For many workloads that require a lot of on-screen space, big displays are hugely beneficial — the bigger the better. TPV Technology, the company that produces monitors under Philips brand, recently decided to go very big and introduced a new 43" display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. While the monitor is intended mostly for prosumer workloads, its price is not too high.

Extremely large displays are generally overkill for everyday workloads, but there are industries where the workloads require more on-screen space than a single monitor can provide. For example, many engineers and financial brokers use multi-display setups to maximize their productivity and view far more info than they could on a single display. While it is impractical to substitute four, six or eight displays in control rooms or in traders’ offices with fewer physical screens, engineers and designers could use one big monitor instead of two smaller ones. Philips is targeting this group of users with its Brilliance UltraClear 43” display, which is more like a television than a monitor.

The Philips UltraClear 43” (BDM4350UC) display uses an IPS panel with a 3840 × 2160 resolution and W-LED backlighting. It has a 300 nit brightness, a 1200:1 contrast ratio, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. According to Philips, the brightness uniformity is 96~105%, which is quite good for a display of this size. Philips also includes a uniformity feature called Smart Uniformity to correct inconsistencies in the backlighting, but it's not clear how well it works in the real world or what limitations it imposes on the display modes that can be used.

Philips BDM4350UC
Panel 43" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1200:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 1.07 billion colours, 100% sRGB
Pixel Pitch 0.2451 mm
Pixel Density 102 ppi
Brightness Uniformity 96 - 105%
Picture-in-Picture Up to four 1080p PiP images supported
Inputs 1 × D-Sub
2 × HDMI 2.0
2 × MHL
1 × DP 1.2
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub,
one port supports fast charging
Audio 7W × 2
Launch Price $799.99

The UltraClear 43” comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports with MHL support, two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, and a D-Sub connector. The monitor can be connected to up to four video sources and display images from them in picture-by-picture mode. The display is also equipped with a quad-port USB 3.0 hub as well as two 7W speakers.

Just like TVs, the Philips UltraClear 43” comes with a stand that does not allow adjustment of tilt or height, which is a drawback. Fortunately, the monitor has a VESA mount, so, it should be possible to get an appropriate arm or aftermarket stand that does support this, although it will need to be able to support the display's mass and size.

It remains to be seen whether there's a sizable market for the UltraClear 43”, but for tasks like editing spreadsheets and CAD work it could be quite useful. Right now the Philips UltraClear 43” is available on Amazon for $799.99.

Source: Philips

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  • jwcalla - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    1 x D-Sub and 1 x DP 1.2. Who comes up with this stuff?

    I think multi-monitor is still the better way to go rather than having a TV on the desk.
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  • MATHEOS - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    When Anandtech becomes that boring marketing site?
    I was reading that site since I can remember, Anand please come back
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  • javishd - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    You're crazy, this monitor is awesome and I'm glad they told me it went on sale.

    I have a korean monitor with the same specs and I'm thrilled that one with a US warranty and PRIME shipping exists. This korean one I'm sure won't last and now I have a very attractive alternative.

    Please get one and review it Anand!
    Reply
  • CaedenV - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    Yes! please review! Reply
  • sharath.naik - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    I have a Seiki 39 inch 4k tv I am using as a monitor. And it is too wide for a flat monitor, 34 inch is the outer limit where the angle of viewing at the edges does not make you actually move to see it. Any thing above 34 inch 4k has to be curved for the distance of being a monitor not TV (Curve needs to have a smaller radius).
    Build a 32-34 inch 4k at 500$ and I am in, or better still build a 36 inch curved 5k monitor under a thousand and I buy it today. The best bet today is apple 27 inch 5k which is too small and cramped for 5k.
    .. may be apple can build a 5k at 34 inch. since no one else is.
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  • SStingel - Sunday, May 15, 2016 - link

    As an owner of the earlier 40" Philips BDM4065UC (UHD VA panel), I can certainly confirm that at this size the monitor definitely needs to be curved in order to have the best viewing experience. Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    I'm actually thinking if this was on my desk the top would be too high to see without craning my neck up (uncomfortable). I once went to a special IMAX theatre where there were gaps in the floor and you could see the screen *below* your seats too, which makes me wonder about having a glass back half of my desk and have this screen sunken down so my eye level is still around the centre vertically. Reply
  • Murloc - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - link

    yeah the space below the monitor isn't used at all for obvious reasons but ergonomically it may be better to offset very big monitors below the keyboard level.
    You can do that if your keyboard and mouse sit on a board attached laterally to some support.

    I guess something more realistic is a screen with thin rims which sits directly on the table instead of being elevated a few centimters from it like now.
    Reply
  • khanov - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    It's an LG IPS panel, but does anyone know if it is an M+ panel?

    M+ panels have a white subpixel that is shared between a pair of adjacent pixels, meaning that effectively the horizontal resolution is halved. It's actually fine for 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 chroma and this is what most tv signals and BluRay discs use. It is absolutely NOT ok for PC use with RBG or 4:4:4 chroma.
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  • CuriousHomeBody - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - link

    When I read comments about monitors the thing that stands out to me is high refresh rates. Is there (now that the Nvidia 1080 is out and claiming 4k at 100fps) a single cable standard that can do 4K at say 120hz-30hz Gsync. Reply

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