- Very detailed picture with excellent contrast scores
- Massive screen really fills the room for an immersive gaming experience
- Hard to tell it's not just a normal TV
- Not many features for gamers
As soon as we set out compiling our Philips BDM4350UC review, we soon saw that we had a new contender for our best ultrawide gaming monitor award. With PC screens getting bigger and bigger, the line between monitors and TVs is getting thinner and thinner and the Philips BDM4350UC is a beheamouth of a gaming monitor and a worthy winner of our best ultra-wide monitor 2016 award.
The BDM4350UC is an IPS monitor, so the viewing angles are great and the colors are crisp and clear, with the 1.07 billion colors that it displays at 10 Bits. Housing an anti-glare display and a 300cd/m2 brightness level, you are able to enjoy images even in well sunlit rooms.
This display has a native resolution of 3840×2160, which is a massive 43” gaming monitor. For everyday use, the large screen area allows you to have multiple items open on your desktop without the need to switch between tabs. With such a large resolution, you would expect a slow response rate…but at 5ms response time and a 60Hz refresh rate, the Philips BDM4350UC really is not bad at all for 4K. Oh, and It also has an amazing 50 000 000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio.
With all of this, gamers will experience very little ghosting or frame shuddering. And the everyday user will love the large display and fantastic image quality. Just as long as you’ve got the space for it!
Design, Features and connectivity
We are pretty sure you could play from across a large room and still be able to see your enemies perfectly on such a large display. Starting with the stand which holds this mammoth monitor: it consists of four neat, simple feet. The only thing that we didn’t like about the stand was that It made the display look exactly like a TV. Whilst other ultra wide monitors still have the same characteristics and looks of a monitor. This has lost that completely, as you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s not just a TV by looking at it.
With that out of the way, the stand keeps the large screen firm and it doesn’t wobble or move at all. The downside is that the monitor’s position cannot be adjusted at all. But then again, with such a large display you wouldn’t ever really need or want to move it.
The Philips BDM4350UC also has VESA mounting holes, so you can mount this screen to the wall or a movable bracket that will support the 20.7 pounds of weight.
Moving to the screen itself, it is surrounded by a thin bezel that makes the already-large viewing area appear even bigger. We did like the simple Philips logo at the bottom bezel, which also has a power indicator built into it.
The monitor has the usual features that you would expect in a modern display that is operated by a not-so-easy-to-access joystick at the back right of the display. Despite its awkward positioning, it is very easy to use once you have maneuvered your arm into place.
You can change the brightness, sharpness, contrast and a few other basic options. The monitor doesn’t have any functions geared towards gamers, unfortunately, but then again this screen is rather designed with everyone that wants a large, good-looking screen in mind.
With regards to connectivity, this monitor really comes into its own. Since this monitor is designed for everyone, they have put in all the major connectors. The display sports two HDMI ports, two display ports and even a VGA port. This is really great if you want to use one display for multiple platforms like connecting a Playstation and PC to one display.
It also has an audio in/out and stereo 7 watt speakers that are sufficient to play movies or console games without the need for additional speakers or a headset. However, they do tend to distort at high volume and offer little to no base. It also features a built-in power adapter so all you will need to power this beast is a cord.
Overall, from our 43” Philips BDM4350UC review, you can tell that this is the way that big screen displays are heading. The fact that it looks like a TV might not work for everyone, but maybe it is a great thing that it does, as you could use this as a TV provided you are using satellite TV or streaming your TV online, as it does not have a built-in TV tuner.
For an ultrawide gaming monitor, it’s big and affordable. You can connect multiple platforms to it. It has a great picture and works for gamers and everyday users with its Ultra Wide display that will make you smile from ear to ear every time you sit in front of it.