Here's the first desktop display based on quantum dots

— 10:33 AM on June 2, 2015

Philips claims to have the world's first desktop monitor based on quantum dot technology. The display was created in cooperation with QD Vision, an MIT spin-off that's been working on quantum dots for years. It takes advantage of the technology's purer colors to deliver an impressive 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum.

The quantum dots are part of an IPS-type panel with wide 178° viewing angles. Unfortunately, the E-Series 276E6ADS is otherwise unremarkable. Its 27" screen has a relatively low 1080p resolution, and there's no variable refresh magic.

Apart from promising a wide gamut, the spec sheet looks pretty typical. The brightness and contrast ratios are comparable to conventional LCDs, and the 14-ms gray-to-gray response time is actually a tad sluggish. Good thing there's a SmartResponse mode that's supposed to cut response times to a more reasonable 5 ms.

The display debuted in China today, and it's slated to be available in the US, Europe, and Korea "before mid-2015." Let's hope there's a higher-resolution version in the works.

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