TPV Technology, the company that produces monitors under Philips brand, has started to sell displays with QD Vision’s Color IQ quantum dot technology. What makes this notable is that QD Vision's technology is one such method being developed to significantly and inexpensively increase color gamut that displays can produce. The new 27” monitor can cover 99% of Adobe RGB color space, and is launcing at just $299.

The quality of LCD monitors as well as their ability to accurately display colors depends on multiple factors, including the quality of their panels as well as backlighting. While there are panels which can cover very wide color gamuts, since typical LED backlights usually do not produce whites with a broad underlying color spectrum, color accuracy of actual mainstream monitors gets limited. Several companies, including 3M and QD Vision, propose to apply special quantum dot filters on the backlights to make them as “white” (and therefore as broad) as possible.

QD Vision’s Color IQ quantum dot technology is based on cadmium selenide semiconductor nanocrystals, which can very precisely control spectral output of LED backlighting, essentially allowing light to be shifted to other wavelengths in a controlled manner. The quantum dots can be made to emit at any wavelength beyond the source wavelength with very high efficiency and narrow spectral distribution, which helps to make backlighting cleaner and thus enhance color gamut of displays. Applying quantum dot filters in any form is a relatively cost efficient task because it is basically a process step in assembly of an LCD module. However, those filters have to survive temperatures produced by LEDs, which is why they are not applied everywhere.

The Philips 276E6ADSS monitor is based on a 27" IPS-ADS panel with 1920×1080 resolution, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, 1000:1 contrast ratio (20M:1 dynamic contrast ratio), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 5 ms gray-to-gray response time and 60 Hz refresh rate. The display features a D-Sub, a DVI and an HDMI with MHL connectors along with audio in and out. Thanks to quantum dot film on the backlight of the monitor, the 276E can cover 99% of Adobe RGB color space, whereas typically inexpensive displays only show around 70% of the Adobe spectrum. The new Philips 276E monitor is made of plastic and uses a rather calm white/silver color scheme.

Specifications of Philips Quantum Dot Display
  Philips 276E6ADSS
Panel 27" IPS-ADS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 5 ms gray to gray
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 99%  Adobe RGB

While the Philips 276E display is a product with a rather unique combination of low price and wide color gamut, for TPV Technology it is also a test vehicle for quantum dot technology from QD Vision. Since this is the first ever display with QD Vision’s Color IQ tech, some of its early samples had teething problems. The review unit received by AnandTech did not support constraining to the sRGB color gamut. As soon as we mentioned this fact to the manufacturer we were told that later versions should have a proper sRGB operating mode.

The new monitor is already available at Amazon, B&H and some other retailers for $299.

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  • Refuge - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    $300?

    I won't lie, I want one! :)
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  • Sttm - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    I used a 1080p 27inch monitor for a couple years, the resolution at that size is lacking. Reply
  • ChefJeff789 - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    I'll second that. I bought one and sent it back within just a few days. It was a good monitor otherwise, but the screen door effect was really bad. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    Still it's great for doing color correction, and at that price, you could afford a 2nd one. I'm hoping Quantum Dot filters down into the 34" Curved IPS monitors with Gsync/Freesync.

    Does the filter effect refresh rate at all?
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  • saratoga4 - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - link

    Filter is on the LEDs in the backlight, not the panel itself, so it won't affect refresh rate (or anything beyond the backlight). Reply
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - link

    +1
    (am happy with 2560x1440 on 25")
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  • Samus - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - link

    Yep, I agree with everyone else. 27" is the cutoff for 1080p. You can get fairly decent 2560x1440 27" monitors for just a bit more. Even HP has a ZR27w that is fairly accurate, IPS and 2560p for $300 refurbished. Anandtech reviewed it years ago. The real problem with it is no OSD, it's 100% software controlled so hope you be running Windows. Reply
  • mmrezaie - Sunday, March 20, 2016 - link

    What is OSD? Reply
  • magreen - Sunday, March 20, 2016 - link

    on screen display Reply
  • Achaios - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - link

    Quite happy with my Philips 32 inch FTV 32PFL5605H @1920X1080.

    I am not quite sure what the above posters are talking about and who decides where's the "cuftoff", but I'll be damned if I let some nerd decide on the internet what I am going to buy.
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