Philips' enterprise branch EPI announced this week a new 32" display aimed primarily at the business market, the BDM3270QP2. This 2560x1440, 92-PPI display stands out from much of its competition simply for the display technology powering it. Instead of using the typical TN or IPS panel technology, Philips' monitor uses a 10-bit AMVA panel.
There's plenty of reading to do on the particulars of each panel type, but here's the short version. Where TN panels are fast and IPS panels have a great range of color, VA panels sit somewhere in the middle—faster than typical IPS panels and more colorful than TN panels. They also tend to sport a better viewing angle than those TN panels.
Philips advertises the BDM3270QP2 as having a 4-ms response time and a maximum refresh of 60Hz. The panel's 10-bit color handling gives it access to about a billion colors compared to a regular 8-bit display's 16.7 million shades. This characteristic is augmented by the monitor's 12-bit LUT for "recreating smooth, natural colors without gradations and color banding."
The display offers VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, and Dual-link DVI inputs. All those ports come in handy in conjunction with the monitors's MultiView tech, allowing for multiple devices to appear on the display at the same time. Other niceties include a pair of built-in speakers, two USB 2.0 ports, and three USB 3.0 connectors. The Philips BDM3270QP2 is available now on Amazon for $449.99.
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