Philips 273V5LHAB review: A 27in monitor that doesn’t break the budget

Philips 273V5

Flashy ‘gaming’ monitors may be all the rage among the youth these days, but sometimes you just want a nice 27in monitor without all the bells, whistles and LED light shows that often accompany them. Fortunately, the catchily-named Philips 273V5LHAB is one such monitor, and it’s about as plain and straightforward as they come.

I mean that in the best possible way, of course, and while this 27in, 60Hz TN panel does come with a few caveats – its 1920×1080 resolution being its prime flaw – even I can’t argue with how much it costs. Priced at just £154, this is an absolute bargain of a big screen, and would suit most people just fine if size matters more than the number of pixels on show.

I was a bit skeptical about its image quality when I first turned it on, as initially the 273V5LHAB’s brightness and contrast levels seemed completely up the spout. Everything looked washed out and had a sickly white sheen to it, but luckily things started to settle down once it had a bit of time to warm up.

Colours never reached the same kind of depth and vibrancy as my reference AOC Q2770PQU, but my calibrator still returned a very admirable result when I tested the 273V5LHAB’s default User Define mode. Without making any kind of adjustments at all, the 273V5LHAB scored highly on the regular sRGB colour gamut (92.7% if you want to be precise), and a respectable contrast ratio of 1114:1 revealed plenty of detail in dark shadow areas. I even managed to push that percentage up to 94% with a couple of minor tweaks to its RGB values, which is pretty good for a TN screen when your typical IPS display normally hits around 96%.

Philips 273V5

There are three other fixed colour profiles to choose from, but I wouldn’t recommend them, as this made images and games appear even more washed out than User Define. Otherwise, all you’ve got is basic brightness and contrast controls, as well as SmartContrast and Overscan options, but I left the latter turned off and didn’t feel the need to touch the former.

The only thing to bear in mind is that its peak brightness only hits around 350cd/m2, which doesn’t give you a lot of leeway if you’re in a room that gets a lot of direct sunlight. I also had to have the brightness turned up to full whack to get the best accuracy reading on my calibrator, so dimming the screen will cost you some extra lustre. On the whole, though, it produces a pretty great picture considering the price.

The only major problem is its resolution. I’ve always found 27in is just a little too big for 1920×1080, as text starts to get a bit grainy and pixellated. Word documents just about get away with it, but email clients really start to show its limitations when stretched across a screen this large, as text starts to become very hazy around the edges and difficult to read. As a general rule, I’d always recommend opting for a 2560×1440 resolution if you’re buying a 27in monitor, but if you’re largely going to be using it for gaming and nothing else, then it’s less of a problem.

Philips 273V5 ports

Its large size also means the 273V5LHAB needs little in the way of extra ergonomics. Its short, fixed stand offers a tiny bit of tilt up and down, but that’s pretty much it. If you like your monitors sitting a bit higher on your desk, however, you’ll have to find a few books to prop it up. DisplayPort fiends will also need to look elsewhere, as the 273V5LHAB only has VGA, DVI-D and HDMI inputs, plus your standard headphone and audio-in jacks.

Otherwise, though, there’s a lot to like about the 273V5LHAB, despite its couple of shortcomings. The smaller AOC G2460PF still wins in terms of best value for money in this kind of price range, but if you’re looking for a big screen on the cheap for less than £200, the Philips 273V5LHAB is a great place to start.

25 Comments

  1. Sakkura says:

    Over £150 for a 27″ 1080p monitor is a bit of a crappy deal, in my opinion. 1080p will not look good at that size, and a 24″ 1080p is way cheaper. Conversely, a basic 1440p 27-incher is not THAT much more expensive – still under £200 (AOC Q2778VQE).

    • Ghostwise says:

      I had a 27″ in 1080p for many many years (an Iiyama Prolite something or the other, still have it as a backup), and IME many folks did and still do.

      So I suspect that 1080p at 27″ only look fat-pixelish once you’ve worked at finer resolutions. And the extra workspace is pretty good when, well, working.

