First introduced back at IFA 2018, Philips has started to sell their latest 49-inch ultra-wide display, the Philips Brilliance 499P9H. Utilizing a 32:9 aspect ratio panel with a 5120 x 1440 resolution and a curve to match, Philips' latest monitor is aimed primarily at business users, looking to overwhelm with both its sheer size and the inclusion of buisness-friendly features such as a pop-up webcam, USB Type-C docking, a KVM switch, and a GbE controller.

The Philips Brilliance 499P9H is based on a curved VA panel featuring a 5120 × 1440 resolution, and typical for VA panels of this generation, features a 450 nits maximum brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms response time, 178º/178º vertical/horizontal viewing angles, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. And though it's just an 8-bit monitor, it does support a wider than usual color gamut, covering 121% of the sRGB or 91% of the Adobe RGB color spaces, and Philips ships the monitor factory-calibrated to a Delta E < 2 accuracy. Surprisingly, despite its business pedigree, the monitor also supports AMD’s FreeSync/VESA’s Adaptive-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology and is DisplayHDR 400-certified as well.


Like many other 49-inch monitors with the same 5120 × 1440 resolution, the Brilliance 499P9H was designed for people who need to replace two 27-inch QHD LCDs, so it supports a number of features aimed primarily at corporate, office, and professional users.

The list of features includes a pop-up Windows Hello-compatible 2 MP webcam with a microphone, which will be appreciated by business and enterprise users who need a biometric authentication. Another important feature is a built-in KVM switch for those who use two PCs with one monitor. The monitor also has a GbE port, which is important for corporate users. All told, for display connectivity Philips' monitor includes a DisplayPort 1.4 input, two HDMI 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a headphone output, and a sole USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen 2) port for docking purposes. In a docking configuration the USB-C port the monitor can supply 65 W (via USB Power Delivery) to charge most laptops, while also incorporating a USB 3.1 Gen 2 data connection to drive its integrated peripherals.

Like other large displays, the 499P9H naturally supports picture-by-picture (PBP) mode, as these types of large displays are usually used with multiple PCs at once. And last but not least, the monitor is equipped with a stand that can adjust height, swivel, and tilt.

The Philips Brilliance 499P9H
  The Brilliance 499P9H
Panel 49" VA
Native Resolution 5120 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms
Brightness 450 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1800R
Aspect Ratio 32:9 (3.56:1)
Color Gamut sRGB: 121%
AdobeRGB: 121%
NTSC: 103%
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync/VESA Adaptive-Sync
Pixel Pitch 0.234 mm²
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (w/ 65 W PD)
2 × HDMI 2.0
with HDCP 2.2
Audio 2 × 5 W speakers
3.5-mm audio jack
Webcam 2 MP Full-HD IR webcam with microphone
USB Hub 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 upstream port
Stand Height adjustment: 130 mm
Swivel: -/+ 20 degree
Tilt: -5~10 degree
Power Standby: 0.3 W
Typical: 45 W
Power Delivery through USB-C: 65 W
MSRP Europe: €1,099
UK: £989
US: $1,100 (?)

As for pricing, Philips is launching the 499P9H at £989 in the U.K. and at €1,099 in mainland Europe (VAT included). Taxes excluded, this would put the cost of the display in the US at around $1,100, which is rather aggressively priced versus competing 49-inch monitors; though still more expensive than just buying two mainstream 27-inch VA QHD LCDs.

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Source: Philips

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  • Death666Angel - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    No, TN still is and IPS is still cheaper than VA in most categories.
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, February 9, 2019 - link

    Nope VA is the cheapest now. IPS still the most expensive one.
  • sidesw1pe - Friday, February 1, 2019 - link

    "inclusion of buisness-friendly features"
  • Notmyusualid - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link


    But I see no availability in Asia just yet.

    The KVM feature will help me no end.

    Shame its 60Hz, but I've been dealing with that for years, and the world still turns...
  • jabber - Saturday, February 2, 2019 - link

    Waiting for the "Harrrumph....doesn't do full vertical tilt!" moan.
  • Lord of the Bored - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - link

    I'm mad it can't rotate into a vertical orientation.
  • erple2 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - link

    I dunno. $1100 for 2x $550 27" monitors isn't that bad. Probably worth it for work. Think of how many vim windows I couldn't close in it!

    Also, it would replace my 2x 27" 1440p monitors for work, too, so that is probably a good thing.
  • boe - Sunday, May 10, 2020 - link

    Any guess on why when both my OSX and Windows boxes are set up pbp, it cuts off the bottom half of each's screen and I get a letterbox effect as nearly half the screen top & bottom is black?

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