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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I’m running out of positive adjectives to describe OLED gaming monitors. They are so close in performance that it’s impossible to buy a bad one. That’s a good thing considering their premium pricing, but this is one area where you will not regret buying the best. Any 240 Hz OLED will deliver addictive imagery and gaming. You only need to decide which size and shape is right for you.

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For those seeking maximum width, the Philips Evnia 49M2C8900 is a top choice. It delivers the blur-free motion and low input lag of a 240 Hz OLED. It has infinite contrast with perfect black levels, and it’s bright enough to render highlights that pop. The Quantum Dot layer successfully expands the color gamut to over 114% of DCI-P3 putting it on par with other QD-OLEDs. And it will save you around $100 over the price of a Samsung OLED G9 while delivering the same performance.

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Audio isn’t usually a deciding factor when buying a computer monitor but sound is very important to gaming. You can wear headphones, of course, but the 49M2C8900 gives you the option not to. It has the best-integrated sound I’ve heard with its four speakers, DTS sound modes, bass presence, and plenty of distortion-free volume. And it has a remote control which might sound like a small thing but in practice, it’s a major uplevel in convenience.

If you want to fill your desktop with a mega-wide screen, the Philips Evnia 49M2C8900 is a great option. It’s an OLED, it’s a Quantum Dot OLED and it’s a superlative gaming monitor. Definitely check it out.

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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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