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Philips 345B1C Review – Ultra Wide 34-Inch, 100Hz Refresh Rate Display

If you’re looking for an excellent monitor to upgrade to this 2020 year, then you may want to check out the Philips 346B1C display.

The Philips 346B1C is an ultra-wide monitor, which gives you more than enough screen real estate to have multiple projects and windows open.

Plus, with a 100Hz refresh rate, you can get some decent gaming done, and also have the performance needed to get other creative projects done.

And with an aesthetically pleasing build, the Philips 346B1C sure does pack a punch.

So before investing in this display, let’s check out its design, performance, and its features.

Specifications

  • Display: 34-Inch
  • Resolution: 3440×1440 Ultra-Wide QHD
  • Refresh Rate: 100Hz
  • Response Time: 5ms GtG
  • Panel Type: VA
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 300cd/m^2
  • VESA Mount Compatible: None
  • Built-In Speakers: Yes, 2x 2-Watt speakers
  • I/O Connectivity: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 x2, USB-C x1, USB 3.0 x4, 1 x Headphone Jack
  • Weight: 13-lbs

Display Design

The design of the Philips 345B1C is exquisite and has an aesthetically impressive overall look.

The display is 34-inches and will give more than enough screen real estate for you to fully immerse themselves into their multimedia moments. Thanks to its 1500r ultra-wide curvature design, you’ll be able to have more windows and projects opened at the same time.

The overall frame is made up of matte black color and is built up of high-quality material, which makes the overall monitor sturdy.

Also, the screen is made up of a matte surface, and shouldn’t produce any glares when near or directed at sunlight.

Also, the stand has a strong foundation, thanks to its square-based shape, the Philips 345B1C won’t wobble or move when slightly nudged.

And the stand is ergonomic by design because the display will be able to tilt, swivel, and adjust in height. The stand also comes equipped with cable management and will give you a cleaner setup.

However, if you’re not fully satisfied with the stock stand, there’s no option of opting in for a VESA mount because the display doesn’t have any holes in them.

The OSD buttons are located at the bottom of the display, consisting of all buttons. Unfortunately, there’s no joystick present, which would be excellent due to its navigational conveniences.

However, the buttons were quick and responsive and shouldn’t present any issues when pressed.

The connectivity is located on the side of the panel and consists of one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, one USB-C 3.2, three USB 3.0, and one headphone jack.

The USB C port is pretty powerful thanks to its 90-watt power, and can also serve as a charging station for your extra electronics such as your mobile devices or laptops, which is fantastic.

And thanks to its built-in KVM switch, you’ll be able to connect two different desktops. If you also have an extra laptop, you can plug that as well into the Philips 345B1C monitor, and this is very useful if you’re going from one desktop and machine to another. And you won’t have to invest in an HDMI switch.

Performance and Features

The Philips 345B1C is a 34-inch, VA panel with a resolution of 3440×1440, with a refresh rate of 100Hz running with a response time of 5ms (GtG), which is pretty decent for gaming.

The display has a contrast level of 3000:1 with a brightness level of 300cd/m^2, which gives you a plethora of contrasts that they can see from.

Also, color reproduction is outstanding with a 119% sRGB, 90% Adobe RGB; you’ll be able to experience the accurate, lifelike colors. This is great if your a creative and producer; you’ll be able to work with details and finish projects with accuracy.

With a contrast ratio of 16:9 and a 1800R curvature, you’ll be able to be immersed within your gaming and multimedia experience quickly.

The Philips 345B1C is a VA panel, so when viewing the display from different angles, you’ll start to see the images fade and the colors disappearing.

The display also has FreeSync and is G-Sync certified as well, which can support a resolution of 3440×1440 at 100Hz. And with FreeSync on, gameplay and graphics run smoothly without ghosting nor screen tearing.

The display also has an overdrive feature as well that you can use to max up the refresh rate. But once it’s on, you may experience some motion artifacts but not significantly.

Also, thanks to the displays eye comfort feature known as TUV, you won’t have your eyes fatigued if you’re working or using the monitor for long hours.

Pros

  • Runs in 4K resolution
  • Crisp, accurate and lifelike colors
  • Contrast and brightness are bright
  • Thin bezel design for more immersion
  • Ultra-wide display

Cons

  • Only has 100Hz refresh rate

Conclusion

Overall the Philips 345B1C monitor will serve well if you’re a business and casual user. With a widescreen curvature, you will be able to have a lot of extra screen real estate.

If you’re a casual gamer, then yes, the Philips 345B1C will be sufficient enough to game current titles. However, if you’re a serious gamer, you’ll need to check out some of the more faster monitors such as the 144Hz or the 240Hz as well.

But overall the Philips 345B1C has superb image quality.

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