Modern monitors are equipped with huge resolutions have midget thick, super natural picture and a variety of “smart” functions. But their main feature is that they cost a fortune, and in fact, most of the “chip” is just a marketing ploy. What do those who need a monitor with wide screen and high-quality image, but who do not want to overpay for promotional bonuses. To the aid of these users come company Philips, released the 274E5. This 27-inch monitor with an interesting design, thin frame and good AH-IPS matrix, providing high-quality image.
With all these advantages, the price of a product starts from 9500 rubles. Immediately should stipulate that there are several versions of this model, characterized by the presence of ports, built-in speakers and a few other features and options. It got us to the test most “fancy” version of Philips 274E5QHAW/00. Let’s look at the pros and cons of this creation of engineering.
Design and equipment
The product comes in a white, nondescript cardboard box with a photo of the product. Inside you can find the monitor itself, stand under it, the external power supply to the power cable, the order dated analog cable D-Sub, quick start guide and a CD with drivers and additional software. Frankly, supplied a little upset: no DVI-, or HDMI-, or even a simple audio cable.
Two of the monitor are brought together for a couple of seconds with a special screw on the bottom surface of the platform without the use of additional tools. Through the use of W-LED backlight and handed down the power supply failed to make the panel is quite thin, but for the sake of design extends slightly closer to the bottom. Its thickness is ranging from 15 to 46 mm. Monitor weight: 5.10 kg and 4.88 kg stand without, and overall dimensions are 667x546x106 mm.
Housing material – plastic. Most of the rear surface is made with a brushed metal texture, there is the usual matte plastic, and some elements are made of glossy plastic. Fortunately, on a white surface scratches and fingerprints are almost invisible, but the monitor in black excellent collects them. Stand, fits perfectly into the overall concept and has a disk-like shape with a circular texture grinding, “play” in the light. Housing and pedestal connects glossy slim leg with the ability to rotate in the attachment to the monitor in the vertical plane. Possible angles ranging from -5 to +20 degrees. Bottom of the stand attached four rubber feet designed for sustained engagement with the support surface that good do their job.
All the connectors are located in the thickest part of the rear of the monitor, there is a hole for attaching to the wall. At the bottom, left and right, there are two horizontal slots located in them with speakers and special lock hole Kensington.
The front panel is covered with clear plastic, which is located directly under the screen with a narrow (about 9 mm) framework. Bottom – designer strip of plastic with logo “Philips”. Right on the bottom edge of the monitor has 4 keys and power button. Use them to admit is not very convenient: constantly confused as to who is responsible for what.
Build done qualitatively, clearances between the parts are missing. Monitor pretty confident standing on a table, and if not to put her hands to him, it does not wobble from side to side. Online available white and black models.
The most important part of the monitor – its screen, which is a 27-inch 16:9 panel, Full HD resolution and a matte finish. Dot Pitch 0.311 mm both vertically and horizontally. Type of matrix TFT AH-IPS c W-LED backlight. The screen is not touch-enabled. Color gamut of 91% complies with sRGB. Expectedly high viewing angles and up to 178 degrees, and the image is almost does not change color and does not lose contrast at angled.
Reserve brightness (312 nit) enough to work in a very bright room, as well as provided on the screen when the sun’s rays fall. The lower limit is 71 yarns, making it possible to reduce the burden on the eyes with no external light source. Lights fairly uniform, overbrights was found. Static contrast ratio of 1000:1 and dynamic 20000000:1. In the settings laid three modes: “Standard”, “Internet” and “Games” defining values for brightness, contrast and color temperature. Frequency horizontal 30-83 kHz, vertical – 56-75 Hz, screen supports 16.7 million colors.
Function SmartImage Lite on your screen, and depending on the user selected circuit dynamically enhances the contrast, color saturation and sharpness of images and videos, as well as displaying text. Response rate of the matrix is very high: about 5 ms (gray to gray). Summarizing, we can safely say that for the money you are unlikely to find much better screen.
The Hardware and Connectors
In this model built-in stereo power 2×6 watts. Of course, rock or classical music to listen to them is not very comfortable, but to watch a movie or play some strategy would be enough, that will save on purchasing a separate set of speakers, of course, if you are not a music lover. However, all is strange that the speakers are located just behind, because in this case, the audio stream will be going in the opposite direction from the user.
Thanks to LED-backlight, the power consumption of the monitor is relatively small: at maximum brightness it is 31 Wh, and at a minimum of about 15 W * h Being a standby, the device consumes less than 0.5 W * h When working body slightly warm, but not stronger than the temperature of the human body.
From behind, the monitor outputs include 2 HDMI (via one of which can be connected mobile gadget), one D-Sub, audio input and headphone output, and a power connector. Saddens no additional connectors USB.
With the help of five physical keys, you can adjust the monitor to your taste and color. Our experimental left to right are three arrow keys, one to enter the menu and another one – food. It is noteworthy that the latter did not differ from peers.
Pressing the left arrow key to launch mode selection menu, arrow down – allows you to select the input source (VGA, HDMI and MHL-HDMI), and the right arrow key – to change the volume. In the menu again, the first section is the choice of “Entry”. The second paragraph – “Image” where to configure several options are available: aspect ratio (widescreen or 4:3), brightness, contrast, avtoreagirovanie the displayed content, rotation pixels, OverScan, allows to stretch the picture beyond the display and smart contrast. The latter, incidentally, works horribly, arbitrarily increasing the brightness of the eyes to hurt. Next tab “Sound”, which can be set offline, or turn off the speakers at all. Below – “Color”, where permitted to determine the color temperature (6500K or 9300K), and adjust the quantitative predominance of each of the primary colors. In the “Language” menu there is English, and the “Menu Settings” customizable transparency of the window with the settings and appearance, and on the last tab with the straightforward title “Setting” can be reset to make the most of these settings.
The same goes with the monitor CD with drivers and software SmartControl Lite. Program overlaps with the functions available from the menu on the monitor and partially extend them. Thus, it can help to adjust brightness, contrast and change the format of the screen. Tab “Color” allows you to adjust RGB, Black Level, White Balance, select a profile and manually calibrate the curves. In the submenu “Settings” you can rotate the image, turn off the sound, assign source, split the screen into zones, then one click to mark again in the desired area of the specified window (useful when you have multiple monitors, and you can send the right program at the right place), and also run the wizard to configure.
Philips 274E5QHAW/00 – monitor with an excellent price-quality ratio. We have a large, high-quality AH-IPS matrix with W-LED backlight and proprietary technologies that give great together, for the mid-range, the image quality. In this case there are no advertising “chips” and few popular features like OverDrive. Thin frame, high-quality assembly and good materials, certainly encouraging, but the puzzling question: why the designers decided to thicken so the back cover, and what they do in the design of the monitor glossy inserts.
[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00CP0YWGQ” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-20″]Speakers relatively good, but for some reason they are directed in the opposite direction from the user side. Encouraged by the presence of function MHL, allowing to work with the mobile gadget through the monitor screen, but upset the lack of cable-management, extra USB ports and lean supply. However, most of the flaws fade due to the low price. For this price you will not find Monitor Samsung or LG with similar parameters, making Philips 274E5QHAW/00 one of the main leaders in its price segment. Good picture, large screen, built-in sound and nothing more.