Netherlands-based electronics company, Philips, has announced that its 4K UltraClear monitors will be available in South Africa.

The Phillips 4K UltraClear monitors will feature a native resolution of 3 840 x 2 160 pixels and a super wide viewing angle of 176 degrees. The display is available in two flavours, a 28-inch as well as a much larger 40-inch display which Philips claims is the first of its kind.

Both of these new monitors will make use of white LED technology which should mean users experience better contrast, consistent brightness and faster start up times.

The 40-inch display will benefit from Philips MultiView which allows users to connect multiple sources to one screen. This means that you can type up that report you need to submit by Monday on the same screen you’ve connected your DStv to so that you can watch the RWC 2015.

Other features on the new displays include stereo speakers, a USB 3.0 hub, VGA and HDMI ports as well as a Display Port which you’ll need to reach a 60Hz refresh rate. The Philips 4K UltraClear UHD monitors also make use of a Mobile High Defintion Link (MHL) which allows the connection of a smartphone or tablet to view content on from the smartphone or tablet, on the screen.

Philips product specialist at Drive Control Corporation, Bruce Byrne spoke about the new monitors in a statement saying, “Crystal clear viewing, large screen real estate and an extraordinary image quality bring a range of applications to life, from entertainment to productivity and everything in between. In addition to features and functionality, the displays also feature a slim bezel design and a range of mounting options, making them perfect for the home or office.”

Expect to pay around R10k at retail for the 28-inch Phillips 4K UltraClear UHD monitor, and around R15k for the 40-inch monitor. These are guesses based on the ex-VAT prices we got from Drive Control, mind, so the final retail prices may well be different.

The price for the 40-inch screen is a bit expensive when compared to that of a 4K TV of the same size, though to be fair this monitor does not require you have a TV license before buying, which will come in handy for those looking to stay under the SABC’s radar.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.