Which 4k UHD monitor?

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  • February 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm #41511

    PCM2
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    I am greatful for the tool, certainly, as it will help pinpoint issues that could be focused on during other ‘real-world’ testing. The BDM4065UC is actually the only monitor I’ve noticed these particular artifacts on (in my case, when using the Spyder software from Datacolor). The BDM4037UW, for example, had no such issues.

    February 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm #41512

    Eon
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    Thanks for that tip. I do however stay away from curved screen because of the 3d reflections artifacts you get. I suspect curved screens will be gone as soon as the marked finds out what 3d reflections does to ones heads 😉

    February 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm #41513

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    Do you speak from experience or theory? I’ve a vast amount of experience with curved screens, have a very keen eye and have never come across this ‘3D reflections artifact’ of which you speak. Unless you mean the distorted reflection you see on a glossy curved model like the Philips, because I did notice that but found it no more bothersome than a regular reflection.

    February 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm #41620

    BluesFanUK
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    Hey, any info on the Acer BM320?

    The specs look pretty impressive:
    32″, 4K IPS, 10bit – covers 100% sRGB, 100% AdobeRGB, 100% Rec709 and 90% DCI-P3

    I’ve got a serious itch to upgrade to 4K but finding the right monitor is so much more difficult than it was five or six years ago.

    February 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm #41622

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    No, or there would be a news piece on our site. 😉 Do you actually need or for that matter want 100% Adobe RGB coverage or such a wide colour gamut? It isn’t an attractive thing for most content, which is designed with sRGB in mind currently. This is designed specifically for content creation within the Adobe RGB and other extended colour spaces, if you seriously do have that upgrade itch I suggest you scratch it with something else. Oh and don’t be mislead by the press shots with super-imposed images hiding the panel border – the bezels aren’t actually that thin.

    February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm #41624

    BluesFanUK
    Participant

    Hmmm. Cheers.

    Just found out I can get the BenQ BL3201PT for about £570 right now. Noticed on Amazon the BenQ PD3200U is going for £695 though. It appears to be a newer model, I cannot for the life of me tell what the differences are though.

    February 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm #41625

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    Yeah, the PD3200U (not quite released yet in the UK) uses an upgraded panel according to BenQ, but it’s not clear how that changes anything. It has a black rather than silver stand neck, a feature called ‘DualView’ and possibly a few other extra features not currently documented plus HDMI 2.0 support (useful for ‘4K’ games consoles perhaps). I guess given the strong performance of the BL3201PT you wouldn’t want it to depart too much in terms of performance anyway. I’d like to take a look at it at some point to confirm, but might not be for a few months depending on what else is available.

    February 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm #41631

    keepah
    Participant

    Hello there 🙂

    I plan to buy a new 4K monitor, but I am hesitating between the Aoc u3277pwqu you tested and the Philips 328P6VJEB

    I think both are the exact same panel so not sure which one would be the best. Philips model seems more oriented toward professionnals so maybe better? I’m not sure 🙁

    Thanks

    February 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm #41715

    PCM2
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    Hi keepah,

    I have no experience with the Philips, but it is fair to assume it’s going to be very similar to the AOC U3277PWQU. Not only because it uses the same panel, but because both models are likely manufactured in the same factories by TPV and tweaked by the same engineers. In case you weren’t aware, AOC and Philips are very closely linked to one another.

    Being geared more towards professional users is neither here nor there, they can market it as they wish. It doesn’t affect the performance of the product itself.

    February 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm #41716

    keepah
    Participant

    Thank you for your thorough answer.

    February 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm #41758

    BluesFanUK
    Participant

    PCM – Any hands on with the Acer ET430K? It’s a 43 inch beast, IPS display, going for reasonable price on Amazon.

    Seems the problem with previous big monitors like that is burn in.

    February 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm #41759

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    I haven’t I’m afraid. Although with their returns policy, perhaps you could be my guinea pig? 😉 I suspect it will be similar to the Philips BDM4350UC, likely using the same TPV panel in fact. And I don’t really think that’s a bad thing overall. Most users (me included) actually experienced no issues with burn-in on the Philips anyway. I know some users do have that issue, but not all.

    If you did decide to brave it and go for the Acer, just be sure to go to Amazon through one of our links (for any monitor) if you’re buying from there. I’d welcome your thoughts on it as it does seem like a rather good price for such a beastly monitor.

    February 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm #41760

    BluesFanUK
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    It’s on my list of (many) monitors to consider atm. I think i’m definitely going to wait till the LG-32UD99-W drops first, if it’s anything like the LG-27UD68 then it’ll be a must have.

    If it fails to live up to expectations i’ll either go for the BenQ PD3200U or i’ll look into either buying one of the 43″ monitors or a new TV. They’ve come on a long way over the past decade to the point at that size, a TV probably makes more sense than a large monitor, especially at 4K res.

    February 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm #41784

    keepah
    Participant

    Hello PCM2,

    I did not buy a monitor yet but I’m asking myself a question, in the article about the Aoc u3277pwqu you write:

    “For those who wish to work accurately within the sRGB colour space, the significant over-coverage is problematic.”

    I’m a total newbie but is it something you can fix (more or less) using colorimeter hardware?

    Thanks

    February 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm #41785

    PCM2
    Keymaster

    You can cut back on saturation levels to some extent with a colorimeter, but you would need the monitor itself to emulate a smaller colour gamut to get anything close to the level of saturation reduction you require (without significant negative side-effects). And even then there can be some underlying saturation issues due to the spectral output of the backlight itself. It’s a complicated area, but in many ways the U3277PWQU is not a good choice if accurate colour reproduction is important. That is made quite clear in the review not just in terms of the colour gamut but also inconsistencies due to panel type.

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