OSD Setup And Calibration
Philips is the latest addition to our list of monitors with OSD controls we love. The BDM4065UC’s joystick is a pleasure to use and once you get a feel for it, you’ll be zipping through the menus at warp speed. It’s so much easier to use than traditional buttons.
Pressing the stick for three seconds or more toggles the power. A right-click brings up the OSD. Down accesses a user-preference menu which can be Audio Source, Volume or Input. Clicking up opens the PIP menu and left takes you to the SmartImage modes. We’ll expand on all functions during our tour.
The first menu is an input selector. You can also get quick access to this screen by programming the User Key in the OSD Settings menu (below). Inputs do not auto-select so you’ll have to cycle them manually if you have more than one source.
The Picture menu contains most of the image adjustments. Brightness controls the backlight over a range of 24 to 248cd/m2. SmartResponse is the overdrive setting and can be Off, Fast, Faster or Fastest. While Fastest provides the quickest panel response, it does introduce visible artifacts. The best balance between blur reduction and ghosting is the Fast option.
SmartContrast is a dynamic contrast option and can be either on or off. The monitor has plenty of dynamic range without help so we suggest leaving it off.
Gamma presets range from 1.8 to 2.6 in .2 increments. 2.2 is the default and best setting.
The PIP/PBP menu has extensive options for viewing up to four sources simultaneously. With so much screen area and resolution, the BDM4065UC makes a perfect monitor for multiple cameras or anything else you care to connect. Once configured, you can call up a quick menu to change the mode.
Here is the PIP/PBP quick menu which appears when you click the joystick up. It saves you a trip to the OSD when you want to change the arrangement of the source windows.
The Audio menu lets you control volume and mute. You can also select from HDMI, DisplayPort or analog sources.
The Color menu has the rest of the calibration controls. Color Temperature, sRGB and User Define are basically picture modes. Color Temperature lets you adjust the white point in degrees Kelvin. sRGB locks out all adjustments including Brightness. User Define opens up the RGB sliders for a traditional grayscale adjustment.
The OSD can be viewed in 22 languages.
The OSD appears at the center of the screen by default. To make calibration easier, you can move it to any corner you wish. You can also adjust the transparency and the timeout can be up to 60 seconds. User Key refers to a down-click of the joystick. You can set that function to Input, Audio Source or Volume.
The grayed-out sliders in the Setup menu are for analog image adjustments. You can toggle off the resolution notification and RS-232 control port here as well.
DisplayPort comes factory-set to version 1.1. Change it to 1.2 if you want Ultra HD at 60Hz.
Reset returns all OSD settings to their as-shipped defaults and Information displays the input signal resolution and refresh rate.
Earlier we mentioned SmartImage. It’s a series of presets for different viewing scenarios. We discovered an anomaly in the one marked SmartUniformity. The user manual says it improves screen uniformity. Like other displays with this feature, turning it on reduces contrast. Our sample didn’t need help there. But we also saw something strange.
The BDM4065UC has an LED backlight but the pattern at the top and sides almost make you think there’s a CCFL tube behind the screen. We don’t know what this artifact is but it only appears when you turn SmartUniformity on. Fortunately there’s no need to use this feature.
We encountered a bit of a conundrum when calibrating the BDM4065UC. In the Color Temperature and User modes, grayscale tracking is OK (excellent after adjustment) but the color gamut shows oversaturation in blue and magenta; and an under-saturated red primary. Things look much better in the sRGB mode but then you can’t adjust the grayscale which has visible blue errors. We finally decided to live with the pumped-up blue of User mode in favor of better grayscale tracking. Gamma in every case is very accurate. We wish the monitor had separate presets for color temp and gamut. Please try our settings below to optimize your BD4065UC.
|Philips BDM4065UC Calibration Settings|
|Color User Define||Red 100, Green 97, Blue 74|