Philips 27E1N1300AE 27″ 100Hz Monitor Review


The display is nice, especially for this price range, and with 250 nits brightness and a half-decent IPS panel, it looks pretty good right out of the box. The contrast looks good, and the colours are bright and vibrant, with maybe a little too much brightness on the blues, but that’s pretty common on monitors of this type.

Full HD is more than enough for daily work and a bit of light gaming, and readability is good thanks to the 27″ panel giving you plenty of workspace.

Even side by side, I didn’t need to tinker with the scaling to make things readable, but three windows side by side would be pushing it too far.

For media consumption, I find 27″ to be a nice sweet spot, the pixel density is decent for Full HD, but for any panel larger than this I’d at least want to move up to a 2560×1440 panel at the very least.

Colour reproduction looks good, with good white and black levels. The 250-nit brightness is plenty for working during the day, but the monitor can be dimmed right down for evening viewing without straining your eyes.

Only in the most extreme cases was there any clouding from the backlight, with black borders here and very bright main content, and even then it’s only really noticeable when I use my camera to take a slightly longer exposure.

In real-world testing, the backlight does a great job and black levels are maintained with good contrast even with brighter content on the screen (see the cat in the middle for example).

The refresh rate is a welcome boost too, Windows defaults to 60Hz when I set up the display, which handles motion pretty much as you would expect.

However, this monitor supports 100Hz and as you can see, there’s significantly less overlay of frames in the 100 fps shot vs the two comparisons below it, it’s much smoother!

I wouldn’t say it’s the most colour-accurate model from Philips, but for a bit of casual photo editing, it’s not so bad, but again, given the price range, this monitor is hardly targeted at professional editors.

Now, let’s get it on the Spyder Calibration Tool and look at how those colours hold up!

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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