THE BIGGEST ULTRA-WIDE SCREEN SIZE DELIVERS INCREDIBLE DESKTOP SPACE
You’ve decided to go wide, so go all-out and opt for the widest possible display that gives you an insane amount of desktop space. That’s the reason anyone would choose the 498P9, a 49-inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio that really puts the ‘ultra’ in ultrawide. It will utterly dominate a room, and is so big we’d certainly recommend planning carefully before purchase.
It weighs 15kg so requires a large, strong desk, and you need to be sitting the right distance from it – but perhaps most importantly, you need to get ready for a total change in how you work. With so much screen in front of your eyes you really do gain the ability to have a lot more visible information at any one time – four applications at maximum height looks perfectly normal, and at a pinch, you can squeeze in six.
Given how much screen you’re getting here, the 498P9 is also great value at £999 RRP, and we’ve seen it for sale online for even less.
VA panel technology has helped Philips attain this value, and as with all VA panels, you get better contrast but slightly worse viewing angles than IPS screens, which is exacerbated on a 49-inch display. From a 45-degree angle a black image appeared almost dark blue.
But when viewed head on, VA gives you pretty much the same general visual experience as IPS, and isn’t the deal breaker it sounds like.
Other aspects of the 498P9 are highly polished too. There’s a KVM with inputs for two PCS, which works really well here, given the resolution and screen size really is just like two 1440p displays side by side. The speakers are better than some displays and the construction feels good. Impressively, even though this is a big screen, the stand still lets you tilt and rotate it.
Brightness levels are excellent. We measured over 475 nits with our colorimeter along with contrast of 1,000:1. Accuracy was good too – 100% SRGB and 86% Adobe RGB isn’t bad, although falls short of IPS panels.
The market for extra-large ultra-wide screens is indeed quite small and there aren’t many alternatives to choose from. There are 49-inch options from Samsung and LG (not reviewed here) but that’s about it. Compared with them, the Philips 498P9 still holds up well.
With plenty of display inputs, good colour accuracy, excellent value and a nice design, the question of whether to invest in the 498P9 again depends on your desire for this form factor.