Philips this week announced a new ultra-wide display aimed at prosumers. The curved Brilliance 439P9H brings together a large 32:10 aspect ratio panel with USB Type-C docking capabilities, an integrated KVM switch, a wide color gamut, factory calibration, and more. And while the monitor is not aimed at color-critical workloads, many users who need accurate colors may actually consider it.

The Philips Brilliance 439P9H uses a curved VA panel featuring a 1.8-meter radius curvature, and a 3840x1200 resolution. Other characteristics of the LCD include a max brightness of 450 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178º/178º vertical/horizontal viewing angles, a 4 ms GtG contrast ratio, and up to a 100 Hz refresh rate. The display can reproduce 123% of the sRGB, 95% of the DCI-P3, 91% of the AdobeRGB, and 105% of the NTSC color spaces. Furthermore, it comes factory calibrated to a Delta<2 accuracy in case of the sRGB color gamut.

The Brilliance 439P9H has a rather interesting positioning. Being a P-line monitor, it is aimed at professionals and prosumers, which is why it has a built-in KVM switch to appeal to those who are going to use the display instead of two smaller LCDs with two PCs. It also offers a pop-up 2 MP webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, USB-C docking with up to 90 W power delivery, a GbE port, built-in speakers, and a USB 3.0 hub. On the other hand, VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification and Adaptive-Sync support will certainly please gamers. Given the intersection of features, Philips clearly wants to address a rather wide audience of prosumers with its 439P9H, yet not exactly professionals with color-critical workloads or demanding gamers with a need for an ultra-high refresh rate.

Given the nature of the Brilliance 439P9H, it is not surprising that Philips equipped it with a host of ports, including two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, one HDMI 2.0b port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (with DP Alt Mode and 90 W PD) inputs. Furthermore, it also has a quad-port USB 3.0 hub, a GbE port, and a headphone output.

One indisputable advantage of the Brilliance 439P9H is its stand that can adjust height, swivel, and tilt. Typically, ultra-large displays come with basic stands that can only regulate tilt, so the Brilliance 439P9H stands out of the crowd.

Philips 'SuperWide' 43" Display
  Brilliance 439P9H
Panel 43" VA
Native Resolution 3840 × 1200
Maximum Refresh Rate 100 Hz
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness up to 450 cd/m²
Contrast up to 3000:1
Backlighting W-LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1800R
Aspect Ratio 32:10 (3.2:1)
Color Gamut sRGB: 123%
DCI-P3: 95%
AdobeRGB: 91%
NTSC: 105%
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech Adaptive-Sync
Pixel Pitch 0.2715 mm²
Pixel Density 93 PPI
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0b
2 × USB-C (Upstream)
Audio 3.5 mm output
USB Hub 4 × USB 3.2 Type-A connectors
Ethernet 1 GbE port
Webcam 2 MP with IR sensors
Stand Height: 130 mm
Swivel: -/+ 20 degree
Tilt: -5~10 degree
MSRP £879/$950 (preliminary)

The monitor is being first released in the UK for £879. Which will likely translate into an MSRP of around $950 in the US.

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Source: Philips

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  • vanilla_gorilla - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Disappointing resolution. PPI at that size would not be great. You can get 34 and 38" monitors with higher resolution. This is basically a replacement for two 24" 1920x1200 displays side by side.
  • andrewaggb - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    I consider that a selling feature (a more or less drop in replacement for two 1920x1200 monitors) but you're not wrong about the PPI. My concern would be whether windows display halving/snapping works as well as dragging to separate monitors. In my experience so far it doesn't work as well but maybe I'd get used to it with a monitor like that.
  • RSAUser - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    Look at windows power tools, there's one for custom layouts that you can snap to, forgot the name right now.

    I'd be hesitant getting this monitor due to the ppi.
  • whisp3r - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    The name you're looking for PowerToys/FancyZones. Works like a charm, even in multi-monitor setups. Highly recommed it.
  • Valantar - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    34" and 38" monitors are generally 21:9, not 32:9, and thus can't be directly compared (normally 2560x1080, 3440x1440 or 3840x1600). Still, vertical resolution is a decent indicator, and at least this beats the more common "2x 1920x1080" 32:9 displays. I still miss the article actually talking about the physical size of the display, though - is this like two 24" displays? 27"? Less? More?
  • vladx - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Great display size for programming.
  • dullard - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    Great for programming because you like spending 75% of your time scrolling vertically?

    Add the few inches back to the top of the monitor and then it would be great.
  • dullard - Friday, November 22, 2019 - link

    And the corresponding extra pixels that we pay to get rid of in ultrawide monitors.
  • godrilla - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    The Samsung 49 inch super ultrawide 1440p 1000 nit 120 hz va panel display selling for $1199 at microcenter FYI.
  • Kevin G - Thursday, November 21, 2019 - link

    Closer to the 3840 x 1440 resolution I'd like to perfectly mirror a weird 8:3 aspect ratio projection system. That was originally design for two 4:3 projectors side by side. The era of 4:3 displays has been dead for more than a decade now but the whole ultra wide trend is close to bringing that back times two.

    The venue is currently using a single 3840 x 2160 unit but with some EDID and digital cropping magic to enforce the 'correct' 3840 x 1440 resolution for the screen. As weird as that is, it was an easier and cheaper solution than replacing the custom screen setup. To mirror the projection content, LG 38UC99-W and tis 3840 x 1600 resolutions displays are used with 80 pixels of letter boxing top and bottom.

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