Philips 276C8 

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This is a 27inch flat panel that is for normal home or office use, it is not sold as a gaming panel so the refresh rate can be a little slower. However it is also a panel with USB ā€˜Cā€™ as a connection method so its bang up to date.

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The Philips 276C8 measures 61x35.5x.8cm. Its stand is 18x18cm and this raises the screen by 8.5cm from whatever it rests upon, however cables attach to the rear of the stand so another 4cm is required to insert or remove them. The viewable screen is 59x33cm. The unit displays up to 2560x1440 which is Quad HD a lot more than standard 1920x1080. The notional diagonal imperial measurement is 27inches.

The Refresh rate is 75HZ. The weight with stand is 4.26kilos.

Like the majority of recent panels this claims 178 degree viewing angle, it is also flicker free and anti-glare.

It is also Red Dot winner.

All the units controls are via a nipple on the back right corner of the stand. The front right corner on the top of the stand has a small LED which lights when power is going to the panel.

As always I try to improve on the ‘Auto’ settings via the five position nipple on the rear of the stand. As usual I fail but any adjustment is harder than with the more normal five buttons.

Unusually for such a thin unit the sound from the internal speakers is good and has more volume than with most panels, you will not need external speakers with this unit.

The .5cm bezel on the sides and top are what is called ‘Zero Bezel’ the border at the base is only 2cm. This helps for those who have more than one display to form a near borderless display.

The probable selling point is the ability to connect your Tablet or SmartPhone via the USB ‘C’ and get a near full screen display when the phone is in landscape mode.

The connections on the back of the stand in a single line are the adjustment nipple on the right edge then two HDMI connections and next is the USB ‘C’ and then the DC power input.

This means rather than an AC input you have a large power brick but as there is a good amount of lead this can be tucked out of the way.

As well as a good amount of back tilt (20 degrees) there is better than most forward tilt (5 degrees) for those whose panel is set higher up.

The USB ‘C’ connection can also charge your phone or Tablet while it is connected. It also allows fast transfer of data.

The Philips link at the end also shows other features not mentioned here.

Apart from the specifications there are some illustrations to show the difference between HD and Quad HD resolution.

This is a nice panel ideal for home or office use that worked without flaws during my review period.

At the time of publication the Philips 276C8 is available from Amazon for £324.64.

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