Review monitor: Philips 329P9H: good concept, moderate elaboration

Computer monitors come in all shapes and sizes. This Philips 329P9H belongs to the more expensive models, but you also get a lot for it in exchange. I figured out exactly how much.

f you’re looking for a screen as an average computer user, you’re probably not looking in the price range of this Philips 329P9H that is sold for just under a thousand euros. The screen offers a lot of functionality in exchange for that price. The monitor should certainly not be inferior in terms of image quality and size, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

More than a monitor

The Philips 329P9H is much more than just a screen. We see on the back of the device the numerous connections (2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt, 1 x Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.1, one of which for fast charging, and an audio port). If you are wondering what you should do with all those connections, here is the answer: the screen can serve as a docking station for certain laptops with USB-C ports such as the new MacBooks or the Asus ZenBooks. All you have to do is plug the USB-C cable into your laptop to get started. You can connect your mouse and keyboard to the USB ports in the screen and your laptop is also immediately charged by the USB-C port (wattage of 65W).

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I regularly take my laptop home with the editors, whereby I usually have to disconnect a lot of cables (charger, keyboard, screen), but that is not necessary for this way. I just left the USB-C cable that came with the screen, so that I could be reinstalled in a few seconds the next morning to start the workday. A small downside is that the included USB-C cable is rather on the short side, so you do not have a lot of freedom when placing your laptop.

The pop-up webcam is then another unnecessary perk. It does support Windows Hello but does not offer enormous added value since all laptops already have a webcam. The pop-up part also only works if you connect a laptop with a USB-C cable and it is precisely those laptops that often already have an infrared camera with Windows Hello. The pop-up camera itself also didn’t feel very strong. You can also have it slide in and out of the screen yourself, but you have to push it down so hard that the entire screen is pushed down.

But still a monitor

In addition to the handy docking station, we are still dealing with a monitor. Regarding image quality, we get the best of the best with the 4K UHD quality (3840 x 2160 pixels) that will ensure detailed images and beautiful colors at all times. The screen is also adjustable in height, has a rotating base, can be tilted forwards or backwards and can even be rotated 90 ° so that you get an elongated screen. The unique PowerSensor also ensures that the screen immediately goes into sleep mode when you leave your desk and switches the screen on again if you sit back in front of the sensor in time. The sensor also works very quickly and intuitively. The screen goes dark within half a minute and if you sit in front of it again you can immediately resume your work.

The light sensor for the automatic brightness usually worked well, although there were also moments when the automatic brightness caused the screen to flicker. Finally, there is a pleasant blue light filter and a MultiView function that allows you to work with multiple devices at the same time. For example, you can connect your desktop at home to the screen, but also your laptop if you want to continue working on it. A major disadvantage, however, is the clumsy operation of all settings with the physical buttons at the rear right of the screen. It is often difficult to see which button belongs to which setting, which means that I myself have clicked on a wrong setting. In my opinion, however, those institutions are not very extensive. For example, you can adjust the color temperature, but as far as color reproduction is concerned, that is all you can adjust. What are handy are the two different user profiles. This way you can easily switch between two settings profiles, which is useful if several people use the screen or you want different settings for certain tasks. Moreover, these settings are stored on the screen itself.

Finally, I want to talk briefly about the built-in speakers. They are downright disappointing. The sound is not very loud, of particularly poor quality and is extremely bad with bass tones. If you connect a laptop to the screen, it’s best to let the sound go through the speakers of the laptop. In the case of a desktop, as usual, a separate set of speakers is recommended.

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