OSD PiP / PbP and Viewing Angles
The OSD is fairly comprehensive, with many options to choose from. The most interesting to explore were the PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) modes. The Seiki Pro really excels here. PiP can be in any corner of the screen, with small medium and large size options. PbP is also full of options – you can have two, three, or four inputs all displayed simultaneously:
Even more interesting is that the scaler is capable of handling four simultaneous 4K video streams (two at 4K 60 DP and two at 4K 30 HDMI). The scaler reduces the size as appropriate, so reading text on an interpolated and shrunken desktop may be difficult without Windows DPI scaling at play, but it is an interesting technical accomplishment nonetheless. The ultimate end result of all of this is the ability to effectively have four 20” diagonal displays, all fed from separate systems, all on the same piece of glass:
There are other decent color calibration options, but we will save that for later in the review.
Viewing angle tests show us the ability for a monitor to reproduce an accurate image (with color and brightness) from different directions. If you are sitting at your desk and slouch down, or move your chair to the side, will the screen still show you the image you expect? Here are the viewing angle results for the Seiki Pro 40”. The Lagom.nl Viewing Angle Test was used for these photos.
~45 degree right
‘Over the shoulder’
The Super MVA panel used offers respectable results at extreme viewing angles, but there is some minor contrast variance when viewed from the side (off of horizontal center). Vertical angles are better handled, especially when compared to a TN panel. That’s the thing with MVA – as the technology falls in-between TN and IPS.