Philips BDM4065UC 40-inch 4K UHD Monitor Review – User Experience & Opinion

Saturday 9 April 2016 @ 6:16 pm

Huge size with superb image quality is my first impression on this Philips BDM4065UC monitor. Viewing a 40″ monitor at 4K resolution on your computer desk is a totally different experience from viewing a 40″ 4K TV from your couch. Therefore, using a 40-inch display as computer monitor is considerably huge. This impression of huge basically comes from the fact that the viewing distance between the user and monitor (about 0.6 meter away only) is a lot closer than viewing a 40″ TV (optimal distance around 1.5 meter). The monitor is huge but not bulky as its thickness is only 88mm without the stand and the bezel is slim too.

Single Huge Monitor Setup
Single Huge Monitor Setup

Albeit some may think 40 inches is a little too big for a 4K monitor, I think the huge screen of this Philips BDM4065UC may be useful for people like photographer, videographer, programmer, architect, graphic designer, accountant, etc. These are the people who need big working space on a computer monitor. If your job needs a lot of scrolling, you probably need a bigger monitor like this one. Besides, the huge 40″ screen with wide viewing angle (up to 176º) is ideal to be used in meeting, presentation, or anytime when you need to split the screen into 2 or 3 or 4 separate screens.

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Another benefit of using Philips BDM4065UC monitor is that you don’t need to do any scaling in Windows/Mac application. Reading text is more comfortable on this monitor and scaling is practically not needed for Windows/Mac desktop applications. In my opinion, any monitor size below 35″ for 4K resolution (3840×2160) is just too small for viewing text without scaling or zooming.

Philips BDM4065UC comes with an extension range of connectivity ports, from the legacy VGA to DisplayPort 1.2. It basically has all the common ports you need for video and audio. Best of all, all cables are provided in the box too!

Philips BDM4065UC does have some limitations too, such as the lack of HMI 2.0 support. Anyway, the full DisplayPort handles the problem of getting graphics at 60Hz well and the HDMI 1.4 ports are still able to display at 30Hz when you don’t need such high refresh rate. The non-adjustable stand is a small disappointment as it makes getting a perfect view on your desktop actually a little hard. Fortunately, this problem can easily be solved using a VESA mount.

Philips BDM4065UC Gaming In Full HD
Philips BDM4065UC Gaming In Full HD

Philips BDM4065UC Gaming In 4K Ultra HD
Philips BDM4065UC Gaming In 4K Ultra HD

I understand that the VA panel in BDM4065UC is not perfect. Therefore, I don’t want to be too critical on the relatively slow response rate (8.5ms). The monitor is not built for fast-paced gaming anyway. Not to mention, the response rate can be further improved to 3ms using the built-in SmartResponse feature. In fact, the monitor performed reasonably well when I tried it on Dota 2. I’m not a hardcore gamer so the response rate is not too much of a bother to me.

All in all, the Philips BDM4065UC is genuinely an excellent 4K monitor and the RRP (recommended retail price) of RM2400 is at an affordable range too. It is particularly ideal for certain types of users who need a lot of display space as I mentioned above.

Philips BDM4065UC Full Video Review

I’ve compiled a video to summarize all 4 parts of this Philips BDM4065UC review below:


Philips BDM4065UC Review: All Parts

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