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For those who work online a lot or using multiple windows, multiple monitors are certainly not a luxury. When you work with a laptop, as many IT professionals do, it’s usually a matter of working with the laptop’s screen and an extra 27-inch screen. Although we are fine with this, we sometimes look at those beautiful wide screens with envy. After all, this gives us a nice new perspective in our daily work, while we can also follow things like YouTube and cryptocurrency. We reviewed the Philips Brilliance 499P9H 5K HDR 32:9 SuperWide Curved LCD monitor, which fits into this picture.

With this monitor, you get a lot, at first sight. Size matters, and the retail price is actually not that bad: 8.30 euros per centimeter. With 120 centimetres, the Philips Brilliance 499P9H costs 996 euros. We are quite excited about that.

Look and feel

Our UltraWide Philips experience starts with the man-sized retail packaging. A packaging that we, in order to save our backs, but as a precaution we lift it with two persons. Opening the packaging is a rather special experience. It first has to be placed upside down and then – entirely in line with the instructions – pull the entire contents out of the box by means of the sharp transparent plastic straps. Because the Philips Brilliance 499P9H is a wide, heavy and especially vulnerable monitor, we decide to follow the instructions to the letter. After we subjected the packaging material, our palms and our backs to a slightly destructive workout, it turned out that there was no need for this at all. For the next time, we know that cutting through the plastic straps and simply lifting the top half of the package out of the box will be enough to peel out the monitor.

The monitor itself looks very good. The design matches the previously tested Brilliance 241B9H monitor. The base is made entirely of metal and is well suited to the weight and overhang of the monitor. Unfortunately, we do notice that the foot (new from the box) has minor damage. Although it does not detract from the operation of the monitor, we find that this is actually not possible with a monitor of almost 1,000 euros. The base can be attached to the monitor with four supplied screws. To tighten the screws, quite a bit of downward force is needed. During the application of force, the screw shot loose several times from under the screwdriver. After about five minutes of tinkering, the monitor was ready for use.

The monitor stand is nice and heavy