The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL mixes essential gaming features with affordability so all gamers can experience intense visuals. You get a larger, 27-inch monitor with low latency, all for under $160 at the time of this review. Let’s take a closer look to see if it’s 2023’s latest value king.
Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution:1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts)
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 24.2” x 17.6” x 7.6”
- Weight: 12.14 lbs
Design and Features
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL has a simple design that doesn’t look as flashy as its white Evnia counterparts. This model has a matte black aesthetic, and it doesn’t have the Ambiglow LEDs on the chassis due to its budget-oriented nature. The display has a bezel-free design but still has inner borders, just like any modern variant.
It’s larger than the typical gaming display, but its dimensions are modest compared to similar options. It only needs 7.6 inches of depth, so the only problem you might encounter with it is if your desk is narrow and you also have large speakers. It’s light and portable at 12.14 pounds, so it will be easy to move around or bring with you to LAN parties or E-Sports competitions.
Its build quality is decent, so it should last quite a while if you use it with care. The plastics used can flex if you press them hard enough, but they won’t crack that easily. The included stand ha a bit of wobble, but it only really happens when you touch the cabinet or nudge it accidentally.
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL has an OSD joystick, even if it’s a budget model. It’s located at the back near the right-hand side of the screen, so you have to reach in to utilize it. However, we’re thankful that its users don’t have to deal with buttons and multiple keypresses to do something simple such as adjusting the brightness.
The included stand only offers tilt since most of the money you have to pay for it goes to its screen. We think that all monitors should at least have height adjustment, but it’s forgivable this time since the monitor is so cheap. You can use VESA mounts for it, but that added cost might break the value proposition of going with a budget model.
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL has a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 slots, and a 3.5mm jack. That doesn’t look like much, but you can basically use the monitor for a PC and two gaming consoles. USB ports are useful but having them isn’t worth it if the monitor’s price climbs considerably.
It doesn’t have speakers, but that’s understandable since it’s made to be the most affordable monitor. However, that doesn’t matter much since gamers will most likely prefer headsets that are better for focus or immersion.
Display and Performance
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL sports a 27-inch VA panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms MPRT response time. The backlight has a 250 cd/m2 output, while the contrast is listed at 3000:1. This model doesn’t advertise HDR certification, but that’s acceptable since products in this price range are not equipped for it.
Larger 1080p screens aren’t desirable, according to the consensus from gaming communities, since it can look less crisp or grainy due to the looser pixel density. However, you can easily counter that by sitting at a good distance while enjoying its benefits. Legibility and visibility are excellent, plus it’s easy to reach that 165Hz limit with a modest system.
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL covers 100% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 for great color performance in games and movies. It’s decently accurate with a deltaE average of 1.65, so most users won’t need to calibrate it. The screen looks great for gaming, so anyone who gets it can simply plug it in and start playing.
Calibrating the monitor reduced its dE average to 1.31, which is excellent for a monitor at this price range. However, it is not a massive improvement, so it’s not worth buying a colorimeter just to squeeze out that extra ounce of performance. Creators should look at more specific products if better accuracy is needed.
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL’s backlight reached 255 cd/m2 at 100%, so it can get bright enough for daytime use. Its contrast reached 2311:1 at 50% brightness, so it’s capable of deep blacks and convincing dark scenes. This is its main advantage against IPS panels, but it also has a weakness in return.
Panel uniformity for the test sample did not have major issues like backlight bleeding. The screen has some variance, but it did not affect the screen’s overall performance. Note that this will vary between every monitor made due to tolerances, so there are worse units out there.
The VA panel in this monitor is still prone to blurring in fast-paced and contrasting transitions. Setting its overdrive to the maximum helped, but it added a bit of overshoot. This monitor is suitable for fast-paced games, but those with trained eyes will notice the difference.
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL is compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync for stutter and tear-free gaming. Dual compatibility is essential if you want to save money since you don’t have to ditch the monitor if you switch to another GPU brand. Its input lag is at 4ms, so the company’s claims of low latency performance are accurate.
Thoughts on the Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL
The Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL is a decent choice if you want to get a big screen that’s cheap and capable of strong imaging performance. Its low price usually buys office variants, so this is a massive steal for gamers. It doesn’t have sophisticated features, but the gaming experience it offers matters more.
That affordability also means that the Philips Momentum 27M1N3200VL isn’t perfect. It’s still prone to blurring, plus it lacks some creature comforts, which many will consider as deal-breakers. But overall, it’s a good choice if you want to upgrade with minimal impact on your wallet.
- Great Colors and Contrast
- Very Affordable
- FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible
- Limited Connectivity and Ergonomics
- Prone to Blurring
About the Author: Paolo has been a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since junior high. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations; he believes that every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.