Well, I sure feel like a Luddite here, resigned to stare at my poor little flat computer monitor. The name of the game is to go bigger and to go curvier these days. And if you can throw in an added bonus like built-in stereo speakers, then you're totally golden. Say hello to the Philips Brilliance UltraWide Curved LCD Display (the name just rolls off the tongue), otherwise known as the BDM3490UC. It's a 34-inch display with a panoramic 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio.


The new monitor comes by way of a company called EPI, which is the brand license partner for Philips Monitors in the North American market. What you get with the BDM3490UC is a curved LCD, rocking a total ultrawide QHD aspect ratio of 3440 x 1440 pixels. In addition to the pair of 7W speakers, you also get the option for dual inputs. This means one half of the screen can come from your gaming console, while the other half is populated by your notebook PC.

Of course, most people will just use it as a single, really wide display for ultimate multitasking and a cinematic-like movie-watching or game-playing experience. Or you could look at the full width of your extra-wide TPS reports and Excel spreadsheets, since Philips is generally more focused on productivity than the gaming market.

All of the key specs are contained within the press release below. The newest Philips curved LCD monitor is on sale now for $999.99, though the list price is $200 more.

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Now Available: Phillips 34” Curved LCD Display

New curved display wraps around the user’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience

Fremont 25, California – February, 2016 – Today EPI (North America brand license partner for Philips Monitors) announces the new 34” Brilliance UltraWide Curved LCD Display, which combines an UltraWide screen with a gentle arc to pull users in for an immersive media experience. The subtle curve of the display, UltraWide QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and Panoramic 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio envelops users who seek a natural movie watching experience. The display also features built-in stereo speakers and MultiView technology that makes complex multi-tasking work a breeze. The Brilliance UltraWide Curved LCD Display (BDM3490UC) is now available at B&H Photo for $999.99.

The 34” Brilliance UltraWide Curved LCD Display has a 21:9 panoramic aspect ratio with True 8 bit color depth for superb color accuracy as well as an UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution for gorgeous detail with a pixel area that is 2.4 times larger than a Full HD monitor. The super widescreen makes the display ideal for viewing spreadsheets, editing multiple documents and running several programs at once. Additionally, the monitor’s MultiView technology enables active dual connect and view, so that you can work with multiple devices like PC and Notebook side-by-side simultaneously, making complex multi-tasking work a breeze.


The expansive and stunning display features an ultra-narrow bezel for maximum viewing and comes with a pair of DTS Certified sound high quality stereo speakers built into the display to complete the engaging media setup.

Philips Brilliance UltraWide Curved LCD Is Big, Wide and a Thousand Bucks
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