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Philips BDM3490UC curved and elegant display for multi-tasking folks


Philips is a reliable name when it comes to offering LCD monitors so it comes to no surprise that it has something that may take viewing experience to the next level. Made for the people who place premium on vibrant displays, there is no denying that the Philips BDM3490UC ultrawide LCD display is one to seriously consider.

Out of the box impressions: Breathtaking externals

Out of the box, the Philips BDM3490UC offers an elegant framework that should appeal to anyone. That includes a curved display shelled with an edge-to-edge glass plus narrow borders that account for its exquisite look.

The Philips BDM3490UC rests on an equally elegant stand which can be titled and some integrated 7W speaker. While some criticize its placement, the whole thing does bring up a whole new concept of supporting audio from modern day monitors, as well as some better working space management.

Being a 34-inch display monster, the first thing that interested folks will have to do is find the suited place to situate it. This is no ordinary monitor that one can easily squeeze and hook up to PCs or media players but an elegant display solution that certainly won’t come cheap.

How good is the display?

The Philips BDM3490UC promises to deliver CrystalClear, Ultrawide Quad HD (3440×1440-pixel) images. Paired with high-performance panels and its touted curved display, one can just imagine why this luscious display is expected to render crisp and impressive displays.

With an UltraWide 21:9 aspect ratio, images stand to deliver better images and graphics. Backing all that up is the IPS display which has been known to deliver crisp images and standout color. An advanced technology sweetens the possibilities, even more, supporting the extra-wide viewing angles (172/178 degrees) in satisfying the user’s preferred visuals.

Multiple inputs, multiple options

Like most monitors, the Philips BDM3490UC comes with provisions to view images or watch videos from other devices. Signal input can be made through Display Port 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 (w/ MHL) and HDMI 1.4.

For those who want to hook up their USB drives or external hard drives, the USB 3.0 could aid in that route.

As far as viewing is concerned, the Philips BDM3490UC allows you to view two sources at once. MultiView makes this possible with the PIP/PBP mode, meaning users can watch media files and then browse.

There is also the possibility of using the Philips BDM3490UC to play games and watch videos or browse. The possibilities are simply endless, exemplifying that this curved ultrawide display has to offer.

Overall, there is no question that this is one wide screen monitor to target. It may be off the charts as far as pricing is concerned but the elite consumers who are aware that quality comes at a price already know that for sure.


Screen size: 34in

Resolution: 3,440×1,440

Screen technology: IPS

Claimed contrast ratio: 1000:1

Claimed brightness: 300cd/m2

Horizontal viewing angle: 172 degrees

Vertical viewing angle: 178 degrees

Screen depth: 19mm

Base (WxD): 530x220mm

Internal speaker (power): 2x 7W

USB hub: 4-port USB3

Video inputs: DisplayPort, 3x HDMI (1x HDMI2.0)