Philips launches Evnia, a new gaming monitor and accessories lineup (Now Available)
Why Philips launched Evnia, and what's coming first
Note: This article was first published on 25th October 2022 when the series was launched, but it's re-published now as they are finally available in Singapore. Local prices and purchase links are now updated in this story.
Gaming products need to reflect current appetites and reinvent how gamers are represented.
That representation, from Philips' perspective, comes with Mini-LED, OLED, Quantum-Dot OLED monitors, Cherry MX mechanical keyboards, and 20,000 DPI gaming mice, all designed to include every type of gamer on our globe.
While the brand is well-established in home appliances, Philips has decided that gamers could use better-looking, better-specced, and better-designed video gaming tools. To that end, Philips (with its monitor manufacturing arm TPV Technology Limited) launched Evnia – a new gaming brand that primarily offers gaming monitors and accessories – on 20 October 2022 in Stade de France, Paris. After a long wait, and resolving supply issues, Evnia is now more readily available in Singapore.
Besides having a unique design to appeal to gamers from all walks of life, Evnia monitors also come with command-and-control software, letting users intuitively adjust their monitor’s settings.
Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV - A 165Hz mini-LED monitor
Philips selectively launched one monitor to lead the charge. The Philips Evnia 34M2C7600MV is a curved 34-inch mini-LED monitor with QHD (3,440 x 1,440 pixels) resolution, VESA's DisplayHDR 1400 certification, 165Hz refresh rate, “ultra-low input lag”, and Adaptive-Sync compatibility.
The monitor itself comes with USB-C ports, as well as KVM support (which is a boon to use multiple systems with a single set of input/output devices) and height-adjustable stand for better flexibility and gaming comfort. Other features include Ambiglow, the Evnia’s aesthetic RGB lighting that emits from the back of the monitor to bounce off walls and create additional gaming ambience. Ambiglow is basically Ambilight tech that you would be familiar with on Philips TVs, but it's now scaled down in complexity for use with their monitors.
It started retail in December 2022 at €2,069 (~S$2,907.93); local availability and price to be advised.
If a 165Hz mini-LED monitor for gaming isn’t for you, the next few will certainly pique your interest with OLED, QD OLED, and VA panel options.
Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 - An OLED screen designed for consoles
The Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 is a part of Evnia’s flagship 8000 series. It’s a flat 42-inch OLED gaming monitor with 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution, 138Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support, and 0.1ms grey-to-grey response time.
As Evnia’s culmination of inclusive yet diverse gaming, it offers a variety of display ports (HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-C with 90W PD), its signature Ambiglow RGB lights, and DTS X 2.0 surround sound support on its built-in speakers.
From our demo experience, the Evnia 42M2N8900 is highly suitable for console gaming given its generous display size, its oddly-specific refresh rate (which takes advantage of 4K60FPS or 4K120FPS console gaming), and all-around low input lag.
Philips Evnia 42M2N8900 began retail globally in mid-January 2023 at €1,959 (~S$2,753.33). Locally, it has a suggested retail price of S$2,699, but it's now going for just S$2,399.
Philips Evnia 34M2C8600 - A curved QD-OLED screen for immersive gameplay
Another impressive-looking monitor in the flagship 8000 series is the Philips Evnia 34M2C8600. It’s a curved 34-inch Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) monitor rated at WQHD (3,440 x 1,440 pixels) resolution with 165Hz refresh rate.
It supports VESA's HDR400 TrueBlack specifications, has 0.1ms grey-to-grey response times, and all the bells and whistles to complete the Evnia’s USPs (Ambiglow RGB, built-in speakers with DTS X 2.0 surround sound, low input lag). The ports on the device are HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-C 90W PD.
The curvature, panel choice, and size make the Evnia 34M2C8600 an ideal companion for RPG titles that emphasise game immersion, story, and roleplay.
Evnia 34M2C8600 began retail globally in mid-January 2023 at €1,849 (~S$2,598.72). Locally, the Evnia 34M2C8600 has a suggested retail price of S$2,399, but it is now going for just S$1,899.
Philips Evnia 27M2C5500W - A capable 27-inch with a palatable price tag
Need a monitor that can keep up with your tracking and headshots? The Philips Evnia 27M2C5500W gaming monitor comes from the midrange 5000 series lineup, but don’t let the cheaper price tag fool you.
It packs a 1000R-curved 27-inch VA panel rated at QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution with 240Hz refresh rate and supports both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4.
You can also find four USB Hubs, support for VESA DisplayHDR400, and a swivel-adjustable neck among the host of features it has.
Noticeably lacking is the Ambiglow RGB aesthetic, but it’s also no secret that this monitor isn’t for looks. First-person shooter (FPS) players will like its performance for taking down names, and the 27M2C5500W is the scribe that makes your hitscans and projectiles strike true.
Philips Evnia 27M2C5500W began retail globally in mid-January 2023 at €1,579 (~S$2,219.25). Locally, it is pegged at S$899, but is now going for just S$759.
We've seen what their leading gaming monitors look like; head over to the next page to learn more about the Evnia brand and the extended ecosystem showcased at their global launch.