Philips has introduced its new 346B1C ultrawide curved monitor, which is designed for business and professional users looking for a large display offering USB Type-C docking. The Philips 346B1 is one of the industry’s first productivity-focused curved displays that features a 21:9 aspect ratio, as well as a 100 Hz maximum refresh rate, a built-in Gigabit Ethernet, and even VESA Adaptive Sync (i.e. Freesync).

The Philips 346B1C is powered by a 34-inch VA panel with a 3440×1440 resolution, 300 nits brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms GtG response time, a 100 Hz maximum refresh rate, and 178°/178° viewing angles. While the LCD was designed primarily with productivity applications in mind and can display 16.7 million colors, it does cover 119% of the sRGB, 90% of the Adobe RGB, as well as 100% of the NTSC color spaces. Furthermore, the monitor is factory calibrated with a Delta <2 accuracy for the sRGB gamut.

One of the main selling features of the Philips 346B1C is its connectivity. The monitor has one DisplayPort 1.2 input, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one USB 3.2 Type-C input. The latters supports up to 90 W Power Delivery, making it suitable for powering even higher-end 15-inch notebooks. In addition, the monitor offers a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, a quad-port USB 3.2 hub, and a headphone output. Last but not least, the display has an integrated KVM switch that enables to control two PCs using one display, one mouse, and one keyboard. One thing to note is that when the LCD uses a USB-C connection, it can only support 3440×1440 @ 100 Hz when the upstream USB connection feeding the USB hub is set to 2.0, presumably as the full bandwidth mode requires all 4 high-speed lanes from the USB-C connection.

Traditionally for productivity monitors, the Philips 346B1C comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel. Furthermore, it has VESA mount holes.

Philips's Curved Display with USB-C Dock & KVM
Panel 34" VA
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Maximum Refresh Rate 100 Hz
Response Time 5 ms GtG
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm
Pixel Density 110 ppi
Anti-Glare Coating Anti-Glare, 2H, Haze 25%
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 ×USB Type-C (with up to 90W PD)
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0 hub
Stand Height: +/- ? mm
Tilt: -? to +?°
Swivel: 180°
Audio headphone output
GbE integrated
KVM integrated
Launch Price UK: £539

The Philips 346B1C will be available next month. In the UK, the product will cost £539, so expect MSRP in the USA at a sub-$600 level.

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Source: Philips

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  • FreckledTrout - Friday, October 18, 2019 - link

    Can the KVM be switched via hot keys like Scroll Lock + Scroll Lock + enter?
  • GreenReaper - Friday, October 18, 2019 - link

    I don't think so, although that'd be a good idea. There's a manual and SmartControl install here, but the latter seems to be more related to rotation and timings and suchlike:

    The manual suggests that the KVM auto-switches with the selected source - if using DisplayPort or HDMI as the source, it will link the peripherals to the "USB UP" B-A connector; if using USB-C for display it will attach them to the device linked by USB-C. You can override this via the OSD (p. 12).
  • ulflun - Sunday, December 1, 2019 - link

    Does it include a USB-C cable in the package?
  • ulflun - Sunday, December 1, 2019 - link

    Does it include a USB-C to USB-C cable with 20Gb (?) and 100W PD capability?
  • Sea Shadow - Saturday, January 4, 2020 - link

    I got a pair of these for Christmas. They are beautiful. And yes they come with a marked USB c cable, though the monitor only supports up to 90w of USB PD.

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