• Panel Type: VA
  • Display Size: 40-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Connectivity: 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x VGA, 2x USB 3.0
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178°(H), 178° (V)
  • Dimensions: 909 x 643 x 247 mm
  • Weight: 16.42kg
  • Pros:
  • Large screen
  • Connectivity
  • Cons:
  • Lacks ergonomic features

Centre Of Entertainment

With gaming such a big thing now, people forget that monitors should also be designed for entertainment. Philips’ new BDM4037UW does just that, at a size that turns more than a couple of heads.

As a 40-inch display, the BDM4037UW is huge for a monitor. Its curved body has thin bezels, combining to deliver a greater sense of viewing immersion. In addition, it has a smooth looking silver colour and a solid metal stand.

Despite its thin looking crescent-shaped stand, the well-built monitor’s weight is easily supported by it. However, it lacks of ergonomic features, with only a small degree of tilt available. The good thing is that users can remove the stand and VESA mount the display instead.

It’s weird to call this a monitor, considering that you can’t actually use it on a personal desk and still have optimal viewing distance. At its size, the BDM4037UW is better off being treated the way a TV does – a good 1-2 metres away to avoid straining your eyes. It does have features like flicker-free to reduce eye fatigue, but it’s still better to keep an optimal distance.

Thanks to its large number of different I/O ports, this monitor is ideally used as a display hub for multiple devices. Its HDML ports are MHL compatible, so you can also connect compatible devices to it. What makes it great as a display hub is its Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows it to output visuals for multiple devices at the same time. We tested this by running two PCs and a gaming console at the same time, managing to get them all to show up.

Furthermore, the BDM4037UW is also excellent for multitasking for Windows 10 PC users. With this monitor, you can have a document file and a browser window open, something that we often do when writing our articles. Able to deliver 4K resolutions at 60FPS at 4K, it’s can also be used for games and video playback.

This monitor delivers good colour accuracy and contrast ratio, as well as a loud enough internal speaker, though they can sound a bit tinny at times. As a result, it can be used to cover for your multimedia entertainment, productivity, and even gaming. Truly, a jack of all trades.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A versatile monitor with a huge screen size and an unbeatable price.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

Philips BDM4037UW