Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC; An In-Depth Review

In our past reviews, we have discussed how 32-inch 4K monitors can be huge for most workstations, but they can be dwarfed when up against Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC. This colossal 4K monitor has a 40-inch diagonal panel, and it can dominate both the desk and the room. But is it really the 4K PC monitor we have been waiting for? Find out in this Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

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Who is it for?

With a huge 40-inch panel, the Philips  Brilliance BDM4065UC is definitely not your everyday display. Rather, it’s an optimum solution for people who have longed for a massive monitor and has enough desk space to accommodate its size. The 40-inch size did the 4K resolution justice, making this monitor a great solution for design professionals, especially for people looking to double their monitor for work and entertainment. It’s great for movies or even games.

 

Benefits

 

Decent Colour and Contrast Performance Right Out of the Box

Philips BDM4065UC definitely scores decent performance straight out of the box. Brightness level is a little lower than its rivals (258 nits), but it is backed up by excellent black level (5 nits), which is lower than average screens. This makes a contrast ratio of 5160:1, which results to darker tones to be incredibly deep and black level giving colors better punch and variation through different ranges, with subtle shades easily detectable even in lighter ones.

Colour accuracy is pretty standard, the factory Delta E is at 2.65, fairly reasonable. However, colour accuracy is at 3.35 level, while its closest rival from Asus scored 1.95. Also, the colour temperature of 7372K is far from impressive, as it is too cold, and inferior compared to Asus and Samsung 4K screens. However, a little calibration in this monitor can beat Asus and cheaper Samsung rivals (only Samsung UD970 proved to be better).

 

See the Bigger Picture with All the Details

As said earlier, the massive 40-inch panel runs an Ultra High-Definition resolution (3840x2160p), giving users enough room to spread out their work and see the bigger picture in greater details. It’s a great solution for design and graphics professionals, as high resolution equates to improved details.

 

Comes with MultiView Technology to Let You View Multiple Devices on Screen Simultaneously

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Equipped with MultiView technology, this Philips monitor allows its users to connect multiple devices, whether it’s a separate PC or notebooks and share the display side-by-side simultaneously. This feature makes multitasking on different devices and working on multiple applications and windows a breeze. Users can connect their set-top box and watch their favorite live sports programs in one side of the screen, and browse the internet and work on the other side. Users can also set the screen to four separate windows and keep an eye on the live feed with audio, and work on their tasks.

 

4K Ultra HD Resolution for Design and Graphics Professionals

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Delivering UltraClear, 4K UHD (3840x2160) pixel images, Philips BDM4065UC definitely utilized its high performance panels with high density pixel count. High bandwidth sources such as HDMI, DisplayPort, and Dual link DVI will have its graphics come alive in this new display. Whether you’re a 3D graphics designer, a CAD-CAM engineer, or a financial professional working on huge spreadsheets, this Philips monitor will give you great quality images with ultra-clarity.

 

Decent Viewing Angles

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This monitor features 60Hz VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with true 8-bit colour reproduction, which gives the screen higher static contrast ratio for brighter and more vivid images. While standard office and computer applications will run with ease, this quality is perfect for photos, movies, gaming, web-browsing or even various graphic-demanding applications. Its pixels have also been optimized for 176/176° extra wide viewing angle, resulting to crisp and clear images. Colors start to lose a little punch from extreme angles, but don’t dim.

 

Dual Monitor Setup Options

It is hard to imagine putting this gigantic screen beside another screen, even if it’s a smaller monitor. So it is easy to assume there will be no dual monitor setup with this 40-inch screen. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have other ergonomic options. Philips provided 200x200 VESA-compliant mounting holes at the backside of the cabinet, which makes it a convenient alternative for the un-adjustable stand.

One of the best options out there is the Interactive Arm, VHD and the Interactive Arm, HD. Like other Ergotron products, both maintains the CF (Constant Force) technology, which holds the enormous screen securely in place, and still allows easy and smooth adjustments.

 

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The Interactive Arm, VHD can support screens ranging from 30-inch to 60-inch and weight of up to 70lbs. It comes with fully adjustable mount that allows the screen to swing to any direction, lift and hold the screen and make it look like floating mid-air. For a 40-inch screen like Philips BDM4065UC, this is a good wall mount to make a computer monitor/TV screen.

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The Interactive Arm, HD is another good option. It works exactly like the VHD, buy with a smaller capacity of up to 55-inch monitors and 40 lbs., weight capacity, which is still more than enough for this Philips monitor. Of course, it’s the cheaper option.

 

Design and Features

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From the front, it is easy to assume that the Philips BDM4065UC is a modern TV. By default, it runs 60Hz Refresh Rate, at 3840 x 2160p over DisplayPort 1.2. For HDMI and DisplayPort 1.1 however, it can only support 30Hz at 3840 x 2160. It is housed inside a bezel of a glossy black plastic measuring around 10mm (0.39 inches) at the top and sides. The bottom had a little extra width to accommodate the logo. There’s a small and fairly bright LED power indicator to the left of the logo; it glows when the monitor is on, and blinks when it’s on standby.

