Philips BDM4037UW evaluate: a 40-inch panel that comes near 4K gaming greatness

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Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW review

A 40-inch PC monitor is a joke, yeah? That’s TV dimension, what on Earth would possess you to stay that in your desktop? You’ll soften your face off, proper? Nope. This is the way you make 4K gaming a genuinely jaw-dropping expertise.

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Size issues, particularly once you’re speaking about jamming eight.three million pixels right into a monitor panel. Look at a 27-inch 1440p monitor side-by-side with a 27-inch 4K display screen and I’d problem you to have the ability to inform the distinction in a blind style check. It’s definitely doable however it’s tough.

Now transpose that to a 40-inch panel and the shortcomings of the 2560×1440 decision would rapidly develop into obvious whereas a local 4K display screen would show all the wonderful, miniscule element you’ll have missed on a smaller display screen.

That’s why such large-scale screens because the $1,000  (£595) Philips BDM4037UW do truly make sense at 4K – you’re giving the extremely high-definition decision an opportunity to actually shine.

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Philips BDM4037UW specs

Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW specs

The Philips BDM4037UW is a little bit of a beast and has made me relatively a laughing inventory within the SE7EN.WS workplace, much more so than the same old rag-on-the-hardware-nerd-in-the-corner stuff. It appears to be like without delay stunning and faintly ridiculous sat subsequent to my now-diminutive common 27-inch display screen, it additionally acts as a little bit of a barrier between the remainder of the workplace and ‘Dave’s Tech Corner.’ It does get kinda lonely over right here now…

At 40-inches throughout the diagonal the panel feels large once you’re first sat in entrance of it, although that almost all modest of curves (simply three,000R) brings the acute edges of the show again in to fulfill your eyes. And, as a contemporary 4K display screen, it’s sporting the usual 3840×2160 decision with a 60Hz refresh charge.

It’s truly bought a relatively spectacular specs listing for an reasonably priced, large-scale monitor. As effectively because the 4K60 setup it’s additionally rocking a 4ms grey-to-grey response time, a distinction ratio of four,000:1 and peak luminance rated at 300cm/m2. In phrases of the particular panel know-how on the coronary heart of the big-screen Philips they’ve used a 10-bit VA show to present you that blend of speedy response and respectable color accuracy.

I’m not 100% positive, however I’m fairly assured we’re taking a look at a 40-inch curved VA panel ripped straight off Philips’ TV manufacturing line. I can’t consider there are too many such screens created particularly for such a distinct segment monitor, particularly not ones that may very well be this reasonably priced.

Philips BDM4037UW efficiency

Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW performance

I’ve to confess my preliminary response to putting the BDM4037UW on my desk was one in every of pleasure at such a superbly large, vibrant display screen, but on booting into Windows that modified to a creeping feeling of revulsion. That’s not an incredible first impression and made Dave a tragic panda – I’d been hoping for a equally pleasing expertise to once I tried Philips’ different, short-lived, 43-inch 4K monitor. The subject right here although is the extent of VA ghosting you get on the desktop; it truly is fairly dangerous.

With a comparatively darkish backdrop shifting a File Explorer window concerning the display screen leaves an apparent obnoxious after-image for close to half a second on the predominantly white area. You get the identical impact flinging round browser home windows to. It’s fairly disconcerting and makes normal desktop/productiveness utilization an initially disagreeable expertise. Though for those who’re not throwing objects about your desktop with homosexual abandon it’s nice, however rapidly shifting a window about would possibly abruptly make you wish to vom up a little bit in your mouth.

That stretches into its video playback efficiency too, with medium-res Netflix streams producing weird red-orange blobs because the panel struggles to cope with the movement on provide. The subject is lessened with higher-resolution content material, equivalent to full HD and native 4K video, however there’s nonetheless a specific amount of ghosting seen in some fast-moving, high-contrast scenes.

Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW with added human for scale

And that ghosting remains to be obvious in video games too, however once more it appears to be to a lesser extent. With sure genres although it’s virtually invisible; racing across the Welsh valleys of Dirt Rally I merely had a superbly vivid, crisp, detailed vista flying previous the windscreen. At least till I flipped my tricked-out Peugeot and that vista got here flying by the windscreen… It’s the identical with the attractive FPS-ish The Signal From Tolva too. Writ giant over 40-inches of 4K display screen area it appears to be like completely gorgeous and performs flawlessly. And you would be stunned simply how rapidly you develop accustomed to sitting immediately in entrance of such a capacious display screen.

But once more it’s that bane of gaming screens, FIFA, which as soon as extra highlights the ghosting subject the panel suffers from. With the fast-paced participant motion you find yourself with ghostly little trails misting out behind them and the brightly colored controller indicators above their heads bleeding colored smudges because the gamers jink and dodge across the pitch.

Aside from that ghosting subject although the panel itself is fairly respectable. The distinction is spectacular, solely actually shedding definition on the very darkest finish of the dimensions, and the black ranges aren’t dangerous both. They’re not so good as I’d sometimes anticipate from a VA panel, however a fast scan of the white saturation efficiency reveals the initially excessive manufacturing facility default gamma setting could be a little bit off.

You additionally get a specific amount of color shifting on the extremities of this extraordinarily giant monitor too. Even although the curve helps convey the edges and corners again in in the direction of the viewer’s eyes there’s nonetheless a slight distinction to the color you get in the midst of the display screen to what you see on the edges.

Philips BDM4037UW verdict

Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW verdict

There is loads I like about this super-scale Philips monitor. The VA panel means the colors are vivid and vibrant and, on static photographs, the 4K decision is superbly clear. With a 40-inch display screen you actually do see the advantages of all these eight.three million pixels. 

Nowhere is that this higher illustrated than in gaming. Sure, you want a strong GPU to run video games at 4K – I examined the Philips with a GTX 1080 Ti – however a great monitor ought to simply final past your present rig’s graphics card. The subsequent era of playing cards perhaps aren’t going to convey 4K efficiency down into the mainstream degree, however should get a lot nearer than any of the present crop of playing cards.

And, for probably the most half, video games look unbelievable working natively at 4K on such an enormous display screen. The affect of the elevated decision is tough to see on smaller panels, however at 40-inches the additional element 4K affords makes issues achingly sharp and detailed. Though it might spotlight low-res textures and different recreation belongings on titles not designed to be seen at this degree of picture constancy. You’ll be cursing lacklustre PC ports with even larger ranges of vitriol with a big 4K display screen.

But the panel’s ghosting points can’t be ignored. They’re most vital when on the Windows desktop and in lower-resolution movies, and although much less pronounced in-game they’re nonetheless there. It’s an actual disgrace as the additional display screen actual property actually is a optimistic boon. By providing a pixel pitch not far off that you simply’d get with a 27-inch 1440p panel you possibly can fortunately run your display screen at the usual 100% scaling which suggests you don’t need to cope with any of the bizarre artefacts or unusual spacing you typically get when Windows tries to increase issues on smaller high-res screens.

I so desperately needed this reasonably priced (at the least within the UK), large-scale 4K monitor to be a winner. This is the dimensions at which 4K gaming truly turns into visibly superior to working at 1440p on a smaller display screen. But once you’re having to place up with the type of ghosting points obvious on the Philips BDM4037UW it’s onerous to then advocate it over a smaller, lower-res display with a more solid panel. The ghostly commerce off might be simply too nice.