The Philips BDM4065UC is currently available from OverclockersUK for the reasonable price of £599.99. In the US, stock availability is poor, but prices can be expected around $800. However, high demand is pushing prices as high at $1100 in some places.
When it comes to the looks of any monitor, the actual unit itself if rather bland and the only detail really is the logo and the base plate. It is the same story here, with an extended plate for the logo on a brushed metal effect lip and a nice shaped and contrasting silver base. Considering this has been converted almost directly from a TV, one redeeming feature has been kept; the thin bezel. It might not seem like much, but to gamers and high productivity workers, multi-monitor set-ups are becoming more and more common. With this thin bezel, there isn’t going to be much black between the monitors.
Looking towards actually using the monitor and it doesn’t really lend itself to being user-friendly. When you think of a typical monitor, you can twist it, tilt it and raise the height to your preferred needs; this monitor doesn’t do any of that. This is the only downfall of the monitor as a whole, but it is a big downfall. The only way to get around this is to purchase an additional monitor stand which is VESA 200 compatible and can also support the size of the monitor.; only then will you have the movement.
At least the software is more suited to the consumer, the menus feature all of the possible settings that you would require in a simple and easy to use layout. The navigation stick can be confusing to use at times, but the more time you spend with it, the less this will be an issue.
When calibrating the monitor with the Spyder and related software, I noticed the colour get extremely warm. This might not be ideal for perfect colour image editing, but the results are what are expected to be the best possible for the monitor itself. I’ll admit, it was a lot easier to use as the brightness wasn’t trying to burn my eyes out, but when typing it almost looks like you are working on orange paper. The results show that this monitor is capable of providing top quality figures and can handle a wide range of user customisation to suit all tastes.
When testing the performance of the monitor visually, it is a tale of two halves and it comes down to the uncalibrated and calibrated image settings. When it was uncalibrated, the images were very cool, but that meant the whites were a crisp white. When calibrated, the colours were a lot warmer. While this made for much more vibrant colours and an overall better viewing experience, the colours weren’t true and could prove problematic to anyone editing images or videos.
That being said when the monitor was calibrated it made for a much nicer viewing experience and the 4K resolution played a huge factor in watching videos and playing games. Now not every monitor in the world is aimed at gaming, there are users out there who work day in and day out on computers and some require a large and high resolution to maximise productivity. This monitor would be perfect for anyone who requires multiple windows open at once without the need for multiple screens, effectively you could open 4x 1920x1080p windows simultaneously at 20″ each; that’s a huge amount of space to work with.
- Huge productivity potential
- Vibrant colours
- Built-in speakers
- Massive panel
- Excellent detail reproduction
- Reasonable price (given size)
- Absolutely no user adjustment
- Poor US availability
- 4K still demands high price
“The Philips BDM4065UC 4K monitor is the perfect option for the workplace, offering crisp colours, high-efficiency and huge productivity! A welcome edition to the desk of anyone who demands huge amounts of screen space.”
Thank you to PHILIPS for providing this review sample.