Philips 277E6QDSD; An In-Depth Review

Mid-sized monitors (monitors measuring 21-inch to 24-inch) are staple in every workstation. However, most of us who work on a computer setting, work on multiple things at once. And multi-tasking on a mid-sized monitor can be difficult, as it can be tough to track all the tabs in browsers, windows of various programs, and things on taskbar. This is why we demand for either a single big monitor or place two monitors side-by-side for a dual monitor setup. Those with limited space opt for the former, and if you’re one of them, your first concern would be the expensive price of most large screen monitors. If this is your case, then Philips 277E6QDSD is good news for you, as it’s a reasonably priced. Know more about this monitor in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking to leap to the big screen, but don’t want to shell out huge amount of cash, then Philips 277E6QDSD should be on your list. It’s a reasonably-priced display with competitive features and functions; good gray-scale performance, viewing angle and input lag, which are all the essential features we look for an all-around monitor. It’s a budget monitor for people looking to expand their viewing/working area.



Crisp Details and Vivid Colors in Extra Wide Viewing Angles for Stunning Visual Experience

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The IPS-APS panel of Philips 277E6QDSD offers brilliant visuals throughout 178°/178° viewing angle. Compared to the standard TN panels, the IPS-APS panel is able to keep the crisp images and vivid colors throughout its wide viewing angle, making this display an ideal solution not only for all-around everyday use, watching movies and surfing the web, but also for professional applications that demand excellent accuracy and consistent brightness at all times.


Respectable Color Accuracy Gray-Scale Performance

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The Philips 277E6QDSD makes accurate colors, which is quite impressive for its price range. Chromaticity test shows colors red, blue are right within the line of the ideal CIE coordinates. Green is a little off the mark, which is quite common in affordable monitors, but doesn’t really cause significant problem in colors’ saturation and tinting.

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Gray-scale performance is also solid, this monitor scores decent scores in DisplayMate 64-Step Gray-Scale test, showing shades of black to be evenly gradated. Of course, it doesn’t have the granulation of a high-end IPS panel like the LG ColorPrime 2EA83-D.


Decent Gaming Capabilities

Though it is not categorized as a gaming monitor, the Philips 277E6QDSD runs big title games in decent performance. It scores 5 milliseconds (gray-to-gray) pixel response, which means mostly artifact-free gaming experience. Games like Grand Theft Auto V and Crysis 3 run smoothly in Xbox 360 and PC respectively.

Also, it has 9.6 millisecond input lag (the time it takes for the display to react the command you enter on the controller, measured through Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag Tester), which is second only to BenQ XL2430T, a dedicated gaming monitor.


With TrueVision Technology for Consistent Color and Picture Quality

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Philips 277E6QDSD comes equipped with TrueVision technology, an advanced algorithm technology used for testing and aligning monitor displays, giving users the ultimate display performance that is four times more rigorous than Windows sRGB requirements. Philips is one of the few brands out there than ensures their monitors leaves their factory fine-tuned for consistent and picture quality.


Low Energy Consumption, But Without Energy-Saving Capability

When it comes to its power consumption, the Philips 277E6QDSD consumes 25 watts at Standard mode. This is slightly more efficient than its closest competition BenQ GL2760H, which runs at 32 watts. However, this Philips model doesn’t come with Energy Saving modes, while BenQ’s product comes with one that pulls consumption down to a whopping 13 watts.



Design and Features

The Philips 277E6QDSD sports a glossy, Black Cherry finish cabinet. The finish is so dark that it could pass for black under certain light conditions. The panel is coated with a non-reflective coating, with 0.75-inch thing bezels for an elegant slim design to complement any office or home office décor. The 11.2 lbs. cabinet is supported by a stable round base.


Buttons and Controls

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The modern touch controls of this monitor complements nicely to the overall design of cabinet. The bottom bezel houses the four function buttons, along with a Power Switch. All are touch-sensitive buttons, but it requires you to look hard to see where these buttons are, as they don’t come with labels and are nearly impossible to identify without using a flashlight.

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The touch controls responds to the lightest touch, which gives the monitor quire a modern feel. However, once you figure out how buttons work and which button does what, it can be really easy to access the Menu system. The Menu includes Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature and Gamma control, along with special picture modes exclusive in Philips for optimized viewing performance.


With SmartImage, SmartContrast and Economy Modes to Provide You The Best Viewing Performance

The touch sensitive controls give access to the different modes, which are a set of unique features from Philips. One example is the SmartImage Lite works by analyzing content being shown on screen. Based on scenario you choose, this features improves color saturation, contrast and sharpness of images and videos for the best display performance, in real time and with one press of a button.

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SmartContrast on the other hand, adjusts the scree’s color and backlight intensity to improve contrast for the best viewing experience in games and videos, very beneficial for dark hues that are common in games. 

Economy mode on the other hand adjusts the contrast and backlight intensity, to provide better display for work and office applications and lower power consumption.


Strong and Solid Stand Support, But without the Adjustability

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The cabinet is supported by a round base, which feels solid and stable, which allows 28° tilt (5° forward and 23° backward). However, it doesn’t provide any other ergonomic adjustments, such as height, swivel and pivot, which are staple in most monitors today. Also, it doesn’t come with VESA mounting capabilities, which is probably the biggest ergonomic issue of this product.


Connectivity Options

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The rear side of the cabinet comes with a finned design and houses the monitor’s outward-facing input/output ports, including DVI, VGA, and HDMI video inputs, along with an audio output. There are no USB ports and DisplayPort inputs in this product, but the HDMI ports can double as MHL (Mobile High-Definition) ports to connect and charge MHL-compatible mobile devise.


Tech Specs

Package includes a VGA cable, a quick start guide, a user guide, resource CD that contains the model’s drivers, the brand’s SmartControl utility, that lets you adjust the monitor’s picture settings through your mouse and keyboard.


Bottom Line

Despite a couple of limitations, there is no denying that the Philips 277E6QDSD is truly a very capable 27-inch monitor that can take on the rigors of daily use and after-hours workloads, all without slicing a huge chunk from your bank account. It is equipped with a couple really good qualities and some convenient features unique in Philips.

The IPS panel of this monitor is able to deliver rich, accurate and solid gray-scale reproduction, which looks really uniform in almost all angles. But as with the case of many budget monitors out there, it is short of the many basic features you can expect from newer models right now. It doesn’t have USB ports, speakers, or ergonomic stand to complete your workstation. Nevertheless, it’s an affordable upgrade that anyone can have for almost all types of daily computing tasks.

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