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Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
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  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC
  • Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Excellent image quality
  • Sleek, smart design
  • High resolution, but with sensible pixel density


  • Colour temperature is consistently cool
  • 40-inch screen will be too big for many
  • No stand adjustment options

Key Features

  • 40-inch 3840 x 2160 display
  • 60Hz over DisplayPort
  • 60Hz over HDMI
  • 8.5ms response
  • 2 x HDMI 1.4
  • 2 x DisplayPort 1.2a
  • 2 x audio jacks
  • 4 x USB 3
  • Manufacturer: Philips
  • Review Price: £690.00

What is the Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC?

We’ve previously described 32-inch 4K monitors as “huge”, but they look Lilliputian when up against the Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC. This 4K panel has a 40-inch diagonal, and that doesn’t just mean it dominates desks – it dominates rooms, too.

This screen is vast, but it’s more expensive than the competition, too. Its £690 price means it’ll set you back far more than the Samsung U28D590D and the Asus PB287Q – 4K screens that have 28-inch diagonals and cost less than £500 and £600 respectively.

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Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC – Design

The Philips has practical elements that go beyond its sheer size. The 40-inch screen and 3840 x 2160 resolution means this screen has a ppi of 110 – a more manageable level than the 163ppi and 138ppi densities found on 4K screens with 27-inch and 32-inch diagonals.

In fact, the Philips' ppi is more akin to the density levels found on 27-inch and 32-inch screens with resolutions of 2560 x 1440.

The ppi level means this screen doesn’t have the pure sharpness of smaller 4K panels, but it is more practical. Icons and text are sharp and rendered at manageable sizes, so there’s less need to squint at impossibly tiny features or use Windows 8.1’s scaling options make the panel usable.

The panel is a VA unit with a W-LED backlight. The former technology should ensure that this screen has inky black levels, decent viewing angles and good brightness – all attributes we crave on versatile monitors. The VA technology does mean that response times might not be great, though, and we’re intrigued to see how the W-LED backlight performs, as it’s one of the cheaper backlight technologies around.

It’s a good-looking unit. The screen is surrounded by a slim, glossy bezel that bulges at the bottom to house a touch-sensitive Philips logo that acts as the power button. The stand is slim, metallic and looks more like the sort of kit you’d find on a high-end TV. It’s not too huge, either – its 9.7kg weight and 213mm depth are high, but not unreasonably so.

It’s littered with connectivity, and we’re pleased the ports are installed in sensible locations – they’re more manageable than vertical connections, or ports marooned in the middle of the vast rear panel.

The left-hand edge has two HDMI connections, full-size and mini DisplayPort sockets, a D-Sub connector and two headphone jacks, with only DVI missing from the loadout. The left-hand side of the rear panel has four USB 3 connections, with one that supports fast charging.

The full-size power connector sits on the right-hand side of the rear panel, and there’s a physical power switch – handy if you want to turn the screen off entirely rather than rely on stand-by.

There’s one area where the Philips is just too large to compete with its rivals, and that’s the stand. The BDM4065UC has no movement options – so the screen’s angle, height and swivel can’t be adjusted. It does support the VESA 200mm standard, but that’s it. The Samsung and Asus screens are both far more versatile.

Audio comes from two 7W speakers. They’re extremely loud, but we wouldn’t use them for games, movies or music. The bass isn’t deep enough to prove satisfying and it doesn’t have much nuance, but it’s dominant here – so the weak mid-range and high-end is totally overwhelmed.

A few other high-end features are absent, noticeably hardware calibration and human motion and ambient light sensors. You’ll only get features like that if you buy a screen like the Samsung UD970, but professional panels regularly cost more than £1000.

Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC – Setup

The Philips comes in three parts: the screen, the stand, and a small metal unit used to attach those two major components together. It’s easy enough to put the panel together, but it’s a tad time-consuming: four screws are required to attach the stand to the metal middle unit and, once that’s slid inside the screen, another four screws are required.

