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Philips large curved panel 

A 34inch curved panel is large and probably larger than most TV’s of a couple of years ago. However the 3440x1440 display makes it a joy to look at. It supports two screens in side by side display using PeP or the second screen top right with PiP.

Philips 349X7FJEW 34 Inch HDMI Curved FreeSync WQHD Monitor
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It is 81x37cm, its ‘V’ shaped stand is 50x30cm and the minimum raise from the desk is 10cm with the maximum being 26cm. The amount of curve means that the centre is 4cm behind the outsides. Looking at it in full screen mode is actually 21:9 ratio which seems to match a lot of recent cinema creations. So even normal 4K on a single screen has borders either side.

I connected both my own PC and the recently reviewed Acer 5000 Predator and used PeP to give crystal clear output from both.

My own PC was connected using HDMI and the Acer via DisplayPort. However I also used both the NetGem 4K box and the Fire 4K TV stick at various times during the review period.

The 100Hz refresh rate is close to double the 60Hz given by most standard panels. The pixel density is 109.68PPI with pixel pitch being square at .232mm.

Even though the curve seems quite extreme at 4cm from side to centre it still has the claim of 178 degree viewing angle.

Colours looked bright and vibrant and there are stated to be 16.7million of them.

There was 20% back tilt and 5% forward tilt which together with the height adjustment should give a comfortable viewing experience however far or near you are to the screen.

The total weight with stand is a little over 8 kilos. Fitting the stand to the panel is a simple click in movement which catches in four corners of the plate.

The large power supply is external. Connections on the rear are either side of the support arm.

On the right of the rear is a control nipple to do the work of the normal four or five buttons on the front of most panels. Next are four USB 3.1 ports with the upstream port next. Then an HDMI port before the arm. After the arm is an HDMI port, DisplayPort, Audio In and Headphone out complete the connections.

There are eight sides of illustrations that go from fitting the panel to the stand to covering using the nipple to make changes to the display including how to implement both PeP and PiP.

While there are two working HDMI ports you need to use the one beside the DisplayPort connection if you want PeP or PiP using a mix of HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

No external drivers are required to get 3440x1440 and you can – should you wish – lower the resolution using the standard right click within Windows to get to resolution settings.

While the footprint is necessarily large to support this large panel you do get used to the curve and it means cinema films can be watched without borders.

It has small borders so those with deep pockets and also large desks could even get an even wider view putting two panels side by side.

The Philips 349X7FJEW is available in the UK from Amazon for £613.49

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