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Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 175Hz QD-OLED Ultrawide

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OLED-based technology can deliver many benefits for gaming and other uses. The Philips 34M2C8600 of the Evnia 8000 series focuses on a responsive gaming experience, with its 175Hz QD-OLED panel. The monitor includes a marble-effect stand base with grey speckling and a metallic silver-coloured bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are slender dual-stage parts, with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and slim hard plastic outer part. An active area 8 pixels wide is also included around the image for the ‘pixel orbiting’ feature, designed to reduce the chance of image retention. ‘Ambiglow’ LEDs face downwards beneath the bottom bezel, customisable in the OSD. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A marble-effect stand base

A ~34″ Samsung Display QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel is used with 3440 x 1440 (21:9 ultrawide) resolution alongside a moderate (1800R) curve to draw you in a bit without feeling unnatural. The screen supports Adaptive-Sync, allowing technologies including Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync to be used with 48 – 175Hz VRR range plus LFC. A glossy screen surface is adopted with anti-reflective coating whilst a 1m:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support are specified. The monitor is ‘flicker-free’ with ‘LowBlue Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings designed to provide a more relaxing viewing experience. A 99.3% DCI-P3 colour gamut is specified alongside 250 cd/m² (1000 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance, with factory calibrated sRGB emulation mode included (DeltaE <2 specified). The monitor responds to HDR10 content with VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification and additional HDR settings for a different look. For HDR10 content the monitor can make good use of its per-pixel illumination, 10-bit colour support and generous gamut, alongside pulses up to 1000 cd/m² for some eye-catching bright elements.

A 0.1ms grey to grey response time is specified with ‘Low Input Lag’ – although you shouldn’t pay too much attention to the exact grey to grey figure, OLED technology is known to be strong in this respect. Various ‘Ambiglow’ RGB LEDs are included at the rear along the top and side edges as well as running vertically down the centre. This feature creates a decent ‘halo’ of light around the monitor, lighting up the wall and desk a bit for added ambience. The stand provides tilt, swivel and height (150mm or 5.91 inches) adjustment with 100 x 100mm VESA mounting supported as an alternative. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (plus Type-B upstream) and a 3.5mm audio output. 2 x 5W down-firing DTS speakers are also included. The monitor supports KVM for easy display input switching and USB peripheral sharing between 2 systems, alongside 2-way PiP/PbP support.

White rear with plenty of RGB LEDs

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~£1150.

Philips Evnia 34M2C8600