      • sinbad says:

        That’s the 27″ monitor I have, had it for a couple of years and always been happy with it

        • AliciaHarvey says:

          I quit working at shoprite and now I make $82h…how? I’m working online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new…after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier… Click Here & START work

        • AliciaHarvey says:

          I quit working at shoprite and now I make 82 dollar an hour…how? I’m working online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new…after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier… Click Here & START work

      • Beefsurgeon says:

        I had a 27″ 1080P screen for a while and I hated the pixel chunk at a normal desktop viewing distance. It was much better from 4-5 feet away, used for “sofa gaming” in a small room.

      • WCG says:

        I just bought a 32″ monitor (LG 32MA70HY-P) at Amazon.com ($199, plus free shipping) at that resolution, and I love it.

        It’s the same resolution as my 23″ monitor, but it’s great for my old eyes, because everything is so much bigger. I can read small fonts now, even when the game uses weird color combinations that used to be invisible for me (like dark red on black or dark blue on black).

        If your eyes are perfect, you might prefer a higher resolution. (Of course, you’d pay more for that. This was dirt cheap, I thought.) But for me, this was just what I needed. I didn’t want a higher resolution than 1920 x 1080.

      • Cederic says:

        What extra workspace? You still only have 1920×1080 pixels, whether they’re on a 15″ or 27″ monitor you still only have that much workspace.

        Just go 2560×1440 at 27″, you’ll get far more workspace and it’ll look fabulous.

    • po says:

      I don’t think a lower resolution at that size is anything to be concerned about. After all, both consoles and PCs are plugged into TVs with much higher sizes, and in many cases will be running at 1080 because that’s what the GPU can handle (my own PS4 is hooked up to a 1080 projector, with a 100″ screen, and honestly, Horizon Zero Dawn managed to look better than PC games, with a 1080GTX and 28″ monitor, at 1440 and 60fps).

      If you don’t have the GPU to handle more than 1080, but you want a larger monitor than 24″, then why shouldn’t you have the option of buying a large 1080 monitor, instead of paying far more for something you’re not going to make the best use of?

      Besides, getting a larger monitor and sitting further away from it, so that you have the same pixels/degree of field of view (the ONLY value that means anything) as with a closer 24″, is going to be much better for your eyesight.

      • Sakkura says:

        TVs are generally viewed from much greater distance than monitors. A bigger monitor does not make your desk bigger, so the viewing distance will likely be the same whether it’s a 24- or 27-incher.

  2. makkara says:

    ~150€/£ 27″ 1080p TN

    + ~25€/£ for IPS panel (better)
    or
    + ~100€/£ for 1440p IPS

  3. avrus96 says:

    That’s not a great price IMO. I purchased 3 (used) Samsung P2770HDs with comparable specs in 2011 for about $200 USD (~150£) apiece.

    The real deal is getting something like a 4k 40″ Samsung MU6300 for under $400 USD / 300£ – I’ve seen it go for as low as $300 during Black Friday.

  4. Halk says:

    1080p, 60 Hz, giant bezel and not even a DisplayPort? Yeah, no thanks.

  5. ColonelFlanders says:

    You can spend 6 quid more and buy an IPS from here:

    link to debenhamsplus.com

  6. Tiax says:

    The hardware news have really been weird lately.

  7. milligna says:

    A lot to like? Anyone reading this should do a little cursory googling to find much better uses for their monitor money. Which came out money money before an edit, which I should have let stand, really.

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    tristanf says:

    I would not recommend this to anyone. Are we really recommending people by TN panels? The only reason I can think of for choosing this over a 24” is that you are sitting farther away, but if you’re sitting that far away, why not just plugin in to your TV. You can get better 24” IPS displays for less, and really good ones for only a little more.

  9. Pizzzahut says:

    These monitor reviews are really just the ‘collection of really bad monitors you shouldn’t buy’.

    • TychoCelchuuu says:

      Well, you know what they say about reviewers: someone who’s consistently wrong is just as useful as someone who’s consistently right, because you always know what message to take away from the review! In this case, I know not to do what RPS tells me to do when it comes to monitors.

  10. theirongiant says:

    Why don’t monitor manufacturers ever give their products actual names rather than a seemingly random jumble of alphanumeric characters? I defy anyone to remember what designation their monitor is a week after they’ve got it.

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