Philips 349P7FUBEB curved 100Hz VA UltraWide
Having used a number of 100Hz curved VA UltraWides, we feel they tick a lot of important boxes for both productivity and an immersive entertainment experience. The strong contrast and lack of ‘IPS glow’ also compel some users to choose them over IPS alternatives. The Philips 349P7FUBEB adopts a 100Hz VA panel, with 1800R curve to improve immersion and potentially enhance viewing comfort. The monitor has a dual-stage bezel, compromising a slim panel border around the image which blends in seamlessly when the monitor is switched off. There is also a very thin hard plastic outer bezel component. The bottom bezel is significantly thicker, with glossy black plastic used. When you’re actually using the monito, the main focus will of course be on the 34” UltraWide screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.
The monitor uses a 34” 21:9 Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) panel with 1800R (relatively steep) curve and a light matte anti-glare screen surface. A 3440 x 1440 resolution, 3000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified alongside a 100Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync (and hence AMD FreeSync) is supported on compatible GPUs and systems, with a 40 – 100Hz variable refresh rate range plus support for LFC. The panel supports true 8-bit colour without dithering, whilst a flicker-free backlight is used with a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. ‘Low Blue Mode’ Low Blue Light settings are also included to enhance viewing comfort. The monitor offers a fairly generous colour gamut – whilst not supporting extended colour spaces such as Adobe RGB, 117.3% sRGB (99.8% NTSC) is specified. This will allow the monitor to provide a hit of extra vibrancy compared to models which have a more restricted colour space. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified. The included stand offers good ergonomic flexibility (height, swivel and tilt) and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports include; DP 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, USB-C, 3 USB 3.0 ports (1 with fast-charging), a 3.5mm audio input and a 3.5mm audio output. 2 x 5W speakers are also included to allow simple sound output directly from the monitor.
Further information is available on the manufacturer’s website. Availability in the UK is expected July 2018 with an RRP of £749. Availability elsewhere expected around a similar time, although we can’t currently confirm specifics.