- Screen: 43-inch UHD (3840 x 2160)
- Panel: TPV IPS
- Response Time: 5ms (Grey to Grey)
- Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
- Input: HDMI (v2.0) x2, DisplayPort 1.2 x2, VGA
- Dimensions: 965.2mm x 259.08mm x 629.92mm
- Vibrant display
- Great viewing angles
- Generous number of I/O ports
Big And Bright
Are you in the market for a UHD display for your computer? You’re in luck then as Philips has recently unveiled its 43 inch 4K beast in the form of the Philips Brilliance BDM4350UC 4K monitor, a display that depending on how you look at it, can easily be confused for a television.
As mentioned, the BDM4350UC is a 43 inch 4K monitor, which utilises a variant of an IPS panel called TPV IPS for better colour accuracy. The display also supports 10-bit colour processing, which is great for designers who work using a large colour spectrum.
Sporting a 5ms grey-to-grey response time, this monitor is meant more for designing and multimedia viewing than it is for gaming and the like. That being said, this monitor reportedly also has a viewing angle of 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically, and during our tests, we see that the claims are well and truly met.
In fact, the display is so vibrant and sharp, that even metres away, we could still make out some of the finer details of images and videos on the monitor. That being said, it is recommended that you sit at least 2-3 metres away from the monitor to truly appreciate how big and wide the monitor is, especially when used with the PC.
As far as port options go, the BDM4350UC monitor sports two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one VGA port, one 3.5mm audio out port, and four USB 3.0 ports as well, which we feel is very generous of Philips.
One thing to note is that while the monitor does support 60Hz at 4K resolution, you will need to use a HDMI 2.0 port, or a DisplayPort 1.2 port to enable it. Good news is at lower resolutions, 60Hz is available across the board.
OSD, or On Screen Displays are often the bane of many users when it comes to adjusting the monitor’s various settings, but Philips has managed to make this a pretty simple affair by using a small 4-way joystick, which also functions as the monitor’s power button. Right off the bat, you can change the monitor’s various preset visual settings and adjust them with ease. There are more options of course, but it’s definitely easy to navigate thanks to the joystick.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The Philips Brilliance BDM4350UC 4K monitor is a beauty to behold. Its thin bezel makes the display look larger, while its abundance of ports allow it to be used with many devices. We’d highly recommend it based on just the price-to-display ratio alone.
(previously published in issue June 2016)