- Display Size: 27-inches
- Resolution: 1920x1080
- Connectivity: 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, MHL, 1x DVI
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Viewing Angle: 178º (H)/178º (V)
- Dimensions: 616 x 468 x 179mm
- Weight: 4.33kg
- PLS Panel
27-Inches Of Goodness
PCs are starting to become the de facto option for watching movies in a home environment. With the rapid growth of sizes for monitors, they are beginning to replace TV’s in a home, due to their lower prices, but still being able to achieve great image and video quality. Plane to Line Switching technology (PLS) and In-plane Switching (IPS) technology has done leaps and bounds for the monitor industry, with increased image quality and improved viewing angles.
For the home user, Philips sent us their Philips 276E7QDSW (276E for short) so that we could put it to the test. The 276E is part of their E-line of monitors designed for the home environment providing the best experience possible with their monitors. The monitor uses a PLS panel providing a 178/178 degree wide viewing angle so regardless of what angle you’re watching from; you’ll have crisp images with vivid colours.
The 276E comes with a simple white border, and the power switch acts as four-way navigation switch for the menu. Ditching all the different buttons, this allows the consumer to use a single knob to control all the menus and functions of the monitor. This is a great idea in our opinion as it simplifies the navigation process and doesn’t require you to fish around the back or side for the right buttons. The bezel is noticeably thin and suitable for use when placed side-by-side with other monitors.
Performance-wise the monitor does well in viewing angles, colours reproduction and brightness. Text is crisp and clear when working on text documents, but we did notice that the screen has an anti-glare coating. The monitor has a response time of 14ms (GtG) and a SmartResponse of 5ms (GtG), good enough for the casual gamer and movie buff. But if you’re looking for lower response times, you’re going have to sacrifice viewing angles and image quality by getting a monitor that uses a TN panel.
The 276E is easy on the eyes, and we haven’t felt any strain on our eyes throughout our review period. We believe that Philips’ Flicker-Free technology plays a big role in our lack of eye-fatigue. One thing we noted was when viewing from a 45-degree angle, it does get darker on the edges of the monitor but this could be due to the anti-glare coating. It’s competitively priced against other IPS monitors of the same price but doesn’t lack in image quality and overall design.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A great monitor to have, sporting a simple design that could easily fit into the modern home, and a no nonsense take on adjusting monitor settings makes the Philip 276E7QDSW a great buy.
(previously published in issue March 2016)