January 25, 2022

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Test: never again two screens

Test: never again two screens

Another huge ultra-wide gaming screen. The new Philips 49 turns on the Samsung Odyssey G9 circuit. At the time of writing, Philips is a bit cheaper at 11,499 kr (Dustin Home) vs Samsung which costs 11,990 at Power.no.

This time, too, the home office has been transformed into what looks like a spaceship’s control room. It’s hard to show the size of this screen in the pictures, but believe me, the Philips 498P9Z is huge.

Specifications for Philips 498P9Z:

  • 48.8 LCD Panel
  • Aspect Ratio 32:9
  • 5120 x 1440 pixels, 165 Hz
  • 109 pixels per inch
  • 4 milliseconds
  • 550 CDs
  • 3000:1 contrast ratio
  • DCI-P3 91%min Color Gamut
  • NTSC 100%, sRGB 122%, Adobe RGB 89% typical color gamut
  • DisplayHDR 400 . certified
  • DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 3.0 x 2

If you compare the specifications with Samsung’s curve, the latter may seem denser at first glance. It bends more with the full 1000R and has a higher refresh rate of 240Hz. The Philips 498P9Z has a curved refresh rate of 1800R and 165Hz. This means that if the screen continues around you in a circle, the radius will be 1800 mm.

There is a Philips logo in the middle of the screen. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

The G9 has a response time of 1ms, support for NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, while Philips stabilizes at 4ms. But Philips curves have better contrast and brightness. The Odyssey supports Display HDR 1000 and HDR10+, while the 498P9Z only supports Display HDR 400. In other words, the Odyssey should have black levels darker than these.

Each of these screens has its advantages, while the G9 seems to be a bit more extreme overall. You can read the Samsung Odyssey G9 test here:

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very good screen

In short, the 1800R is more usable than the 1000R. The gaming experience may feel sharper with more curvature, but if you’re using the screen for other things as well, like image processing and graphics, it’s a good idea the fonts aren’t more distorted. On the Samsung Odyssey, it was sometimes difficult to get the horizon in a perfectly straight image, while I feel the images on the Philips 498P9Z are completely flat.

This screen is great for working with movie on. I’m used to working on multiple screens at the same time, but I’m constantly annoyed that the mouse pointer stops at the edges and that there’s no edge between screens at all.

Multi-screen alternative

In terms of size and ratio, the screen does the same thing as two 27s next to each other, without a divider in the middle.

But I’m missing better features in Windows to easily divide windows into three, four and five. When working with text, it was better to be able to put more than two documents or a navigator path next to each other.

It should be a way to quickly place windows. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

Screen colors look good and true, and the 5120 x 1440 resolution is sharp enough. Philips claims that the monitor should handle 122 percent of sRGB, 91 percent of DCI-P3, and 89 percent of AdobeRGB. It handles contrasts well. The 165Hz refresh rate is also sufficient, although some would argue that 240Hz provides a slight advantage in FPS games.

The camera at the top is a Cisco Webex desktop camera. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

The frames around the screen can of course be thinner. The bezels are made to fool you a bit as to where the screen ends up being, which is a little confusing.

The screen has good colors and a good viewing angle. But the colors seem to move a little towards purple at the outer edges of the screen. Black levels get completely black for an LCD screen, but of course it can’t be compared to an OLED. The screen works very accurately when I run the Eizo screen test.

It does not replace the oven plate

The screen takes a full 11 seconds to turn on, but unlike the Odyssey G90, the 498P9Z doesn’t get particularly hot. When I was holding a hand next to the pad on my Samsung 49, it was so hot that I almost worried. In the back, it was much hotter and Samsung said it normally uses 108 watts against Philips which states the 498P9 uses about 50 watts.

These days, you almost have to consider energy consumption when buying technology.

The monitor has three HDMI 2.0 inputs and one DisplayPort that you have to use for full resolution and refresh rate. The display has four USB 3.2 ports, one of which can charge other devices up to 7.5W. In addition, it has two USB 3.2 upload ports that plug into the device and a 3.5mm headphone output.

DP, HMDI and USB 3.2. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

Box includes DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, power cable, instructions, and calibration diagram.

The menus look old-fashioned and not as easy to navigate as, for example, Huawei MateView GT. But they are responsive and clear. After all, this is not where you spend most of your time. The buttons are located at the bottom of the screen on the right side and are easy to access. A separate menu allows you to easily switch between different color profiles like ‘Office’, ‘Photo’, ‘Movie’ etc., without that being something I would use.

Ironically, the phrase “easy reading” is so light that I am impressed. With a 550cd, this screen is bright.

Unnecessary speakers?

The nice surprise is that the screen has two built-in 5W speakers, which of course are pretty bad with a complete absence of bass, but can be nice to have when you don’t have other speakers connected. The speakers are placed on opposite sides so that they at least provide clear stereo sound.

The foot extends beyond the table. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

The base of the monitor is nice, but it extends a bit beyond the desk. So, I have to put the keyboard on top. The board can of course be lifted up and down and tilted, but it cannot be rolled to the side without moving the foot.

Good that you can tilt the screen. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

32:9 Not for the movies

Watching a movie on such a screen doesn’t make much sense, or – there is little content designed for 32:9 and you’ll get black edges on the page. The same goes for many games, but most of the new titles support eccentric resolution. I tested Forza 4 and 5, Flight Simulator, Age of Empires 4 and Halo: Infinite.

Halo Infinite on Philips 498P9Z. The bad refresh rate is the GIF, not the screen. (Ill: Ole Magnus Kinapel/ITavisen)

And playing Halo on this screen is quite raw and I pretty much sold out. Going back to a smaller screen or multiple screens after using it isn’t fun. But whether I would choose this over the Odyssey G9 I’m not sure. Although the 1800R is more usable, the 1000R delivers a more intense gaming experience. The Odyssey looks more interesting.

This monitor is a great alternative for you who could have had two 27s. Having a single screen ensures that the image has the same colors everywhere and that you’re splitting between them.

Philips 498P9Z can be recommended!

Test: never again two screens

deduce

Ultra HD screen for those who need something for work and leisure alike. The screen replaces two 27 inches and the curvature makes you look more or less straight across the entire surface. The 1800R is more usable than the 1000R, but the monitor could have supported G-Sync and a 1ms refresh rate.

Reader rating74 ratings

4.8

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1800R is more useful than 1000R

good colors

Don’t get too hot

165 Hz!

Big feet

It can have a faster response time