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Philips 27M1N5500ZA 170Hz WQHD Nano IPS model

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High refresh rate 27″ WQHD models hit the sweet spot for many when it comes to price and all-round performance. The not-so-memorably named Philips 27M1N5500ZA of the Momentum 5000 series offers this in IPS flavour. The monitor has a claw-like stand base design with dark silver-coloured finish, contrasting with a dark grey plastic bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer part. 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.

A gripping stand base

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD of 1440p) Nano IPS panel is employed, with support for a 170Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync also features, allowing AMD FreeSync and potentially ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ to be used. A 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC is supported. Other aspects to note include a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour. The monitor includes a factory calibrated sRGB emulation setting with a specified DeltaE <2. A SmartUniformity mode is also included, alongside a Uniformity Compensation (UC) setting to even out brightness across the screen. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and ~98% DCI-P3 (133% sRGB, 93% Adobe RGB) colour gamut. The monitor responds to HDR10 content, allowing it to put its quite generous colour gamut and 10-bit colour processing to work. It falls short of even the lowest VESA DisplayHDR level, though, so luminance is limited by HDR standards and no local dimming is specified.

The monitor includes ‘Low Blue Mode’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings, to promote a more relaxing viewing experience. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (approach with caution), alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the included strobe backlight mode. ‘Low Input Lag’ is also mentioned as a feature. The included stand attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution to be used. The incldued stand is fully adjustable, including height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches) and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 DP 1.4 ports, a 3.5mm audio output, 4 USB 3.2 ports (2 plus upstream). 2 of these USB ports are coloured yellow and support BC 1.2 fast charging. 2 x 5W speakers are included, too.

The rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is due February 2022 (price TBC), with no confirmed US availability currently.

Philips 27M1N5500ZA