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Philips Evnia 34M2C8600

Philips' latest OLED powerhouse is based on Samsung's hugely popular 34-inch panel, and Hegevall is impressed...

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Evnia is the Dutch TV giant's new series of gaming monitors, and after testing the 42M2N8900, it's now time for the 34-inch, which in many ways is the flagship of this chalk-white series of monitors. 34M2C8600 is a 34-inch QD OLED monitor with a resolution of 3440×1440 that runs at 175hz. It's based on the Samsung panel that has now been used in six different gaming monitors in the last year and there's no doubt that the panel itself is one of the best you can buy right now.

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On paper, this is in many ways a real show-off. 1000 nits in maximum brightness (HDR), lightning-fast response time, 99 per cent DCI-P3 and Ambiglow on the back of the chassis are offered as well as a curvature of 1800R which I think suits the size and format very well. There is a DP port (1.4) here, two HDMI 2.0 inputs (unfortunately not 2.1 which is a miss, in my opinion) and a USB C port. That Philips hasn't included at least one HDMI 2.1 input for all console gamers who want to run their PS5 or Xbox Series X console at 1230Hz seems absurd, to be honest, and means that I only recommend this monitor for computer use. Only.

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In terms of design, this screen is super gorgeous. White with a back cover that looks luxurious and unique and a well-designed, flexible base. It is easy to turn the screen up 90 degrees for those who want to, and super easy to raise or lower it. Out of the box, the screen we tested is already very well framed with the exception that the colours are a bit oversaturated, as always when it comes to Samsung's OLED panels. This isn't really a problem as the image is strong, bright, vivid, colourful, razor sharp and pleasant to look at, but for those who want the most measured natural image possible, you need to reduce the saturation of the colours. Unfortunately, the OSD leaves something to be desired as it's not possible to adjust the RGB colours individually, which is unusual in this price range. Instead, we had to set the colour temperature as a whole here, which also changes the almost perfect white balance out of the box and this is a bit of a shame, if I'm being picky here. I'd really like to see smooth, simple settings to dial in the red, green and blue parts of the panel.

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Minus that, the image is, as I said, absolutely stunning. The contrast, facial contrast, blackness, greyscale, colours, speed and brightness of 1000 nits in HDR really leave nothing to be desired. You won't find any lag or clouding here and the way Samsung's QD OLED panel handles motion must be applauded. Being able to pound away at 175Hz in Warzone and take advantage of all the benefits that OLED as an imaging technology offers is a pure delight and in many ways I think this panel is the finest on the market right now. I just wish Philips had had the good taste to include an HDMI 2.1 port and separate control for the colour channels. Then we'd be looking at the maximum rating, here.

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08 Gamereactor UK
8 / 10
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Wonderful picture, lightning fast panel, natural colours, lots of brightness, great design, stable base
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No HDMI 2.1 inputs, no settings for separate colour control
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