This week MMD and Phillips have unveiled its latest display in their ever-growing product range, the Phillips 279C9. A 27-inch monitor aimed squarely at content creators and professionals, the 279C9 is based around a 3840 x 2160 60 Hz IPS display and includes features such as a five-port USB hub (including a USB Type-C port), as well as DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Digging into the monitor's specifications, as is typical with most content-focused monitors in this range, Phillips' 279C9 has clearly been tuned for its target market. The 3840x2160, 16:9 aspect ratio panel is a very straightforward choice, with MMD tapping an IPS panel for viewing angles and color stability. As this isn't a gaming-focused display, the monitor tops out at a 60Hz refresh rate, though there is official support for VESA Adaptive Sync to offer variable refresh support and the monitor carries AMD's FreeSync branding.

Otherwise the 279C9 has a typical static contrast ratio of 1300:1, with "Mega Infinity DCR" smart contrast technology. Meanwhile the monitor is DisplayHDR 400 certified, meaning it can offer 400 nits maximum brightness in HDR mode, and Phillips lists 400 nits as the average brightness as well. The display is framed by a fairly skinny bezel with a 596.74 x 335.66 mm (H x V) viewing area, and the screen itself is coated with an anti-glare 3H coating. 

Meanwhile there is an interesting array of input and output options, including a USB Type-C input, which along with DP alt mode input allows for fast data transfer and official charging support for devices such as laptops. This is joined by dual HDMI 2.0 inputs, as well as a single DisplayPort 1.4 output. As for downstream connectivity, it also includes four USB 3.2 Type-A ports, and while Phillips doesn't distinguish between the use of USB 3.2 G2 or G1 connectivity, it is likely the latter. Two of the Type-A ports also feature USB fast charging support. Finally, the monitor includes is a pair of 2 W speakers.

Phillips 279C9 27" Monitor Specifications
Panel 27" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms (grey to grey)
Contrast 1300:1 (Mega Infinity DCR)
Backlight Type W-LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° Horizontal/Vertical
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut NTSC 90.7%
sRGB 109%
DisplayHDR Tier DisplayHDR 400
Inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x USB Type-C (video/data) - 65 W charging
4 x USB Type-A
1 x 3.55 mm headphone out
Audio Dual 2 W Speakers
MSRP (GBP) £449

In terms of availability, Phillips plans to launch the 27" 279C9 4K display at the end of August, with an MSRP of £449. At present, Phillips hasn't announced its US pricing or availability outside of the UK market.

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  • edzieba - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    If nobody wants or needs HDR, then why not take nonsensical labels like "DisplayHDR 400" (which in 100% of situations means "SDR, but pretends to accept HDR") off the monitor and just sell it as a decent SDR monitor? The presence of lies in the specsheet is absolutely a reason to lambast a monitor. Back when EDTVs were sold as 'HD capable' they were rightly lambasted as not being HD, regardless of whether or not they could accept a HD input, it would only ever be displayed as 852x480, regardless of whether they were decent as EDTVs, because they attempted to lie as a selling point.
  • Great_Scott - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Who owns the Philips brand name now, anyways? I know it's been passed around a lot.
  • Great_Scott - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Yay no edits! Apparently, Philips is a low-end (medium-end?) brand for Lucky Goldstar nowadays.
  • Great_Scott - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Edited Edit: is the ODM.
  • imaheadcase - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Sigh another 27inch monitor with 4k..why bother.
  • Omar Daal - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    I guess you probably don't actually want an answer, but.. because it is really nice to look at? Especially for drawings / Cad / Linework. I am an architect with 2 27 inch 4K monitors on my desk. Not sure I need MORE dpi, but I definitely won't go back to any less.
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, August 15, 2020 - link

    Because 27 inch is WAY to small of a monitor for the screen size. Pretty much universally known. Most people are waiting out for good spec 32+inch ones.
  • Spunjji - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    "Pretty much universally known"
    By whom? It's a tedious opinion shared by people who have an allergy to scaling settings and/or more desk space than sense.

    I'd far rather have the higher density on a display that will *actually fit on my desk*. At 150% scaling you get the same real-estate as a 27" 2.5K display but with far better text rendering. Win/win.
  • Omar Daal - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    Yes, and even if you scale all the windows + text UI and don't care about the increased sharpness there, line drawings still benefit from the increased DPI
  • jamesindevon - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Wait: DisplayPort 1.4 output? As in, you can daisy-chain another monitor?

    Add a cheap USB Ethernet adaptor, if required, and it's got an integrated docking station with minimal wires (given the lack of success of wireless docking).

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