Philips Evnia 49M2C8900 240 Hz QD-OLED gaming monitor review: Tremendous color and performance

49-inch curved 32:9 QD-OLED with DQHD resolution, 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR400, and wide gamut color.

Philips Evnia 49M2C8900
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

Some OLEDs let the user choose between constant and variable brightness. The 49M2C8900 only allows the former. I got the same values measuring both window and full field patterns. That means there will be no change in brightness as content shifts. The peak white level of 248 nits isn’t super bright, but it’s more than enough for any office or media room. And since it doesn’t shift, it is easier to find a comfortable output level. The black level cannot be measured since the pixel array is turned off when a 0% signal is displayed, so contrast is theoretically infinite.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Since the 49M2C8900 cannot be calibrated in the traditional sense, I simply dialed down the brightness slider to 200 nits. This equalizes the field for testing, but in practice, I’d run at closer to 120 nits. A 49-inch screen at 200 nits is very bright and will cause some fatigue after a few hours. No matter the brightness setting, the picture is stunning with its deep blacks and superlative contrast.

It is also impossible to measure an ANSI checkerboard pattern as the black levels are too low. In this regard, the 49M2C8900 behaves the same as all OLEDs.

Test Takeaway: Though some OLEDs have greater peak brightness than the 49M2C8900, they all look the same when set to 200 nits. I have yet to find any OLED that is weaker or stronger than any other in this test. You would only need more output if the environment demanded it.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • Neilbob
    When your monitor is wider than your desk, you've gone too wide...

    Okay, I'm just being facetious here. I am so very much not the target audience for a product like this: I get pains in my neck if I turn my head too much these days.
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  • Hdwr_Junkie
    What's up with all the insane Monitor aspect ratios??
    32:9 is INSANE!
    You can't put up a single page of a document without having to scroll vertically for half of it!
    That makes monitors like this USELESS for anything but panoramic gaming.
    Start making monitors with a vertical size that compliments the wideness and you'll have a resurgence in sales from people other than hardcore gamers!
    16:10 was a decent aspect ratio. Productive.
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  • bruiners79
    Hdwr_Junkie said:
    What's up with all the insane Monitor aspect ratios??
    32:9 is INSANE!
    You can't put up a single page of a document without having to scroll vertically for half of it!
    That makes monitors like this USELESS for anything but panoramic gaming.
    Start making monitors with a vertical size that compliments the wideness and you'll have a resurgence in sales from people other than hardcore gamers!
    16:10 was a decent aspect ratio. Productive.
    You've clearly never worked on a ultra wide monitor with a decent resolution.

    I thought they were a gimmick for gaming, and then I brought my first one (49in G9), and wow... greatest productivity gainer I've ever had. In my field of view I would have 4-5 windows open (one for coding, two web browsers testing my code; one for desktop, the other mobile), one for general web browsing (news) and the last space a film or word document / spreadsheet.

    Its so good that when the 57in came out i jumped at it, as the dual 4k does improve vertical scrolling over the 49in.

    Try one, you'll never look back.
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  • helper800
    Does anyone know the exact subpixel layout for this monitor? On the Philips website it just says: RGB Q-Stripe. Does this use the gen3 QD-OLED pixels or the gen2?
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