Philips Brilliance 329P9H Display – Review

The old adage ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ doesn’t seem to hold for displays any more. These days, you can get a surprisingly decent screen for under £200, so why would you want to spend more on this premium monitor?

  • Philips N.V.
  • www.philips.co.uk
  • £750, $670, 820 €
  • Compatibility: HDMI, USB-C, DisplayPort

The answer is simple – its quality more than matches its price.

It’s a huge screen, measuring 31.5 inches corner to corner, and has a 16:9 aspect ratio. You can rotate the display into a portrait orientation if you’re working on a project that demands it, the vertical height adjustment available is substantial and you can swivel it through 360 degrees on its stand.

Around the back it has two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 and USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, with a four-port USB 3.1 hub (one supporting fast charging) and a DisplayPort-out. A gigabit Ethernet port lets you connect your display to your router, so if you connect a compatible notebook to the screen’s USB-C port, you get wired Internet as well as power and access to the onboard USB 3.1 ports. There’s a 2MP webcam atop the screen, which can be retracted when not in use, and you can even hide the Philips logo under the display for zero-distraction computing.

The 4K screen itself is beautifully clear. With 1.07 billion colours, it’s sure to render your photos and videos exactly as they were intended. Lighting is very consistent throughout, with no dark spots along the edges or in the corners. It’s great at reproducing text too, being clear and readable even at the smallest point sizes. Its 5ms pixel response isn’t ideal for gaming, but even there it holds its own without excelling.

Although relatively expensive for an external display, the Philips Brilliance 329P9H is worth the money. It’s an ideal display for home-office and design use.

Philips Brilliance 329P9H Display
  • Overall
5

Summary

A large, clear screen and excellent build features make this the display of champions.

+ Robust and sturdy
+ Great IPS screen
+ Clear and consistent
– Not ideal for gaming

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Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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