Philips' new 43-inch monitor might make native 4K practical

— 11:44 AM on May 3, 2016

Philips is releasing the BDM4350UC in the United States and the UK today. This 43-inch 4K IPS display supersedes the company's BDM4065UC monitor, which was a little smaller and used a VA panel. Thanks to its large size for a PC monitor, this display offers a relatively standard 103-PPI density—about the same as that of a 27" 2560x1440 display. That PPI figure might make the BDM4350UC a good choice for folks who want the information density of a 4K display minus the eyestrain of running smaller 4K screens without a scaling factor.

The BDM4350UC boasts  178-degree viewing angles both horizontally and vertically, and its 5ms GTG response time could be a nice improvement over the previous model's 8ms spec. The claimed 1200:1 contrast ratio isn't bad, either. Like the previous model, this monitor can reproduce 1.07 billion colors. Unlike the previous model, Philips says this display uses a flicker-free backlight.

The BDM4350UC trades the mini DisplayPort input of its older sibling for another full-sized DisplayPort. All in all, this display has two DisplayPorts, two MHL-compatible HDMI ports, and a VGA connection. The monitor also features a four-port USB 3.0 hub. Philips' MultiView firmware enables two-device Picture-in-Picture, or the ability to view up to four devices simultaneously in Picture-by-Picture mode. 7-watt speakers and VESA mounts round out the feature list. This monitor has been available in certain regions for a couple of months, but it's only now making its debut in the Anglophone world. Amazon has it for $799 right now.

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