Philips 349X7FJEW Review – Mid-Range Excellence

The Philips 349X7FJEW is a 34-inch ultrawide monster with an intensely sharp 1800R curve. Compared to the more common 3,000R curve you see on many displays, this screen is clearly intended for a viewership of one, ideally sitting within 18 or 24 inches of the display.  While there’s a lot of “standard” figures about this model, like the brightness and response time of 4 ms, there are several stand-out points. 

One worthy note is the intensely deep dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000:1. Another worth note is the 1440p (3440×1440) resolution, which is the sweet-spot for picking ultrawide monitor resolutions currently. 1440p serves as a noticeable bump above 4K without entering into the extreme price increases or the visual diminishing returns of adding more and more pixels. What you end up with is a fully immersive experience ideal for watching films, working, and playing games. You’ll also get FreeSync for smooth playback without motion blue, tearing, stuttering, both in videos and in games. 

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The backside neatly houses all the wiring in accessible positions, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.0.

The ultra-narrow bezel is one step closer to a completely bezel-free display that we’re all waiting for. The design is slick, professional, and stylish. But more importantly, the base is incredibly stable. You can shake your desk, even push against the top of the panel, you’ll find it remains steady and stable. 

The “low blue” mode might seem puzzling at first, but blue light disproportionately tires out the eyes quicker than other colors of the spectrum. That’s why many modern displays, like this one, utilize a low-blue mode for people who have to spend extended hours staring at a display and find their eyes are fatigued for it. 

Drawbacks

The on-board speakers are nothing to write-home about, as they’re only 5 watts. That means, like most monitor speakers, they sound similar to a cellphone playing at the bottom of a well. This is mostly forgivable, considering few people really care about on-board speakers. 

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Specifications

  • 34-inch display
  • Color gamut NTSC 99.8%, sRGB 117.3%
  • Effective viewing area 797.22 (H) x 222.72 (V) – at a 1800 R curvature*
  • Pixel Density: 109.68 PPI
  • Response time: 4 ms (gray to gray)
  • Brightness 300  cd/m²
  • Contrast ratio 3,000:1
  • SmartContrast 50,000,000 :1
  • Pixel pitch 0.232 x 0.232 mm
  • Viewing angle 178º (H) / 178º (V)
  • Flicker-free
  • Display colors 16.7 M
  • Scanning Frequency 58 – 148 kHz (H) / 40 – 100 Hz (V)

Conclusion

The base is ergonomically designed to be extremely height-adjustable, which is as feature that’s not common to many ultra wide monitors. While this display touts many “gaming” features like FreeSync, this panel is only above-average for gaming. While standard refresh rate and response time won’t concern anyone besides pro-gamers, it’s worth mentioning that they’re standard for this price range. All-in-all, the Philips 349X7FJEW is a great pick for a general use ultrawide monitor.