IFA 2019: new Philips monitors for business, home use and console gamers


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Philips booth at IFA is always very large and occupies almost the entire pavilion. In 2019, this

the tradition has been preserved. Separately, it is worth highlighting the large exposition of monitors from MMD, which produces Philips monitors. We got acquainted with the news at the booth and talked to Artyom Khomenko, the product manager of MMD for Philips monitors in the EMEA region. Artyom kindly agreed to talk about the current line of company monitors, the main trends and directions that MMD will further develop. In general, the main trends are quite expected: the diagonals and resolution of monitors are growing. Demand for large 32-inch and larger models is increasing, as is interest in super-wide and curved models. Models 17, 19 and 21 inches gradually go down in history and remain virtually only in some specialized categories. FullHD resolution gradually gives way to WQHD 2560 × 1440. The cost of producing WQHD matrices is already very close to FullHD, and modern PCs are becoming more powerful. Accordingly, the point of producing FullHD is gradually disappearing.


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A vital part of the Philips monitor businessoccupies a B2B segment, but the company does not have a very familiar approach to it. Although in general, the concept of the B2B segment is very broad, especially in relation to monitors, and the boundaries between the “consumer” and B2B models are extremely blurred. The exception is, perhaps, only specialized monitors. For example, sensory models with moisture protection, which are focused on use in trading floors. Most manufacturers offer simple, inexpensive solutions that are practically no different from each other and offer nothing new. Philips prefers to offer users more interesting solutions with their unique features. At the stand, it was just possible to get acquainted with some new models.

Business models

The 27-inch 279C9 is extremely interestingminimalistic stylish design and minimal frames around the perimeter. It is equipped with a 27-inch 4K UHD IPS-matrix with Ultra-Wide color technology to increase image brightness. Of the useful bonuses - USB Type-C.


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24-inch Philips 241B1VB can come in handy ingovernment agencies or banks: its main feature is the side view restriction function to protect confidential information from prying eyes. The monitor is equipped with USB, VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI and an ambient light sensor.


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27-inch 272B7QUBHEB received an IPS-matrix withQHD resolution and a whole host of extremely useful features. It is equipped with a USB hub with USB Type-C and USB-A (DisplayLink). In the hub, you can connect all the necessary peripherals and, for example, a work laptop at the beginning of the day and get a full-fledged workplace. At the same time, the monitor supports Power Delivery, so it is not necessary to connect the laptop to an outlet. Of the additional useful things - a webcam with infrared sensors for Windows Hello, a light sensor and a presence sensor.


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The main and very important advantage27-inch 272B1G - its environmental friendliness. The packaging is completely made from recyclable materials, and the monitor itself is 85% made from recycled plastic. It is TCO Edge certified and does not contain mercury, halogens, flame retardants and PVC. In addition, the monitor uses PowerSensor, LightSensor, and Zero Power Switch sensors to minimize power consumption.


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Curved Monitors

There were already five new curved models at the standpieces, 346P1, 439P9H, 345B1C, 272E1CA and 328E1CA, for every taste and color. The 34-inch 346P1 with thin bezels around it is equipped with a webcam for Windows Hello and a USB hub with Type-C that supports Power Delivery to charge the laptop.


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The 439P9H ultra-wide monitor features the 43 wide.4-inch display with minimal frames and is designed to work with a lot of information, databases and tables. Also equipped with a USB-C docking station and Windows Hello webcam.


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Philips 345B1C equipped with a 34-inch curvedVA-matrix with a resolution of 3440 × 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21: 9. Adaptive-Sync frame rate synchronization is supported. There are energy-saving sensors PowerSensor and LightSensor.


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The 27-inch 272E1CA is equipped with a 75 Hz matrix, 328E1CA received a larger matrix, 31.5-inch, but with a frequency of 60 Hz. Both models support frame rate synchronization.


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Monitors for game consoles

One of the most interesting and, it seems to me, verypromising areas - a line of monitors Philips Momentum, which is designed for console gamers. The range of gaming monitors for PCs is huge, but there is no particular choice for consoles: TVs are usually used. They mainly use 60-Hz matrices, and input lag is usually very noticeable. Philips Momentum (despite its resemblance to TV) does not use the traditional “television” electronic cable, which is one of the reasons for the delays. According to the company, thanks to a number of improvements, the input lag of Momentum monitors is lower than that of the top TVs in this indicator. Plus, the rejection of the “superfluous” will make the cost lower than the TVs commensurate with the characteristics.


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Philips is well aware of the relatively soonthe next-generation consoles and Momentum will do just fine for them. The older 55-inch Philips Momentum 558M1RY received a 10-bit UltraClear 4K matrix with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification. The soundbar, which was developed by Bowers & Wilkins, is responsible for the sound. It was not possible to evaluate the sound at the exhibition for obvious reasons, but judging by the dimensions, the audio systems will be more than enough for games and films.


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The 32-inch Philips Momentum 328M1R is equipped with120-Hertz 4K sensor, HDR 600 certified, supports Adaptive-Sync and DTS sound. The younger 27-inch Philips Momentum 278M1R received a 60 Hz 4K matrix. All three models are equipped with Ambiglow - dynamic backlight that adjusts to the image on the screen. A peculiar analogue of Ambilight, only for monitors. I think Philips Momentum is suitable not only for games on the console. They may well be a replacement for the TV (especially the 55-inch model) if you do not watch live TV: streaming video services such as Netflix or Megogo are usually pre-installed on the consoles, plus you can connect some kind of TV box. They promise that all three models will be available in the first quarter of next year.


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Touch models for the corporate segment


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Philips 162B9T, 172B9T, 222B9T and 242B9T -touch monitors for the corporate segment with a diagonal of 15.6, 17.1, 21.5 and 23.8 inches, respectively. All of them are protected against dust and moisture according to the IP54 standard and support multi-touch up to 10 simultaneous clicks. Of the ports there are VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1.

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