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Philips Evnia 42M2N8900

Philips' new line of gaming monitors is spelled Evnia and the first of its kind is a 42-inch OLED screen that offers a stunning picture....

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It took time. A long time, but now OLED monitors are here to stay and it only takes about nine seconds in front of an OLED model to establish with all imaginable certainty that LCD monitors have had their day. There is hardly any comparison, even though there are still plenty of really nice IPS screens out there and many ultra-fast VA/TN. OLED is king and within this field, no one can beat LG Display. Fortunately, the Philips Evnia 42M2N89 has a very capable LG panel and to call it the best gaming monitor would be an understatement of astronomical proportions. It is phenomenal and nothing else.

Philips Evnia 42M2N89

"Evnia" is Dutch TV giant Philips' new gaming series and the name means "good mind" in Greek (pure Greek, in other words). One of the first screens from the Evnia series is the 42M2N89, which is a 42" OLED TV with Ambilight on the back and an incredibly smooth, stylishly designed stand. The design of all Evnia screens is special to say the least. Philips has developed a stone-like pattern in a very special shade of grey that makes this screen and its siblings look original and exclusive. The back cover and base are premium and easy to install.

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So how good is the image quality? Outrageously good. Superb! This screen covers 95% of DCI-P3 and has a colour spectrum and colour neutrality that matches the reference screens we have tested over the years here at the editorial office. The grey scale is also absolutely master class and the blackness is, as usual with OLED, absolutely phenomenal. When it comes to brightness, there are definitely more punchy OLED screens with up to 1000 nits in the panel's capacity while this one only reaches 485 nits, but it's more than enough for all my needs and no matter what type of OLED I use and have used over the years, I have extremely rarely lacked more light. The panel here runs in 138Hz at most, has full support for Freesync and Gsync as a gaming monitor, it's just that Philips here has hit the mark, with everything. The Evnia 42M2N89 is fantastic.

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During my test sessions, I have played Fortnite, Warzone, Rocket League, Tekken 8 and Gran Turismo 7 (all via Playstation 5 Slim) and have been equally impressed by everything I have seen. The amount of input lag is at 13ms which is a bit higher than the fastest OLED screens of this size and that's where I find the only minus point in my test of this otherwise brilliant screen. I would have liked the Philips Evnia 42M2N89 to be in the 6-8 ms range to be really competitive as a pure gaming monitor but at the same time I know that I personally will never be able to tell the difference between 8 and 13, especially when playing on a console. This 42-inch gaming monitor is very good. The picture quality is fantastic and the design of the monitor itself and the included stand? Superb.

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08 Gamereactor UK
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Gorgeous design, amazingly good colour reproduction, brilliant greyscale, superb blacks, brilliant motion handling.
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Slightly high input lag, expensive
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Philips' new line of gaming monitors is spelled Evnia and the first of its kind is a 42-inch OLED screen that offers a stunning picture....



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