Video Perspective: SEIKI SE39UY04 39-in 4K 3840x2160 TV Unboxing and Overview

Subject: General Tech, Displays | July 20, 2013 - 11:36 PM |
Tagged: video, seiki, SE39UY04, hdtv, displays, 4k, 3840x2160

After the interest in our overview of the SEIKI 50-in 4K HDTV last April, we got word that SEIKI was making a smaller version of the same television.  The SE39UY04 is now available and sells for just under $700 at various online retailers and is surely piquing the interest of many PC users and enthusiasts with the combination of a 3840x2160 resolution and 39-in screen size.

In nearly every way, this 39-in model is identical to the 50-in version with the exception of size and pixel density.  Having just recently published a review of the ASUS PQ321Q 4K monitor on PC Perspective I can now report that the move from 60 Hz screens to 30 Hz screens, even at this kind of resolution and screen size, is very apparent. 

Below is our initial video unboxing and overview of the new SEIKI SE39UY04.  Check it out and leave us any questions or ideas below!

July 31, 2013 | 12:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

August 2, 2013 | 06:37 PM - Posted by sambatico (not verified)

i have seiki 39 4k hooked to

1- as a 4th monitor to my 4800x2560 ( 4 way titan sli) on HDM1.

2- as main monitor to my 4770k + 7970 AMD mini gaming rig on HDMI2.

3- 690 gtx on as a second monitor to my 55 inch samsung.

will try to make it short:

-on the titans , blinking occasionally until the latest beta was released ( nvidia (326.41 beta driver ).

-didnt work as 4k on the dvi to hdmi converter on the 690 gtx

-plug and play on 7970 amd.

-non stop blinking on HD4600 intel ( maybe a firmware update can fix this).

-couldnt get it to 120 hz on titans but 80 hz was fine and cant do it on 7970 without a custom inf ( didnt try it but i know ppl did it)

-30 hz is a game killer , but its wonderfull as a secondary monitor , the res is just awsome and titans can handle both 4800x2560 and the 4k at the same time

-colors need calibration but i can live with the factory colors.

-totaly waste of money when its hooked to a full HD source ( ie: sat box , TV...etc) picture Q is bad at any refresh rate u select unless on full HD res , my samsung 55 seri 8 beats it hands down on all aspects on that res.

-speakers on the monitor are a joke

i would recomend it as pc monitors for photo editing with the right calibration tool , but not for gaming or even daily use as a TV.

sorry for the bad english and i hope those short notes will help.

August 18, 2013 | 11:16 AM - Posted by Dac (not verified)

I've bought one, and this review would have helped had I not jumped at the opportunity, and I'd have held off.

Expecting delivery tomorrow or Tuesday, and hoping that SLI 570's can cope :)

Still 3840 * 2160, with a 1600 * 2560 'secondary' 30" display in Portrain mode (my desk ain't wide enough to have a 32" and 30" side by side in Landscape.

30hz isn't going to be too bad, I'll just enable vsync in everything :)

I'm too old to play 'competitive' FPS these days (55), so it isn't a big deal not to be able to game at 60+hz.

August 20, 2013 | 09:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does the following statement still stand?

"It doesn't do 120 Hz like some monitors do. This is just 120 Hz interpolation like many other TVs do."

If not, it would be nice to watch some demo. thanks

August 23, 2013 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi folks,

I appreciate the Seiki review,and had a couple of questions which I'm sure more "serious" gamers would also like to know.

a) Were you able to successfully setup a custom resolution
of 1440p with 60-80hz like some have claimed?

b) I'm a little bit surprised with the "poor" quality of the 1080p resolution, as the scaling should be EXACTLY 4 pixels to 1, which should result in an identical quality to a native 1080p. (have you tried with Nvidia/AMD scaling, rathe than using the TVs, in case it's doing something "wrong").

c) And finally, between a custom 1440p and a 1080p on this specific TV, did you experience a superior image @ 1440p or 1080p. This sounds like a dumb question, but 1080p doesn't require pixel approximation/scaling (4:1) whereas 1440p would.



October 2, 2013 | 05:45 PM - Posted by Jike (not verified)

Hello there , I just order the seiki 39" 4k tv and wanted to know if my nvidia 690 gpu do 4k with the dvi to hdmi converter or can I just used the dvi wire thanks

October 25, 2013 | 06:35 PM - Posted by luckyxiaoj (not verified)

i have a question for you~~i got exactly same tv with you, but when i connected with my pc, the desktop resolution is not 4k,when i open the chrome the picture looks faintness, but during the game it works fine on 4k resolution. my video card is gtx760

February 23, 2014 | 02:36 AM - Posted by Ed Deveaux (not verified)

Thanks for the great presentation on 4k. I have just finished setting up the SE55UY04 to work with a mid 2009 MacBook Pro. 2560x1440, 2048x1152 and 1920x1440 all at 30 Hz
I got the 55" on sale at Sears for. $800.00. I was able to use SwitchResX to configure the resolutions on the ?MacBook PRO. I will be also adding a SE39UY04. $499 @ sears to my equipment.
I used a min display port to hdmi adaptor and hdmi cable to connect.

Keep up the good work. let me know when you do the 8k SExxUY06 hdmi 2.0


June 7, 2014 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

need a list of video cards that support the 4K option - I have a 620, a great 580 and another I thought high end video card but none will display greater than 1920 (vs 4K)
do I need a special cable - or multiple cables or just two new video cards - please if you have a list of the models that support 4K I would appreciate it, also I do not want to spend $ 500.00 for a video card.

all my cards support 2560x1440 with just the dvi cable (30 inch dell)


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