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Philips 329P9H 31.5 inch IPS 4K model with pop-up webcam

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It’s no secret that we’re a fan of the 31.5” screen size when combined with the 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution. The Philips 329P9H of the Brilliance lineup offers a feature-packed screen of this size and resolution. The monitor has slender bezels on all 4 sides (‘4 side borderless’), with a dual-stage bezel design. This means that a hard outer bezel component is included, plus a slim panel border around the image itself. This panel border appears to blend in seamlessly when the monitor is switched off. Another key feature at the front is the pop-up webcam at the top, in the centre. This camera is manually pushed down when not in use, giving some peace of mind to users who worry about an invasion of their privacy through unauthorised remote access of the camera. It then pops up when it is needed, including when logging into Windows using “Windows Hello” facial recognition. The little unit handing underneath the monitor, with the Philips logo on it, includes a few sensors. There’s a “people sensor” that can be set to reduce monitor brightness significantly if nobody is sitting in front of the screen. And there’s a ‘LightSensor’ which can adjust the screen brightness according to ambient lighting. The OSD (On Screen Display) on this model is controlled by pressable buttons at the rear of the monitor, running vertically near the bottom right corner (as viewed from the front).

Slim bezels and a pop-up webcam

The monitor uses a 31.5” IPS-type (In Plane Switching or similar) panel with a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, 1300:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. A medium (or ‘relatively light’, depending on how you choose to classify it) matte anti-glare screen surface is employed for good glare handling. A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed covering the sRGB cover space and a bit beyond (108% sRGB, 87% Adobe RGB) and yielding a typical maximum luminance of 350 cd/m². The monitor supports 10-bit colour and includes a factory calibration with a specified average DeltaE of <2. A ‘LowBlue Mode’ LBL (Low Blue Light) setting is included as well as an alternative ‘EasyRead’ mode. These are designed to promote more relaxing viewing, with the LBL setting being particularly useful in the evening where blue light exposure should be minimised. A ‘SmartUniformity’ mode is also included, aiming to improve the brightness uniformity of the screen at the expense of contrast (97-102% targeted). A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified.

The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including; tilt, height, swivel and pivot (90° rotation into portrait, either direction). The included stand can be easily removed using a quick-release button and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports are down-firing and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2, USB-C 3.1, an RJ-45 port, 4 USB 3.0 ports (1 with BC 1.2 fast-charging), DP 1.2 out (for MST daisy chaining) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 3W speakers are also included for basic sound output. Note that the USB Type-C port is Gen 2 and includes 65W power delivery and DP alt mode.


The rear view

Further information is available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available for ~$800 in the US and other regions.

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Philips 329P9H