Philips announced the availability of its new 27-inch 279X6QJNS monitor, a curved 1920x1080 LCD display that sports AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
|LCD Panel Type||Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) LED|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz|
|Response Time||14 ms (GTG)|
|Smart Response Time||4 ms (GTG)|
|Pixel Pitch||0.3114 x 0.3114 mm|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees|
|Display Colors||16.7 million|
|Connectivity||VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI|
|Weight (With Stand)||12.28 lbs|
Philips made interesting engineering choices with the 279XQJNS, most notably the 1920x1080 resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate. The response time is also more in line with what you would see from IPS panels, but the Philips 279X6QJNS features a multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA) LED LCD display. The price tag and the addition of FreeSync technology screams "gaming monitor," but it's hard to categorize this display as such with its middle-of-the-road refresh rate, resolution and response time.
Enthusiast-level hardware doesn’t seem to be a wise pairing for this display; most high-end graphics cards can easily handle a constant 60 fps with all the visual goodies turned on at 1080p. The Philips 279X6QJNS appears to be best suited for mid-range AMD gamers who will see the most visual fidelity gains when using the onboard FreeSync technology with a reasonably-priced AMD GPU that fetches between 35-50 fps in their favorite games.
Gaming acumen aside, the 279X6QJNS features several proprietary technologies that offer an improved viewing experience, such as Philips Flicker-free technology, which regulates the LED-backlit screen’s brightness to reduce flicker and eye fatigue. The SmartImage presets also optimize the monitor based on your application use, and an EasySelect menu toggle key under the bottom edge of the monitor allows you to make quick changes to your display settings with an on-screen menu. In addition, it sports a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), which can connect compatible smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to the display.
The Philips 279X6QJNS is available now at Amazon for $349.