It does help the Philips feel sturdy, and we’re pleased that the good build quality extends throughout the rest of the unit.

The BDM4065UC’s on-screen display is controlled by a small joystick installed in the right-hand corner of the rear panel. It’s an initially confusing system that takes a fair bit of getting used to: pressing the joystick left selects image modes, pressing upwards opens picture-in-picture options, and a downward shove loads audio options. Angling the joystick right loads the main menu, but pressing the stick like a button doesn’t actually do anything.

The menu is sensibly-designed and fast to use, but it doesn’t properly deploy the screen’s 4K resolution, so it’s large and pixellated – a far cry from Samsung’s slick, sharp software. The joystick makes its presence felt here, too; pushing up or down moves horizontal menus left and right, and horizontal joystick pushes are used for much of the navigation.

At least the categories are organised sensibly. Input and audio options have their own menu, and the Picture category contains brightness, contrast, gamma, response time and contrast settings. Colour adjustment has its own submenu, too.

Many of these options are replicated in the Philips SmartControl software, which allows adjustment from within Windows. This tool’s categories broadly mirror those found in the on-screen display, and SmartControl also includes several power consumption options and a calibration tool.

The final setup option concerned DisplayPort. By default the Philips uses DisplayPort 1.1, which only supports 4K at 30Hz. To get 60Hz at 4K working properly, we delved into the OSD and changed the relevant option in the setup menu.


January 27, 2015, 11:22 pm

you refer to it as a Panasonic a number of times on the first page.
Looks like a good bet if you want one screen for everything, possibly one could have a smaller screen within the screen space for more everyday computing tasks and just make use of the extra space when necessary. If it hits the sales in a year or two I'd certainly think of getting one, complex cad work could be nice to have laid out over so much space.


January 27, 2015, 11:28 pm

needs to be curved. I don't know why manufactures can't think of the fact that a monitor, used by a single person up close, is where curved makes sense. Not living room where you have people watching from various angles.

Matthew Bunton

January 27, 2015, 11:47 pm

This relies upon PWM for backlighting so for those affected by this prepare for a bad headache evertime you use it.

Hugo Pinto

January 28, 2015, 1:42 am

You call it Panasonic instead of Philips several times in the first page, and then you call it Samsung in the second.
Proofread much or not at all?


January 28, 2015, 6:22 am

What's the all important colour gamut? But I agree way too big for a desktop. For me the ideal monitor will be a 30-32" 5K, 100% AdobeRGB.


January 28, 2015, 10:02 am

Hmm, thank you pointing this out. That's not good enough, apologies.


January 30, 2015, 5:53 pm

I find if refreshing that the 4K revolution has been turned to an alternate use: increasing usable desktop space. This monitor is equivalent to four 20" 1920x1080 monitors all stitched together as one, and is far nicer than having a multi-monitor set up. Ideally it would be curved though, and 21:9 ratio (i.e. 5040x2160). Hopefully I won't have to wait long.

Joe Bush

February 6, 2015, 11:57 pm

You shouldn't put "40-inch screen will be too big for many" as a con. It's subjective. That's like reviewing an Android phone, and putting as a con that it doesn't run iOS. You may as well add "4K resolution will be high for many", or "The weight will be too much for many".

Paul G

February 18, 2015, 7:24 pm

I see the 40" as a PRO as I've been looking to buy this to replace my current trading setup of 4x1080 24" monitors. This would do that and save me alot of desk space. Looking to add two of these actually. Cannot have too many screens when trading. Also, the scaling in Windows would be perfect.


February 22, 2015, 4:26 am

This is my next monitor when it hits the US. Coming from a 5 year old 30 inch 2560 x 1600 to this beast will be fun. I have a huge desk and size isn't a problem.

Gerard Freeman

February 26, 2015, 9:23 pm

I cant wait for it to hit the U.S. This looks like one of the best 4k PC monitors so far. Philips, nobody does it better, make me feel sad for the rest :-)


March 8, 2015, 11:21 am

Look around - it can be bought and shipped to the US for a good price so there is no need to wait.

