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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  • mrvco - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    When I close my eyes and visualize the Anandtech offices, that is definitely not the image that appears.
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    Aside from the fact that there is no Anandtech Office ( the writers all work out of their homes - scattered across a good sized chunk of the globe); those are Philips PR images.
  • Gothmoth - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - link

    i bet is s stock photo of soem office jerke and the monitor was edited in (hint.. look at the hand in front of thr monitor... obviously edited).
  • bebimbap - Sunday, May 15, 2016 - link

    I would think having the monitor at that angle would make it hard to "present" your work. wouldn't have been better if they were looking at it head on? the guy in the back probably can't even see whats on the screen. he seems very close to the 178degree threshold
  • Flunk - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - link

    It's a stock photo, I've got the same one on a website I put together.
  • rbarone69 - Monday, September 18, 2017 - link

    The display is full wireless... Clearly.
  • Grannypantzipper - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

  • mutatio - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    Someone show me a 36" 4K or 5K monitor with DP 1.3 and I'm in!
  • qap - Friday, May 13, 2016 - link

    Waiting for something similar (real upgrade for old HP LP3065). Ideally LCD/OLED display with 200dpi (2x standard), 32"-36" (=> 6k) and either high refresh rate (>120Hz) or at least G-Sync/Adaptive Sync. Unfortunately it looks like it will take years before someone starts offering such display...
  • ddriver - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - link

    What I'd like is a 3:1 6480x2160 around 42 inches, 99% adobe rgb.

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