Philips 499P9H Review: 49″ 5K Ultra HD Curved Monitor

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  • 32:9 SuperWide curved LCD display
  • Screen designed to replace multiscreen setups.
  • Effortlessly smooth action with Adaptive-Sync technology.
  • Built-in USB-C docking station.
  • Built-in KVM switch to easily switch between sources.
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Last updated on 26th November 2020 4:22 am
Philips 499P9H Review: 49″ 5K Ultra HD Curved Monitor
Philips 499P9H Review: 49″ 5K Ultra HD Curved Monitor

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8.5Expert Score
  • 32:9 SuperWide curved LCD display
  • Screen designed to replace multiscreen setups.
  • Effortlessly smooth action with Adaptive-Sync technology.
  • Built-in USB-C docking station.
  • Built-in KVM switch to easily switch between sources.
  • Securely sign in...
PROS
  • Beautiful Design
  • USB-C Dock Station
CONS
  • Wide Curved Monitors are Expensive

Philips 499P9H Review: 49″ 5K Ultra HD Curved Monitor Prices

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Price history for Philips 499P9H/00 48.8" Super Widescreen, Dual QHD, VA W-LED Curved Monitor (5120x1440/5ms/1xDP/2xHDMI/ USB-C) Webcam, Speakers
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  • £959.66 - 26th November 2020
  • £952.15 - 19th November 2020
  • £959.66 - 14th November 2020
  • £1,000.08 - 8th November 2020
Since: 8th November 2020
  • Highest Price: £1,000.08 - 8th November 2020
  • Lowest Price: £952.15 - 19th November 2020

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Specification: Philips 499P9H Review: 49″ 5K Ultra HD Curved Monitor

Brand Philips
Product Dimensions 119.4 x 56.8 x 30.3 cm, 15.3 Kilograms
Item model number 499P9H/00
Manufacturer Philips
Series 32:9 SuperWide curved LCD display 499P9H/00
Color Black
Standing screen display size (Inches) 48.8
Resolution 5120 x 1440 Pixels
Number of HDMI Ports 2
Wattage (watts) 45
Item Weight (kg) 15.3
32 9 SuperWide curved LCD display

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  1. Peter

    Initially I payed £1,129 for the Samsung C49RG90 and being horrified with the terrible and ugly fit & finish of the screen corners (bit’s of plastic sticking out) I returned it and got the £300 Samsung 34″ LS34J550WUXEN but the screen was truly awful so I returned that and ordered the Philips 499P9H.I don’t do much gaming any more so mainly use it for media and productivity.And I’m not an expert on screens but I can say I’m really happy with this one.It’s super bright and the whites are super whitey white (the previous £300 monitor had very yellowy off colour whites that wouldn’t calibrate).So that’s about it for my limited expertise on screen quality. I’m totally happy with it.On the con side.It’s nice that it comes with two speakers but they sound like absolute ass. My £20 Anker bluetooth/mini jack sounds way better so I turned off the monitor speakers and use that instead.Also, I did see a YouTube review that showed the screw holes in the plastic back were no aligned with the inner metal chassis screw holes but I assumed they would be fixed on my unit. As you can see by the attached picture, they were not. I guess a power drill could solve that by just widening the holes in the plastic but it’s pretty shocking that a massive company like Philips can let that one get by.So right now the monitor is just hanging on the stand by the two forks that slide in before it is supposed to be screwed in place.I haven’t tested the web cam yet, reviews say it’s rubbish but I won’t be using it much.Speaking of fit and finish, the rest of the monitor is beautiful. Stand is great and solid. But the box it came in needs a redesign.As you can see from the picture I attached, they put the picture of the monitor on the side of the box implying the bottom is the top. I didn’t read the large warning to open it from the other side as one just assumes you open any box from the top. If it needs to be opened from the other side then they should print the picture the other way around (or package it the other way round inside).Despite those minor issues though it’s a great monitor and £200 cheaper than the Samsung or Dell equivalent.

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  2. Tre4

    Well I’ve had this monitor for just over a year now and it feels like I only just got it. I do enjoy using this form factor and it has made me more productive during COVID-19 and has made playing the odd game more fun too.Let’s get this clear, it’s not a gaming monitor with high refresh rates and all the trapping of those high end superwide gamers. However for the likes of me that play games occasionally for fun it works well. I play games like Borderlands 3 regularly at full screen size and it is fine, even though my Graphics card is just a GTX 2070 super.For most of the time I have been using this to work, and also a little bit of programming for fun. Initially it feels a bit weird having so much screen and the max button filling the whole thing. I tried the philips software initially but did not like it. I then used DisplayFusion that worked well allowing you to setup virtual screens you can maximise into. Now however I just use Microsoft PowerToys and the FancyZones app. I drag the window and hold the right mouse button to dock into one of the zones. This makes me super flexible on where windows are. One recent thing I found was TaskbarX, this locates the Taskbar icons in the middle of the taskbar, removing the need to constantly swivel your neck to the left to find things.I have powered my work HP Elite X2 device directly from the USBC adding this as an additional screen to the laptop. My main machine uses DisplayPort which works well and I have in the past run a RaspberryPi directly from the USB ports with no issues. The screen has been reliable, has all the pixels working properly and the pop up camera has both been giving me access to my computer and working double time through Covid. Not a perfect picture but more than adequate for video conferencing.The only thing that frustrates me about the screen is that it gives the impression you can divide the display into two 2560×1440 screens being fed from different devices. This is not quite the case. PBP mode does split the screens however it scales the contents such that you end up with two 5120×1440 screens scaled down to fit a 2560×1440 letterbox window, meaning you really cannot read the screens well. I’ve not found any way to resolve this despite occasionally having another go. In truth this would not make me give up this monitor at all! I have not for a moment regretted my decision to buy this. It was a good balance of cost and performance and has been invaluable over the last 6 months trapped at home.

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