Today, Phillips released a new ultrawide monitor, the 346B1C. This is a curved 34-inch monitor with a VA LCD panel, but contrary to what you would think, it isn’t manufactured by Phillips -– rather, this is an MMD monitor being sold under the Philips brand.
Philips’ new monitor is built to be a productivity-oriented monitor, but that doesn’t stop it from having some qualities that would make it work as a gaming monitor. On the productivity front, it’s got a large 3440 x 1440 resolution, and on the gaming front it’s has a respectable 100 Hz refresh rate and adaptive sync for fighting screen tears. That adaptive sync works down to a 48 Hz refresh rate. With these specs, think of it as a productivity-oriented monitor for someone who does enjoy firing up a game from time to time, but isn’t massively competitive.
As far as other specifications go, the monitor has a typical contrast ratio of 3,000:1, a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 1500R curvature and a Delta E of less than 2 on the sRGB color spectrum, which is pro-level accuracy.
Another strong point the monitor has is its connectivity options. For display inputs it has a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, HDMI 2.0 and USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 with power delivery up to 90W. The monitor also has a USB hub built in with one upstream connection and four downstream connectors. Wrapping things up is an Ethernet port and 3.5mm jack for audio out.
Philips 346B1C Specs
|LCD Panel Type||VA LCD|
|Backlight Type||W-LED system|
|Panel Size||34 inches / 86.36cm; 1550R curvature|
|Display Screen Coating||Anti-Glare, 2H, Haze 25%|
|Effective Viewing Area (H x V)||797.2 x 333.7|
|Maximum resolution||3440 x 1440 @ 100 Hz|
|Response time (typical)||5ms (grey to grey)|
|Contrast Ratio (Typical)||3,000:1|
|Colour Gamut (typical)||NTSC 100%; sRGB 119%; Adobe RGB 90%|
|Signal Input||1x DisplayPort 1.2; 1x HDMI 2.0; 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 x 1 (upstream, power delivery up to 90 W)|
|USB||1x USB-C; 1x USB-B (upstream); 4x USB 3.2 (downstream with 1 fast charge B.C 1.2)|
|Audio (In/Out)||Headphone out|
At the time of writing, the monitor is already listed for pre-order on Amazon for $479.99. Broader availability is expected in November.