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

    Yes, it's a relatively common capability using Displayport's Multi Stream Transport mechanism.
  • Alistair - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    If you're not using a fast panel, fine, no 144hz. But every monitor should be 90hz or higher. Period. Disgusting.
  • Zingam - Friday, August 14, 2020 - link

    Puts "Gaming" after the branding and overprices it - still crap.
    Puts "Professional" on a low end specs and overprices it - still crap
    It is nearly 2021: how about USB 4, 10bit HDR, 1ms response time, 120Hz, VRR, HDMI 2.1, 100W charging, factory calibrated. All the little things that make the difference.

  • PixyMisa - Saturday, August 15, 2020 - link

    Nobody has USB 4 yet.
  • Zingam - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    To have it, you have to buy it first.
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, August 15, 2020 - link

    HDR is not really something seek after, its not a game changer at all for a purchase.
  • Drazick - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    Give us 3000 x 2000 in 32" IPS Screen.
    The 3:2 ratio is the best for content creation (See Microsoft Surface).
  • morello159 - Monday, August 17, 2020 - link

    Not sure 4k is worth the price over a Dell U2719DC, which has similar features otherwise.

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