Philips 498P9 Brilliance review: Two high-performance QHD displays in one SuperWide 32:9 monitor Review

The Philips 498P9 Brilliance is a SuperWide curved Liquid crystal display with a forty nine-inch (124cm) diagonal and 32:9 aspect ratio that can swap a twin exhibit established-up. It provides the equal of two 27-inch QHD (2,560 x one,440) shows aspect by aspect. You can exhibit the movie from two PCs and flip a single keyboard and mouse again and forth in between the PCs working with the created-in KVM swap.

Concluded in a textured black, the styling of the 498P9 is unobtrusively minimum and the only obvious branding is a tiny PHILIPS symbol in the the centre of the bottom edge and ‘Brilliance 489P’ on the lower remaining corner.

Large-display screen look at: the forty nine-inch Philips 498P9 Brilliance, which has a native resolution of 5,one hundred twenty by one,440 pixels, fees £749.

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Consumer controls

Consumer manage is through the normal row of buttons, hidden less than the edge of the enclosure in the vicinity of the bottom ideal corner. The fifth button, very last on the ideal, is the electrical power ON/OFF button. With the exhibit turned off from this button the 498P9 is however consuming somewhere around .3 Watts. There is a correct electrical power ON/OFF rocker swap located next to the IEC electrical power socket. When on and in ordinary procedure the 498P9 ordinarily consumes 77.2W and has a ‘B’ electricity ranking. Our measurements clearly show .3W and 63W for the evaluate sample. Two common 27-inch QHD shows with an ‘A’ electricity ranking may consume 50W to 55W mixed.

The other 4 buttons are context associated, twin-operate buttons. The initially is the SmartImage hot critical: recurring presses cycle by means of the 8 SmartImage alternatives, with a ninth choice to transform SmartImage off. With the OSD (on-display screen exhibit) menu chosen this gets a return-to-former-menu-stage button. The second button selects for sign input and the third is a customisable consumer operate button. With the OSD shown, these two buttons are up/down menu navigation buttons. The fourth button both opens the OSD or, with the menu open, confirms a range.

The consumer manual mentions a handheld distant, but this is only accessible in China.


A created-in 5W stereo electrical power amplifier drives two internal loudspeakers with downward experiencing grilles located together the bottom of the exhibit enclosure. Audio input is through the HDMI or DisplayPort connections.

Automated impression optimisation

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Like many Philips exhibit products in the very last few yrs, the electronics driving the exhibit on the 498P9 involves the computerized impression optimisation options SmartImage and SmartContrast. For both of those of these options, the incoming movie sign is analysed and dynamic adjustments are made to the exhibit parameters. Both of those can be turned off, if necessary, through the OSD.

SmartImage dynamically adjusts contrast, colour saturation and sharpness in accordance to a chosen written content type. It provides a decision of Motion picture, Match, Economic system, LowBlue method and SmartUniformity.

SmartContrast dynamically adjusts the brightness of the backlight to supply optimum impression contrast. It can also assist to decrease electrical power intake.

Exhibit engineering

The 498P9 has a forty eight.8-inch diagonal (124cm) Vertical Alignment Liquid crystal display panel with a 1800R curvature (a one.8-metre radius). The native resolution is 5,one hundred twenty by one,440 pixels with a pixel pitch of .233 by .233mm.

Color gamut is specified as 121% of sRGB, 103% of NTSC and ninety one% of Adobe RGB. Which is very good for a W-LED backlit VA Liquid crystal display. Displays with quantum dot backlights can do much better, nevertheless: one of the few Philips monitors to utilize a quantum dot backlight, the 436M6, provides a gamut of 145% of Adobe RGB.

The colour gamut for this exhibit is noticeably much better than would normally be anticipated for a classic VA-Liquid crystal display panel. Instead than use a quantum dot backlight to extend colour gamut, Philips has applied a engineering it phone calls Extremely Large-Color. This achieves an enhancement in gamut by tweaking the chemistry of the backlight LEDs and the transmission qualities of the colour filters in the Liquid crystal display panel for a much better reaction match.


Spectrogram of the common backlight W-LED displaying that, whilst the blue spike from the LED is a very good match for the blue Liquid crystal display filter transmission curve, the relaxation of the output is not as very good a match for the environmentally friendly or red filters. Regular filter responses are demonstrated as dotted lines.   

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W-LEDs ordinarily applied in exhibit backlights are obvious blue LEDs with a yellow phosphor, and whilst their light appears ‘white’ to the human visible system, it isn’t really a notably pure ‘white’. This is normally not a very good match to the reaction of the R,G and B colour filters in an Liquid crystal display panel, which limits gamut.

Each individual 498P9 is supplied from the manufacturing unit with a calibration chart. Brightness and colour uniformity are measured at 25 factors throughout the exhibit. Relative to the centre place, measurements must be in between ninety seven% and 102% for brightness uniformity and considerably less than 2 for common Delta E.



This diagram of the 489P9 I/O connections is from the consumer manual.  

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All connections to the Philips 498P9 are downward experiencing together the major of a recess that operates together the again of the exhibit, higher than the lower edge. Viewed from the again, the 3 pin IEC socket for the electrical power guide is located at the remaining close of the recess, together with a mechanical electrical power on/off rocker swap. The I/O connections are grouped at the ideal close. The movie connections consist of two HDMI connections one and 2 which are HDMI 2. compliant and one DisplayPort connection which is DP1.four.

A created-in USB 3.2 hub is incorporated which has two upstream connections and 4 downstream. One of the downstream connections supports BC one.2 quickly charge. A 3.5mm jack socket caters for headphone connection. 

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The USB hub supports Keyboard Video clip & Mouse (KVM) switching for use when the exhibit is connected to two PCs (essentially it’s keyboard and mouse switching). Switching is accomplished both by means of the OSD menu, or the Consumer Purpose button — the third of the 5 consumer controls — can be assigned as a KVM toggle. Despite the fact that Philips says in the literature for the 498P9 “A easy button allows you to speedily swap in between sources,” there is no trace of a committed KVM button on our evaluate monitor.

Bundled extras

Bundled with the 498P9 are an IEC mains cable, a DisplayPort cable, an HDMI cable, a Brief Start out leaflet, the calibration sheet and a consumer manual on CD.  



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The 498P9 is a neat all-in-one answer for buyers who would in any other case will need to use two massive Quad Hd shows. The use of a SuperWide panel assures impression uniformity and colour stability, which is normally much more challenging to obtain with two separate monitors.
In use, although it can be operated as a full-width 5,one hundred twenty-by-one,440 exhibit, it will make little perception to do so for basic computing tasks. At full width, whilst manage menus stay together the edges of the exhibit, pop-up manage panels, website internet pages, or textual content paperwork by natural means look in a slim strip one quarter of the display screen width, down the centre of the exhibit. Environment document zoom to page width utilises the overall width of the exhibit, but vertically only shows a strip of most likely 10 sentences. Whole-display screen YouTube movie occupies the centre 50 percent of the exhibit.

The Extremely Large-Color gamut-boosting engineering, together with Philips clever impression processing, does handle to extract very very good impression top quality from the VA Liquid crystal display panel in the 498P9.

The created in audio lacks bass but is in any other case of acceptable top quality and is unquestionably easy, whilst the created-in KVM is crippled by the deficiency of the promised ‘convenient button’. Preferably this would be an external button on a flying cable that could be located in the vicinity of a keyboard and mouse.

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