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Review: Philips 346B1C Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor with USB-C

Affordable 100Hz Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor with USB-C

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For those who aren’t used to it, working from home requires a big adjustment in mindset and, in most cases, technology. Thanks to Philip’s 346B1C Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor, working at home is easier and faster. Aside from boosting your productivity at work by providing more screen space to view multiple apps at once, it also delivers more immersive gaming.

Ultrawide display monitors meshes with my working style being able to see everything I need in one screen and being able to open multiple apps makes working faster and more enjoyable. I can even watch my favorite youtubers on YouTube or watch my favorite series on Netflix while I work. So if you’re like me, then, you’re in for a treat because this monitor will definitely show you everything in just one screen.

Unboxing/Accessories

The Philips 346B1C Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor comes in a large brown box with the brand logo on the left side of the box and feature specifications printed on both sides of the box. Inside is a styrofoam package that serves as a cushion to the monitor, product documentations, HDMI cable, DP cable, USB-C/A Y cable, and Power cable.

Build Quality/Design

Philips 346B1C curved ultrawide LCD monitor is designed 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. Personally I love using this monitor when working with the use of the USB-C docking station, I can easily connect my laptop to the monitor and also use it to connect to my PS4 console to play my favorite games.

The screen delivers CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 pixel images. Utilizing high performance panels with high-density pixel count, 178/178 wide viewing angles, these new displays will make your images and graphics come alive. The UltraWide 21:9 format enables more productivity with more room for side-by-side comparisons and more viewable spreadsheet columns. Whether you are a demanding professional requiring extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM solutions or a financial wizard working on huge spreadsheets, Philips displays deliver CrystalClear images.

Built in USB-C docking station

As our laptops get slimmer and most of them are now equipped with USB-C and thunderbolt ports, the only way to connect any peripherals or a monitor is through a USB-C port. Having a USB-C docking monitor can make life a lot easier rather than having all kinds of cables laying across your desk, you can simply have a single USB-C cable and connect it directly to your laptop.

Thankfully, Philips are offering a new monitor equipped with a USB-C port that lets you connect your laptop without the need of any adaptors leaving your desk clutter-free. Aside from that, due to the nature of USB-C, you can also charge your ultrabook through this monitor. Simply connect your notebook to this monitor with a single USB-C cable to watch high-resolution video and transfer super-speed data, while powering up and re-charging your notebook at the same time.

Philips 346B1C Specs

Picture/Display

LCD panel type VA LCD
Adaptive sync Yes
Backlight type W-LED system
Panel Size 34 inch / 86.36 cm
Display Screen Coating Anti-Glare, 2H, Haze 25%
Effective viewing area 797.2 (H) x 333.7 (V) – at a 1500 R curvature*
Aspect ratio 21:9
Maximum resolution 3440 x 1440 @ 100 Hz*
Pixel Density 110 PPI
Response time (typical) 4 ms (Gray to Gray)*
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast ratio (typical) 3,000:1
SmartContrast 80,000,000 :1
Pixel pitch 0.23175 x 0.23175 mm
Viewing angle 178º (H) / 178º (V)

@ C/R > 10

Flicker-free Yes
Picture enhancement SmartImage
Display colors 16.7 M
Color gamut (typical) NTSC 100%*, sRGB 119%*, Adobe RGB 90%*
Scanning Frequency 30 – 160 kHz (H) / 48 – 100 Hz (V)
SmartUniformity 93 ~ 105%
Delta E < 2 (sRGB)
sRGB Yes
LowBlue Mode Yes
EasyRead Yes

Connectivity

Signal Input DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 x 1 (upstream, power delivery up to 90 W)
HDCP HDCP 1.4 (DP / USB-C), HDCP 2.2 (HDMI)
USB USB-C x 1, USB-B x 1 (upstream), USB 3.2 x 4 (downstream with 1 fast charge B.C 1.2)
Audio (In/Out) Headphone out
RJ45 Ethernet LAN up to 1G*, Wake On Lan
Sync Input Separate Sync

 

PROs

  • Wide aspect ratio is great for productivity
  • Built in USB-C with 90W docking station
  • 3440 x 1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio has plenty to offer for both work and play.
  • solid built with good ergonomic flexibility

CONs

  • It only has 1 HDMI port
  • No portrait mode option

Verdict

Overall, the Philips 346B1C Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor is one of the most affordable ultra-wide monitors equipped with a USB-C docking station but with a lower price point. The USB-C connectivity with 90 watts of power delivery enhances the monitor’s practicality since you can dock your USB-C laptop without having the need to connect your laptop to any other power supply. Daily tasks such as working at home and watching your favorite netflix movies is a breeze with this ultra-wide monitor. 

Price And Availability

Philips 346B1C Curved UltraWide LCD Monitor with USB-C has an SRP of ₱24,990.00. It is available at the Philips Monitor’s Official Store on Shopee any Philips partner store branches nationwide.

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