Philips' 40-inch BDM4037UW monitor could almost be a TV

Philips is bridging the gap between monitors and televisions with its 40" BDM4037UW. Despite the "UW" in the model number, this is a gently-curved 3840x2160 monitor, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It uses some variety of vertical-alignment panel that may offer superior contrast to an IPS screen. Philips says this screen has a 4000:1 static contrast ratio.

VA panels usually trade a bit of viewing-angle prowess for their high contrast, but Philips says the BDM4037UW is viewable within 178-degree angles on both horizontal and vertical axes. Philips says the screen can also reproduce 1.07 billion colors. It only refreshes at 60Hz, but that's probably just fine for the professional users this monitor is intended for. The 4K resolution should make those Powerpoints nice and sharp, and the 3000R curvature shouldn't interfere too much with multi-user viewing.

The BDM4037UW has a wide range of inputs: a VGA connection, two DisplayPorts, and two HDMI ports. One of those HDMI connectors is HDMI 2.0-compatible, and both have MHL support. The monitor has four USB 3.0 ports, and one supports fast charging mode. Philips throws in a pair of 5W stereo speakers, too. Multitaskers will be pleased to know that the monitor supports picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes. Philips hasn't revealed pricing or availability for the BDM4037UW yet.

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