Philips 329P1H Review | PCMag

Philips has a reputation for producing high quality all-around monitors, and the 329P1H is no exception. This 32-inch panel shone in our tests, with better contrast than its nominal specs suggest, as well as excellent color accuracy. It has all the connectors you’d expect from a display marketed as a USB-C docking station monitor, plus a webcam with microphone and a set of powerful speakers to up your video conferencing game. It’s not cheap – online prices range from just under $600 to $675, with Amazon listing it for $604.28 at press time – but it follows in the footsteps of its smaller siblings perfectly and sisters, the Philips 279P1 and 272P7VUBNB, both among our top picks. The Philips 329P1H wins the Editors’ Choice award for productivity monitors over 30 inches.


A smooth screen and an elegant design

Equipped with a 4K or UHD (3840 x 2160 pixel) IPS panel measuring 31.5 inches diagonally, the 329P1H has a pixel density of 140 pixels per inch (ppi), which is more than enough for editing Photo. The monitor measures 25.6 x 28 x 11 inches (HWD) with its stand fully extended and weighs 28.6 pounds. The screen has narrow bezels on each side and on top, making it a good choice for a multi-screen array. The black cabinet that houses the panel connects to a shaft with a hole near the bottom that you can run cables through. The shaft ends in a circular turntable, fixed in the rectangular base, which allows the panel to be rotated.

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Philips 329P1H rear

The stand has a full set of ergonomic features. You can adjust the height of the monitor from 7.1 inches, an unusually wide range. You can tilt the top of the monitor up to 5 degrees toward you and 25 degrees away from you; rotate the panel 180 degrees in either direction (so that it faces you); and rotate it between landscape and portrait modes in both directions as well.

Four holes in the rear of the cabinet, spaced 100mm apart, will accommodate a VESA mount (not included) if you prefer to mount the panel to a wall or arm instead.

Webcam Philips 329P1H

(Photo: Molly Flores)

On top of the cabinet is a 2-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone. The 329P1H also features a pair of built-in 5 watt speakers. In this, it resembles several other recent displays such as the Asus BE279QSK, HP E27m G4 QHD USB-C Conference Monitor and HP E24m G4 FHD USB-C Conference Monitor. All are designed to support home and office workers who rely on Zoom, Google Meet, and other conferencing clients.


A plethora of ports

Touted as having a built-in USB-C docking station with power delivery, the 329P1H also looks like many recent high-end desktop-oriented monitors that can connect to a laptop via a USB Type-C connection (and the power, delivering up to 90 watts in this case); offer USB Type-A ports for keyboards, mice, and other peripherals (a total of four); and provide LAN connectivity via an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet jack. It also has a DisplayPort connector and two HDMI ports, as well as a Kensington lock slot and an audio line-out jack.

Philips 329P1H sockets

(Photo: Molly Flores)

You navigate the monitor’s on-screen display (OSD) menu system via a row of four function buttons on the right side of the bottom bezel, next to the power button. As for the buttons, they’re not particularly fiddly, but they’re not as convenient as the mini-joystick controllers on the Dell UltraSharp 27 USB-C Hub Monitor and several other so-called docking station monitors. At least they’re not hidden on the back of the panel, requiring you to hunt for them blindly.

Philips 329P1H control knobs

(Photo: Molly Flores)

Philips backs the 329P1H with a four-year warranty, one of the best on the market. Most monitor manufacturers cover their products for three years.


Philips 329P1H review: superb brightness, contrast, color coverage and accuracy

I tested the Philips 329P1H for brightness, contrast ratio, coverage and color accuracy using our standard test equipment: a Klein K-10A(Opens in a new window) colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G(Opens in a new window) signal generator and CalMAN 5 portrait displays(Opens in a new window) calibration software.

Philips rates the screen’s luminance at 350 nits (candelas per square meter), but it hit 376 nits in my tests. That’s bright enough for any professional purpose except a desk flooded with ambient light, and it should suffice for photo and video work as well. The screen also exceeded its rated contrast ratio of 1,000:1, posting a score of 1,260:1. (Find out how we test monitors.)

Philips 329P1H sRGB graphics

Philips promises that the 329P1H should cover the full sRGB color space with room to spare, and it succeeded in doing so in our tests. (See sRGB color coverage or chromaticity chart above.) It also covered the full DCI-P3 gamut commonly used in digital video and 85.8% of the Adobe RGB color space frequently used by professional photographers .

Delta E, on the other hand, is a measure of a monitor’s color accuracy, that is, how closely the color of the displayed image matches the input signal. We’re looking for a Delta E of less than 2.0 for professional monitors suitable for photo editing, and Philips rates the 329P1H’s Delta E at less than 2 for the sRGB space. Our Delta E score averages 45 measurements for individual colors; not only did the display deliver an average Delta E of just 0.99, but only one of 45 values ​​exceeded 2. (See ColorChecker chart below.)

Philips 329P1H ColorChecker Delta E

In short: the screen’s color accuracy is excellent, and its brightness and contrast ratio exceeded our expectations.


The Verdict: Top Price, Great Value

The only issues we can raise about the Philips 329P1H are that it isn’t cheap, it uses navigation buttons instead of a mini-joystick controller, and its webcam is relatively low resolution ( 2 megapixels compared to 5 for the HP conference monitors mentioned above). ‘ webcams). But all of this is relative.

Corner Philips 329P1H

(Photo: Molly Flores)

Sure, there are 32-inch productivity monitors available for half the price of the 329P1H, but not with anything close to its feature set. One of the latest fully loaded business monitors we’ve seen, the Dell UltraSharp 30 USB-C Hub Monitor, costs significantly more with a smaller 30-inch screen. While the Philips uses old-school buttons instead of a four-way controller, at least they’re easily visible and labeled on the bezel. And when it comes to the webcam, most monitors don’t offer one at all.

For its combination of excellent image quality, video conferencing support and all the ports that make it a true docking monitor, the Philips 329P1H is an easy pick among large-screen productivity monitors. .

Advantages

  • 32 inch IPS screen with 4K resolution

  • Exceeded its rated brightness, contrast, and color accuracy

  • Webcam, powerful speakers and Ethernet connectivity

  • Four USB-A ports; can supply 90 watts to laptop via USB-C

  • Full set of ergonomic features

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The essential

The Philips 329P1H productivity monitor combines a 32-inch IPS display with the connectivity of a docking station monitor and the speakers, mic and webcam of a video conferencing display.

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