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Philips 279M1RV 144Hz IPS with HDMI 2.1 and DisplayHDR 600

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The combination of high refresh rate and high resolution is very endearing, with renewed interest due to the increased graphical capabilities of modern PCs and games consoles. The Philips 279M1RV combines a high refresh rate with ‘4K’ UHD resolution, with additional attractive features added to the mix. Including HDMI 2.1 capability, allowing ‘4K’ UHD @120Hz to be used on games consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This member of the company’s Momentum series includes a long inverted T-shaped stand base, finished in dark silver-coloured brushed plastic. The monitor includes dual-stage bezels which include a slender panel border and slim hard plastic outer component. With the panel border being particularly slender at the top and sides. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

The front

A 27″ LG Display Nano IPS panel is employed with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync and HDMI 2.1 VRR is supported, allowing Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ or AMD FreeSync to be used with a VRR range of 48 – 144Hz (plus LFC). A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles. 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour is supported, whilst the monitor includes a factory calibrated sRGB setting with a specified DeltaE <2. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 450 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (600 cd/m²+ peak HDR luminance) and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor responds to HDR10 content with VESA DisplayHDR 600 support, allowing it to put 10-bit colour, its fairly generous gamut and brightness to good use. Local dimming is also employed, with an edge-lit 16 zone arrangement used.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual should be approached with caution. ‘Low Input Lag’ is also mentioned. The screen includes Ambiglow RGB LED lighting strips beneath the bottom bezel as well as at the rear at the top and sides. This casts light onto the desk and lights up the wall behind the screen for extra ambience, whilst giving a boost to perceived contrast in some conditions. The included stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism, with 100 x 100mm VESA holes beneath it. The stand includes tilt, swivel and height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches). The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’) 3 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode), 4 USB 3.2 ports (2 with fast charging – plus upstream port) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 5W DTS speakers are included for potentially fairly rich sound output, whilst 2-device PbP is supported.

Ambiglow lighting

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~£720, with no confirmed US availability currently.

Philips 279M1RV