Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 review

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Despite the amazing pixel response times, you still get a large amount of blur at 60Hz due to the sample-and-hold nature of the OLED screen. Don’t expect miracles just because it’s got fast response times. There are major and obvious benefits in motion clarity as you increase to 175 Hz high refresh rate mode, though, and this is strongly encouraged for gaming wherever possible.



Gaming experience


A large 34” screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio makes a great impression. The OLED screen’s contrast, brightness, and short response times are excellent.
The full performance requires a DisplayPort connection for the maximum 175Hz refresh rate. An HDMI connection will only get you to 100Hz. If you’re playing on a console rather than a PC, this won’t matter to you, as you need an HDMI 2.1 port to reach higher frame rates on consoles.


The pixel response will satisfy the most demanding gamers. The moving image is just as sharp as the static one - no ghosting or, afterimages or artifacts are visible. That’s great! As a result, the image in games is incredibly responsive and smooth. OLED delivers deep blacks, artifact-free uniformity, and a response time that eliminates ghosting. We played CS2, Fortnite, Forza Horizon 5, etc., and the size wasn’t a problem, like in 42” monitors. The OLED panel provides super-deep blacks and an infinite contrast ratio, which is excellent for gaming, too. It helps ensure great shadow detail and true blacks. However, as with other OLED panels, you may find optimal appearance in a darkened room. Philips has gone for a glossy coating, making all the difference. The wide viewing angles of this technology are excellent and make the screen suitable for viewing from many different positions if you need to. These wide viewing angles importantly include the freedom from things like the pale/white “IPS glow” you get on darker content on that common LCD technology. There’s none of that here on the OLED panel. Furthermore, with a pixel density of 109.68 PPI, these are not visible from a meter away, providing excellent image definition. 


The reviewed model stands out in the market thanks to the Ambiglow lighting, which offers added value compared to other backlighting. The fact that all connection cables are included is also a positive thing. The power delivery function of 90 watts is also sufficient for most notebooks.  Audio quality is good due to the dual 5W DTS-certified speakers. Serious PC gamers will use headsets for a more immersive experience, but the built-in audio of the Evnia 34M2C8600 works very well. Watching videos or listening to music through the speakers provides a nice experience. Audio clarity and volume levels are fine. There isn’t a ton of bass, but they play loud without audible distortion. 

Office Experience

The WQHD definition combined with a large 34-inch display area means no need to zoom in on windows or texts. Sharpness is average, which is partly Microsoft’s fault. The UWQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution is an expanded WQHD (2560 x 1440), so the pixel density is identical to that of 27-inch monitors with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, Windows 11 has not yet been adapted to the pixel layout of OLED and QD-OLED panels. Because of this, the fonts are slightly bland, and their outlines have a green-purple border, which may irritate those working with text or programming code.
On that note, the Samsung OLED panel’s triangular rather than striped subpixel structure is also slightly suboptimal for rendering fonts. Productivity is entirely natural with the 34M2C8600. The panel curve is okay because it neither enhances nor detracts from document editing. There is no image distortion in text-based apps like Word or Excel. Photos and videos look the same as they do on a flat screen. Except, of course, there’s that OLED contrast. The colors are stunning. The Evnia 34M2C8600 sensationally covers the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 standards, and Delta E 2000 errors are low. White is nearly perfect (6400K), so calibration is unnecessary. However, with a colorimeter, color reproduction can still be improved. The infinite contrast is also beautiful if you look at the screen at night. Supporting 1.07 billion colors and ultra wide-color technology, this gaming monitor is also perfect for creatives who edit photos in addition to video content. The color management on the Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 monitor completely covers the sRGB spectrum, and thanks to the excellent 97.8% AdobeRGB and 99.3% DCI-P3 coverage, it should allow this gaming monitor in professional graphics. The brightness levels are more than good for use in any environment. 

HDR Experience


OLED devices are ideal for HDR playback. The same goes for the Philips Evnia 34M2C8600. Combining deep black and the impressive maximum brightness of around 1000 cd/m² (APL 3%) ensures that incredibly bright images appear plastic and a real 3D effect occurs. HDR playback is excellent and fun. The luminosity in QD-OLED is higher than that of the OLED competitors and easily outperforms LCD monitors.


When watching videos on the main video streaming platforms, films, and TV series, all the strengths emerge that only (QD-)OLEDs can provide by recreating absolute blacks with much higher contrast than other panels. Even higher brightness is not necessary and can even worsen the vision of this splendid monitor, which, given the technology of its panel, is free of annoying effects such as ghosting (ghost effect which replicates a part of the image shifted in position and overlapping), bleeding (annoying effect where you see areas of light in the corners of the display when viewing low-light images) or clouding (when the backlight is not homogeneous and you see them as a sort of bright clouds). 

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