This is not the first time we have tested a monitor with a built-in webcam. However, it was Philips Brilliance 272P7V that was and remains in the top of similar displays. Why? Image quality – the main parameter that you should pay attention to when choosing a monitor – is at its best here. Therefore, contrary to tradition, today we will start by testing the picture.
We didn’t have any questions about the color gamut – it coincides 99% with the sRGB palette and 81% with AdobeRGB. Everything suggests that we have a professional monitor that is suitable for working with color and graphics. The values of brightness and contrast almost completely coincide with the declared figures.
The spread of brightness over the screen area does not exceed 11% – the image is uniform, we did not notice the Glow effect. We could not find fault with the gamma setting – we got a reference value of 2.2.
I was also impressed by the realism of the color rendering: the device recorded only 9 exits beyond 0 out of 48 possible. Most of them fit into DeltaE = 1, and only one exit exceeds two units.
No matter how we deviated from direct viewing, the image remained bright and contrasting, we did not notice any distortions – everything speaks of wide viewing angles. The response time is approaching 18 ms – a bit too much for professional gaming, but playing at an amateur level is quite comfortable.
|Screen diagonal||27 inch|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels at 60 Hz maximum frequency|
|Response time||5ms (GtG)|
|Brightness||350 cd / m2|
|Viewing angles||178 ° horizontal, 178 ° vertical|
|Technology||LowBlue Mode, Flicker-Free, PowerSensor, built-in webcam and microphone|
|Video inputs||D-Sub,DisplayPort 1.2,mini DisplayPort 1.2,HDMI 2.0 (with MHL support)|
|Video output||DisplayPort 1.2 out|
|Additional connectors||Three USB 3.0 ports (one of them with support for fast charging)|
|Loudspeakers||2 x 2 W|
|Possibilities of transformation of the stand||Height – 150 mm, tilt to / from yourself – 5 ° / 30 °, turn left and right at an angle of 175 °, pivot|
|Energy consumption||31.9W (working)|
|Dimensions||614 x 548 – 372 x 257 mm|
Note the presence of the DisplayPort connector: it can be used to cascade two monitors – designers will appreciate it. The display supports technologies that prevent eye fatigue during extended use. LowBlue Mode reduces harmful shortwave blue radiation, while Flicker Free reduces backlight flicker.
Design and construction
The laconic and austere design of the Brilliance 272P7V perfectly matches its purpose – this is how a business monitor should look like. Several textures are combined in the plastic case. The back panel is matte, the screen bezel is glossy. In the lower part of the front panel there is an insert for brushed aluminum with the manufacturer’s logo – this is the only decorative element. When turned off, the narrow bezels around the screen are barely visible. Under the manufacturer’s logo there is a PowerSensor window that reacts to the presence of the user and puts the monitor into sleep mode when no one is at the computer. The manufacturer claims that this technology can save up to 80% of electricity. In the settings, you can change the sensitivity of the sensor or turn it off altogether.
To attach the panel to the stand, you do not need a screwdriver: for this, there are metal legs that fit into the corresponding grooves of the case and a mechanical lock. Removing the stand is simple – just press a button and lift the panel. The round stand leg is truncated at the front for easy placement of the keyboard in front of the monitor.
The stand not only fixes the display on the table, but also allows you to adjust its height, tilt forward / backward, turn right / left and switch from landscape to portrait mode – for comfortable reading and working with bulky documents.
The telescopic webcam slides out and back in with a single push. The camera has a status LED and a miniature built-in microphone.
The interface connectors are distributed over two blocks. The main one is located on the rear panel and includes D-Sub, HDMI, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort and AUX inputs. The second block, located on the left side, contains three USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one Type-B port. The location is good: it is convenient to connect external drives, flash drives, smartphones and peripherals to the ports.
Menu and acoustics
The menu is no different from the menu of most Philips monitors: it is a table with parameters in the left column and their variable values in the right. Separate items are provided for PowerSensor, LightSensor and LowBlue technologies. In the menu you can adjust the brightness, contrast, sharpness, gamma. Mechanical buttons are provided for control: the first button on the left changes SmartImage settings, the second activates Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture modes, the third switches sound sources.
The built-in speakers reproduce sound that is quite decent for a monitor acoustics – loud and clear. The speakers are located at the bottom of the case – as close to the user as possible. The top and middle are well-designed – no external speakers are needed to listen to background music and watch videos.
The Philips Brilliance 272P7V is a monitor with ultra-sharp, detailed images, and true-to-life color that designers and photographers will love. The built-in telescopic webcam with a microphone is convenient to use for communicating in Internet messengers and participating in online conferences. The display supports technologies that reduce eye strain during hours of use. There is a nice bonus – good built-in speakers: there is no need to connect additional acoustics to the computer.