Are curved screens really as immersive as they're made out to be? We're yet to be convinced, but displays as eye-catching as the Philips Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD ensure we're willing to give the tech a go.
Unveiled at CES 2015, Philips' latest offering for PC users touts a gently curved 34.1in screen that envelops the user. The display, model number BDM3490UC, sports an UltraWide QHD 3,440x1,440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio that makes it ideal for either multi-tasking or viewing cinematic content.
Philips has used an IPS panel to deliver a 60Hz refresh rate and wide viewing angles, and the screen is well-stocked with inputs and outputs. Three HDMI ports sit alongside a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, and Philips incorporates a customary USB hub with four SuperSpeed 3.0 ports. MultiView technology has also made the cut, meaning two devices can be connected at any one time for side-by-side viewing.
Built-in stereo speakers and a headphone jack are at hand for audio duties, and the stylish stand offers simple back/forth tilt. There's sadly no swivel or height adjustment, and, more importantly, no mention of price or availability.
|LCD panel type||AH-IPS LCD|
|Backlight type||W-LED system|
|Panel Size||34.1 inch / 86.7 cm|
|Optimum resolution||3440 x 1440 @ 60Hz|
|SmartResponse (typical)||5 ms (Grey to Grey)|
|Response time (typical)||14 ms(Grey to Grey)|
|Brightness (typical)||300 cd/m²|
|Contrast ratio (typical)||1,000:1|
|Viewing angle||178º (H) / 178º (V) @ C/R > 10|
|Display colours||1.07 billion colors (8 bits +FRC)|
|MHL||1080P @ 60Hz|
|Signal Input||DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, HDMI 1.4 (w/MHL) x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1|
|USB||USB 3.0 x 4 (1 with BC 1.2 Fast Charging)|
|Audio In/Out||PC audio-in, headphone out|
|Built-in speakers||7 W x 2 with DTS sound|