Launched in the United States today, Philips has released a new computer monitor that offers 43 inches of screen space and a 4K Ultra HD LCD display. Sporting a 3840 x 2160 resolution, the new model in the Philips Brilliance line includes a 178-degree viewing angle (horizontally or vertically) as well as a 5ms response time. This is significantly better than the 40-inch model in Philips lineup which only offers a 8ms response time.
Other features in the new monitor include built-in 7-watt speakers, a 50,000,000:1 contrast ratio, a four-port USB 3.0 hub and color reproduction rated at 1.07 billion colors. Inputs on the monitor include one VGA connection, two full-sized DisplayPorts and two MHL-compatible HDMI 2.0 ports.
Interestingly, there’s also a function called MultiView that lets users connect more than one device to the monitor to be displayed simultaneously on different areas of the screen; particularly ideal for multitasking. Hypothetically, this type of monitor would be useful for a shared family display. Using MultiView, one person could browse online using one half of the screen while another person is playing a video game on a different device.
While this type of monitor could easily be used for various types of digital entertainment, it’s clear that Philips is targeting the productivity user. This type of monitor offers a significant amount of screen space for programs used by graphic designers, videographers, photographers and engineers; basically anyone that could utilize four distinct 1080p areas of the screen to work. In addition, anyone that likes PC gaming would likely prefer a response time less than 2ms as well as the ability to increase the refresh rate far beyond 60Hz.
Philips has included the ability to mount this monitor to a wall using a standard VESA mount. That may be preferable to using a desk as the monitor’s size will take up a ton of desk space. Regarding price, Philips is selling this display at a price of $799.99 on Amazon at the moment.