The Best Computer Monitor for 2021

    The business-oriented Philips Brilliance 279P1 monitor resembles the Editors’ Choice Brilliance 272P7VUBNB that we tested in 2020, but with some differences. The 279P1 isn’t quite as good (in terms of sheer brightness) as this model in our testing, but it’s still brighter than the vast majority of performance monitors we’ve reviewed. On the other hand, the 279P1 has a much better sRGB color space than the 272P7VUBNB, adds a second HDMI port, doubles the number of USB 3.2 ports (to four), and includes a pair of built-in speakers. All of these marks on the positive side of the ledger make the 279P1 an easy choice as our latest Editors’ Choice for Performance Monitors.

    The heart of the Brilliance 279P1 is its 27-inch In-Plane Switch (IPS) panel, which supports UHD resolution, also known as 4K (3840 by 2160 pixels), at a 16: 9 widescreen aspect ratio. Other 27-inch monitors typically have lower native resolution – either QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) or even Full HD, also known as 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels), as in the Philips 272E1CA curved frameless monitor. The 279P1 UHD panel delivers a very high pixel density – 163 pixels per inch (PPI) compared to lower-resolution 27-inch or larger 4K displays. All things being equal, the higher the pixel density (how tightly the pixels are packed together), the sharper the image.

    As is typical of IPS panels, the 279P1’s screen has wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees both vertically and horizontally, which means colors should stay reasonably true – no bias or posterization – even when you’re looking at the screen. at a very steep angle. side or top.

    The 279P1 measures 21.1 by 24.1 by 8.1 inches (HWD) with the stand extended to its full height and weighs 16.2 lbs. The screen has narrow bezels on the sides and top, making it a good choice for a variety of monitors. The black cabinet that houses the panel connects to a shaft with a hole at the bottom through which cables can be passed. The shaft ends with a circular turntable mounted in a rectangular base that allows the panel to be rotated.

    Philips calls the 279P1 the SmartErgoBase, and indeed it boasts a full array of ergonomic features, even slightly surpassing comparable monitors. You can adjust the height of the stand up to 5.9 inches, an unusually wide range of 4 inches is more typical. You can tilt the top of the monitor up to 5 degrees towards you and up to 35 degrees away from you. (Some monitors support tilt adjustments greater than 25 degrees.) You can rotate the panel 180 degrees in any direction (so it faces away from you), and you can rotate it from landscape to portrait in any direction.

    If you prefer to mount the 279P1 on a wall or on a flexible arm, the monitor has four holes 100mm apart for a VESA mount bracket.

    You navigate the 279P1 On-Screen Display (OSD) system using the row of control buttons on the right side of the bottom panel. As for the buttons, they are not particularly difficult to manipulate, but they are not as comfortable as the small monitor joystick controller on the Dell UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub (U2421E).

    A USB Hub and Ethernet Too

    The 279P1 has a rich selection of ports, including DisplayPort 1.4 and USB Type-C, which supports USB power delivery up to 65W, allowing you to charge or charge your laptop with a compatible USB-C port, and transfer video provided your the laptop supports DisplayPort Alt Mode over USB-C. (Most recent laptops have USB-C ports, but you’ll want to check it out.

    There are also four USB 3.2 downstream ports for connecting to peripherals; one supports a fast charging phone or tablet. Two USB ports located on the side for easy access; all other ports on the back are facing down. The downward-facing rear ports are generally difficult to access, but with the swivel stand, you can grab the side of the monitor and rotate the case upward to portrait mode, revealing hidden ports.

    The 279P1 also has an RJ-45 connector that supports Gigabit Ethernet. The Ethernet connector is primarily intended to provide an internet connection for a laptop connected to one of the monitor’s USB-C ports, especially in environments with poor or no Wi-Fi since many modern laptops do not have their own Ethernet ports. The 279P1 supports Wake on LAN (WoL), which allows you to remotely wake up a connected computer from a low power state. WoL can enable remote IT staff to perform software updates and other management tasks over the network after the end of the working day.

    There is also an audio output for headphones or powered external speakers. The 279P1 has a pair of built-in 3-watt speakers. Although they are loud enough, the sound quality is mediocre, so you probably won’t want to raise them. However, most business monitors don’t have speakers at all.

    Philips backs the 279P1 with the usual generous four-year warranty.

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