corsair has made headlines with the flexible Xeneon Flex monitor, but the manufacturer is also willing to pay dearly for it: the price tag says 2,399 euros. That’s a lot of wood. The curved 49-inch Samsung Neo G9 Odyssey monitor (test score: 1.4) is available for almost half that. In return, the Corsair offers a really great and lively picture thanks to the LG OLED panel. With its extremely fast image generation and very high refresh rate, the monitor is well suited for gamers. The Samsung can do all of this just as well, the sheer picture quality doesn’t justify the double price at all – it’s due to the flexible display. Therefore: If you have a lot of money left over and really want to have the world’s first bendable gaming monitor, you can strike and will be enthusiastic – but also much poorer.

Per

  • Great picture quality
  • 240 Hertz
  • Fast image build-up
  • Sharp resolution
  • Display bendable

against

  • Expensive
  • Requires quite a lot of energy
Gaming monitors with bright colors, high resolution, fast image construction and fast image changes are a must for gamers. They differ in screens with curved panels, also known as curved monitors, and the classic rectangular panels. Which type works better is a matter of taste, with eSports professionals preferring the “flat” variant. Curved monitors, on the other hand, allow gamers to immerse themselves in the game world – especially in games, films or series, users are “right in the middle instead of just there”. But why not both? Corsair listened to this wish and brought the flexible Xeneon Flex onto the market. The COMPUTER BILD test clarifies what the part can do.

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The Xeneon Flex is a huge 45-inch gaming monitor and with its diagonal of 113 centimeters it just fits on a standard desk. If you buy the device, you have to reckon with the fact that not much more than a mouse, keyboard and a notebook will fit on the desk. The resolution is very sharp 3440×1440 pixels (UWQHD), almost a wider WQHD image. At 21:9, the display format is rather unusual for a gaming monitor. Most games are optimized for 16:9. Don’t worry: gamers can lower the resolution and play in 16:9 format, but then they will see two black bars on the left and right. However, this was not particularly noticeable in the test. On the other hand, those who edit videos or produce them on the PC will be happy about the wider format and the extra space.

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED in the test: Make the bend!  Pretty flexible: 800R is the curvature of a circle with a radius of 800 millimeters.

Pretty flexible: 800 R is the curvature of a circle with a radius of 800 millimeters.

But all this was already available from the competition, the unique selling point of the Corsair Xeneon is its flexibility. It can be bent manually with two handles to a curvature of up to 800 R – the “R” indicates the radius of the curvature in millimeters. And 800 R is really crooked, a few years ago a maximum of 1,000 R was possible. Gamers can choose for themselves whether they prefer to immerse themselves in curved mode in single-player worlds like “Red Dead Redemption 2” or whether they prefer to compete with other players in multiplayer games like “League of Legends” and leave the monitor flat . A nice gimmick, no doubt, but a €2,400 monitor must also deliver an impressive picture.

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED in the test: Make the bend!  With levers on the sides, the flex can be bent.  This worked quite well in the test - even if the user is instinctively afraid of damaging the monitor.

The flex can be bent with levers on the sides. This worked quite well in the test – even if the user is instinctively afraid of damaging the monitor.

And the Corsair does that thanks to the built-in OLED display from the manufacturer LG. The Xeneon Flex has everything a gamer’s heart desires: the refresh rate is pretty high at 240 Hertz – in other words: it refreshes the image up to 240 times per second. But the switching time of the pixels (also called image construction) is simply phenomenal at a maximum of 2.9 milliseconds. So that no unsightly tearing (distorted playback and ghost images) appears on the display, the Corsair uses G-Sync technology to synchronize playback with the calculated images of the graphics card – but only with Nvidia models. Before owners of AMD graphics cards get gasping: The monitor also works with the comparable FreeSync technology – but also with graphics chips from other manufacturers.

The Xeneon was completely convincing in the visual test: colors look fantastic, the picture is lively. The image display was consistently sharp in the test and shone with a high color fidelity of almost 98 percent. The white rendering came across as very natural. But: If the monitor only shows white, for example a snowy landscape or a white background, then the panel’s OLEDs dim down automatically. But this is only noticeable in very few cases. Speaking of which: Thanks to OLED technology, the monitor offers an extremely high contrast and, if required, a lot of brightness (maximum 676 candelas per square meter).

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED in the test: Make the bend!

Front (left to right): two USB-A sockets for external SSDs, mouse or keyboard and a headset connection.

Great idea: Corsair has the monitor connections on the back of the stand. This is a good solution, because the connections are often located on the underside of the monitor – commissioning is therefore usually a fiddly affair. Corsair has even installed a USB hub: In addition to a display port, there are also two HDMI inputs, two USB-C ports for external SSDs and two USB Type-A ports for keyboard and mouse. There are two more USB-A ports and a headset port on the front.

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED in the test: Make the bend!

Everything is there at the back: two HDMI sockets, a DisplayPort, two more USB-C and two USB Type-A sockets.

Corsair Xeneon Flex in the test: the conclusion

Corsair has made headlines with the flexible Xeneon Flex monitor, but the manufacturer is also willing to pay dearly for it: the price tag says 2,399 euros. That’s a lot of wood. The curved 49-inch Samsung Neo G9 Odyssey monitor (test score: 1.4) is available for almost half that. In return, the Corsair offers a really great and lively picture thanks to the LG OLED panel. With its extremely fast image generation and very high refresh rate, the monitor is well suited for gamers. The Samsung can do all of this just as well, the sheer picture quality doesn’t justify the double price at all – it’s due to the flexible display. Therefore: If you have a lot of money left over and really want to have the world’s first bendable gaming monitor, you can strike and will be enthusiastic – but also much poorer.
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