Review: Philips Brilliance 499P9H Display

Philips recently announced the availability of the Brilliance 499P9H supersede display in the region and we got a review unit for our hands-on with the device. And we are quite amazed with its performance – read on to find out why.

The 499P9H is a 49-inch display when measured diagonally and it offers an aspect ratio of 32:9. This means that the display is capable of pushing out a resolution of 5120-by-1440 pixels, which is equivalent to two 2560-by-1440 widescreen displays when placed side-by-side. You also get a pixel density of 109ppi and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

Using this screen will do away with many annoyances that come with using multiple screen setups. For instance, you get lots of screen real estate. Those annoying bezels and multiple cables that need to be used with multiple displays are also gone.

While the display is aimed at productivity jobs such as graphics designing, spreadsheets work, and databases, you also get a good experience when gaming on it – especially racing games such as Forza Horizon. The wide panoramic view gives you a good gameplay experience.

The 1800R curve on the display is also very good – you can now clearly see the corners without the image becoming too distorted.

One of the important features of the Philips 499P9H monitor is its pop-up Windows Hello-compatible webcam, which is a welcome addition especially when it comes to security aspect of your business.

In terms of connectivity, the 499P9H not only offers a USB Type-C connector with docking and power delivery capabilities, but also a more traditional DisplayPort 1.2 input and two HDMI 2.0 ports. The 499P9H also supports picture-by-picture (PBP) and picture-in-picture (PiP) modes.

The display also comes packed with a dual-port USB 3.0 hub as well as an Ethernet connector to provide a GbE connectivity to Apple’s MacBooks and other laptops that only feature USB Type-C headers. Philips also includes an integrated KVM, giving you the ability to control two PCs with one set of peripherals connected directly to the display.

Many of the ultrabooks and thin and light laptops today come with a single USB-C port. The Philips Brilliance 499P9H works really well in this scenario. When you then plug-in a modern laptop via a single Type-C lead, the laptop has instant access to the peripherals and data connection, while outputting video to the external display.

This is an awesome demonstration of what’s now possible via a single cable. In addition, the Philips supports USB-C power delivery at up to 65W, meaning most ultrabooks will charge while docked. In terms of value-add, you also get a pair of integrated 5W stereo speakers positioned toward the sides of the panel.

In terms of brightness, the Philips Brilliance 499P9H offers in excess of 400 nits. The black levels and contrast were quite good, too. Colours really popped out in most conditions and the overall picture quality is very good.

The Philips Brilliance 499P9H has been designed as a one-stop replacement for a dual-screen setup. It offers an amazing 32:9 aspect ratio which is great for productivity. The display is available at a price of AED 3800. While this may seem a bit expensive to some, Philips justifies the price tag by integrating a convenient USB-C docking station, a multi-client KVM and Windows Hello face recognition, thereby building an attractive solution for hassle-free management of multiple PCs.

Price: AED 3800

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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