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Philips Evnia 27M2N8500 360Hz QHD QD-OLED with HDMI 2.1

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OLED monitors with high refresh rates are attractive for gaming, including for competitive play. The Philips Evnia 27M2N8500 is built with this in mind, featuring a 360Hz QD-OLED panel. The monitor features the usual ‘clean’ and bright design associated with many models in the series, with marble-effect white and light grey stand base and silver-coloured plastic bottom bezel. Dual-stage bezels are used at the top and sides, with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer part. As usual for QD-OLED models there’s an overprovisioning of pixels (‘active area’) between the image and panel border, used for the ‘pixel orbiting’ image retention mitigation measure. 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 usual 'clean' design

A 27″ Samsung Display QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel is used with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 360Hz refresh rate. VRR support is provided via Adaptive-Sync plus HDMI 2.1 VRR. This provides VRR support for a range of systems such as PCs, the Xbox Series X and PS5. Technologies such as AMD FreeSync and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ can be used, with 48 – 360Hz VRR range plus LFC. The usual QD-OLED glossy anti-reflective screen surface is adopted, whilst a 1.5m:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and true 10-bit colour are specified. The monitor is factory calibrated with specified DeltaE <2 within the sRGB colour space (using appropriate emulation mode). The screen is ‘flicker-free’ with 250 d/m² (1000 cd/m² HDR peak, 3% window) typical maximum luminance and 98.5% DCI-P3 (147.5% sRGB) colour gamut. The monitor includes VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification, with some HDR settings including fairly strong brightness peaks. This allows for a dynamic HDR10 experience, with the monitor able to put its generous gamut to good use alongside per-pixel illumination and 10-bit colour.

A 0.03ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual you should pay little attention to – though OLED technology is known for its exceptional pixel responsiveness. ‘Low Input Lag’ is also specified. The rear of the screen includes ‘Ambiglow’ LEDs towards the top and side edges, with an additional vertical strip down the middle. This is a relatively powerful RGB LED lighting solution, which can be used as a bias light and can react to what’s being displayed on the screen or sound being played. The stand attaches centrally with 100 x 100mm VESA support via an included adaptor – the stand provides tilt, swivel and 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), a 3.5mm audio output and a USB-B upstream port. 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports are located outside the main port area, at the bottom of the screen towards the left side (when viewed from the front) for easy access. 2 x 5W speakers are included for potentially quite rich sound output. 2-device PiP/PbP is supported.

'Ambiglow' RGB LED lighting included

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s US website. Details on price and availability still to come.

Philips Evnia 27M2N8500