The screen has a relatively slender profile, measuring only around 0.71 inches) at its thinnest point. It protrudes slightly to peak of a round 2.76 inches. The right side houses the ‘zero watt’ power switch, which completely eliminates power consumption by cutting off power to the monitor.

Buttons and Controls

Facing the rear side, to the left of the power switch, there’s a ‘JOG button’ (joystick), which allows intuitive navigation of the monitor’s On-Screen Display (OSD). The positioning of the joystick is a little awkward, which requires quite a stretch given the monitor’s size. However, the controls are very easy to use, and the menu is quite easy to navigate. The OSD shows up in the low middle part of the screen.

Push the joystick up and the OSD gives you quick access to the Multi View menu, which includes a selection of PIP (Picture-In-Picture), PBP 2Win (Picture-by-Picture, Two Windows), PBP 3 Win, PBP 4 Win, Swap and Off.

Push the joystick down and you will lead to the Audio Source, with a selection of Audio In, HDMI, MHL-HDMI, DisplayPort and Mini DP.

Move the joystick to the right and you will get the Menu System. The navigation includes selection for Input (VGA, HDMI, MHL-HDMI, DisplayPort and Mini DP), Picture (Picture Format, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, SmartResponse, SmartContrast, Gamma, Pixel Orbiting, and Over Scan), PIP/PBP, Audio and Color.

 

With Mild Haze Anti-Glare Coating to Help Reduce Reflections

The front side is highly dominated by a huge glossy screen, with a very mild haze value (3-4%) anti-glare coating, quite similar to most glossy TV. It may not have mirror-like reflections like some glossy surfaces (such as untreated glass), rather, it gives reflections with a darker look and softer outlines. You have to make sure light does not directly hit the screen surface, either behind you or from the side. You can easily see your reflection in bright room with daylight streaming. Reflections reduce when ambient light is dimmer though.

Turning the monitor on however, the light produced by the screen itself, eliminates a lot of reflections, especially when showing lighter content. The screen remains clear and vibrant, way better than what we normally see on screens with ‘light matte’ surface.

 

7Watt Built-in Speakers with Decent Volume

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As with most new monitor models out there, Philips BDM4065UC also comes with built-in speakers. But unlike most, its built-in speakers are actually fairly loud, with reasonable output. It has a decent volume, though it lacks bass and clarity in the mid tones. But then again, it’s better than most integrated speakers out there. It’s inferior to most external speakers, but it’s a great choice for people who want to keep their desk clean and free of extra peripherals.

 

I/O Ports

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The left side of the cabinet houses most of the monitor’s ports and connectivity options, including  3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio input, VGA (D-Sub), DP 1.2 input, MiniDP 1.2 input, HDMI 1.4 ports (one with MHL) and an RS232 port (for factory servicing etc.)

The K-slot and 4 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) are housed at the right side (when facing the rear side of the cabinet) of the cabinet.

 

Solid Stand But with Very Limited Adjustability

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Mounted on a fixed rectangular-frame metal stand, the massive monitor is hard to move. The base does a nice job in keeping the display stable and secure. However, the stand does not provide any adjustment and ergonomic options, not even tilt. Good thing it offers 200x200mm VESA standard mounting holes.   

 

Tech Specs

Package includes a DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, VGA cable, power cable and 3.5mm audio cable is included in the box.

 

Bottom Line

The sheer size of Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC makes it a magnificent piece for any desk. The 40-inch screen panel really does wonders for the 4K resolution. It may seem odd to work on such a colossal monitor at first, but you will be surprised on how easily you can get used to it on your workstation.

Design wise, it’s very pleasant to have; the combination of HDTV aesthetic and computer monitor functionality indeed looks neat. The slim bezel also adds to the aesthetic. It may be a little expensive, but compared it’s a better deal compared to many 30-inch monitors that runs at 2560 x 1600p resolution, which are often more expensive.

This 40-inch 4K monitor from Philips is far from perfect though. The panel itself has viewing angle issues when you’re sitting at the close extreme side. Also, color temperature remains consistently cool.

Another disappointment is the stand’s lack of adjustability; it doesn’t even provide the simplest tilt adjustment. Maybe Philips considered the massive size and weight, and they want the most stable and sturdy stand for this huge display. Good thing Philips BDM4065UC comes with VESA mounting standard holes. This means you can definitely find better third party ergonomic solutions, especially for wall mounting options.

All in all, the Philips BDM4065UC provides the real benefits of 4K super resolution that users can maximize for work, movies and even PC games. It’s not the perfect monitor, but it’s close, and can definitely future proof your workstation.

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