Gerard Freeman

March 8, 2015, 4:15 pm

You are right.. I see them on eBay for 800.00 :-)

Berth Ljunggren

March 24, 2015, 7:28 pm

I like it, it is big but does not feel to big considering i sit rather close.
Connected to a Titan black the performance seem quite ok, but sometimes i get stuck at 30Hz with only options being 29 or 30Hz should be running at 60Hz, looking at youtube is bit frustrating at 30Hz :)


April 1, 2015, 2:46 pm

Been waiting for a 40 inch but no way I'm going back to a TN panel.


April 4, 2015, 4:23 am

??! It's a VA panel.


April 8, 2015, 8:20 am

someone used the term : "move my head like a chicken" , when you try to see the far corners and you're close to THIS monitor; that made me laugh my pants off;
I am bewitched by this monitor, i can't wait to get it, but i'm afraid money talks ...

Pieter B44

July 14, 2015, 12:49 pm

I bought it and my necks hurts by moving it all the time. But you can't believe how good photographs look. And since my hobby is photography, that is a very big bonus.

The size grows on you. But it won't fit on a small desk.

Lord Byte

August 10, 2015, 1:10 pm

You should have Displayport 1.2 on a Titan Black. Did you use the Displayport cable and ports? Then you just need to change it from Displayport 1.1 to 1.2 in the menu! (Sometimes for unclear reasons it switches back)
I immediatly notice when it's at 30hz because my mouse starts stuttering.

I agree that after a while you don't need to move your head, and you don't have the feeling it's "too" big. I like the fact that it totally immerses you, much more than my 21'' before that :P

Berth Ljunggren

August 10, 2015, 6:22 pm

Yes i have done that it is using dp 1.2 but sometimes the monitor is still stuck at 30 or 29hz turn it off and on again makes windows renumerate it or something like that and voila the 60hz option is there again. Seems like a windows bug, not as anoying as the no sound in win 10 but still.

Joe Cimmarrusti

November 28, 2015, 6:24 am

Yes, the TN in the specs are completely wrong...look up some reviews...a TN gives no more than a 160 degree viewing angle, this is like 176 degrees.


January 12, 2016, 9:23 pm

I bought this monitor recently and wanted to share my first impressions. As I'm a computer scientist and not a graphics professional, I may perceive other details, so this is another perspective rather than a critique on the review.

My Pros:
- Nice inky blacks and good contrast.
- Nice bright colors.

My Cons:
- Screen reflects light. This can be really annoying, but once light sources, which emit directly towards the screen, are eliminated, it's tolerable.
- Phantom artifacts, but I only notice them, when moving a black mouse cursor on a white background, which shows a small, grey trace of the cursor.
- Screen borders are not illuminated as well as the center. When watching a movie, this isn't noticeable for me, but on a white background it is noticeable, but not very distracting.
- The Vertical Alignment (VA) display causes some artifacts when watching movies (horizontal cut between last frame and current frame), however at 60Hz they reduce to a point, where they are only noticeable, if you really try to.
- There's a little latency (IIRC ~20ms) until the input signal is displayed. In desktop usage I didn't notice it at all, but it might be relevant for power gamers.

There aren't many 40" 4k monitors right now, and for a similar price they all have at least some flaws, so I recommend test watching in a local electronics store, if possible. For my use case (mostly programming, watching videos, hobby computer graphics projects), the cons are not very problematic, so I'm happy with the trade-off I've made.

Small correction: the monitor does not have 2 * DisplayPort 1.2a. One of them is a Mini DisplayPort.

edit: Just found the second page of the review: latency is around 22.4 ms. Please consider not using pages. It kills usability for desktop users: no searching/skimming the whole article and I miss the rest of articles all the time ;-)


March 19, 2016, 8:19 am

Yeah exactly. The analogy I was thinking of was that it's like reviewing a ute/truck and putting that as a con because some people just want a regular sedan car.

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