6 ultra hd 40-inch+ monitors review: monstrous monitors

Not every ultrawide is also suited for home use

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Introduction

An increasing number of manufacturers has a monitor with a diagonal of 40 inch or more in their assortment. This means more than a meter of monitor in front of you. Is bigger also better? We tested six of these bigger models.  


For years the trend has been visible in television land: every year they become bigger, or rather: bigger models become more affordable, and with that they are more mainstream. Once upon a time a 21-inch (53 cm) device was the standard in the Dutch living rooms and it was amazing if you had a 28-inch model (71 cm). Nowadays the average is 50 inch (127 cm) to about 55 inch (139.7 cm) - and this is already shifting to devices from 60 to 65 inch. Where 40-inch used to be the go-to size during the full hd era, this size is now found on entry-level models. 

With monitors this is slightly different, not in the last place because you sit a lot closer to it. Furthermore the pixel race is not as crazy on the desk as it is in the living room: full hd is still sold the most, ultra hd follows at a respectable distance, while figuratively speaking you can count the months until full hd televisions are no longer found in stores. Nevertheless the share of ultra hd monitors increases steadily in the pc-world as well. This pretty much automatically increases the average diagonal: at 24-inch that many pixels are more a burden than a blessing, not to mention the fact that panels with such a pixel density are very expensive to manufacture. This means that by far the most uhd-monitors are 27- or 32-inch models. A small amount of manufacturers also dare to go further, and offer models with a diagonal of 40 inch. 

For this article we tested six monitors in the 40-inch range, the Acer ET430K, Dell P3417Q, Iiyama Prolite X4071UHSU-B1, LG 43UD79-B and the Philips BDM4073UW and BDM4350UC

With that we pretty much tested all current consumer and prosumer models that are available at the time of writing. There are of course a lot more 40-inch monitors, but these are so-called large format displays, designed for showing information in stores and companies, or for example for use in conference rooms. However, these are very rarely in the combination of 40-inch and ultra hd resolution. 

However, many of the models that we discuss here are clearly related to such products. This already shows when looking at the base, which consists of a pair of separate feet for most monitors, on which the panel can sometimes not even tilt a bit. Still, three models more or less have a standard monitor base: those manufactured by Dell, LG and one of the Philips monitors. 


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