In for review is the Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P/71. This is a ₱20,220 PHP (MSRP) but could be had for as low as ₱18,950 PHP at certain retailers.

Specification wise, the 27M1N5200P comes with a 27 inch Full HD IPS panel. It is kinda disappointing from the get go due to its PPI/pixel density but it comes with a 240 Hz refresh rate along with strobing and VRR support for both NVIDIA G-Sync (Compatible) and AMD FreeSync Premium. It also has HDR support so it might be a worthy investment.

Disclosure: Philips sent the Momentum 27M1N5200P/71 for the purpose of this review. The company did not ask me to say anything particular about it. They said something about a promo with a Herschel bag though. Learn more about that one here.

Technical Specifications

Panel Size 27 inches
Panel/Backlight IPS (W-LED)
Surface Treatment Anti-Glare
Resolution 1920 x 1080(16:9)
Pixel Density 81.59 PPI
Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync Premium, NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible
Brightness 400 cd/m² (SDR Peak?, HDR Peak?)
Contrast ‎Ratio 1,000:1 (Typical)
Response Time‎ 0.5 ms (MPRT)
Color Saturation 99% sRGB
Color Depth 8-bit
Display Options‎ 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4
USB 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A, 2x Fast Charging)
Audio‎ 1x 3.5 mm (Out)
VESA Mount‎ 100 x 100 mm
Pivot ±90°
Swivel ±45°
Tilt -5°/+20°
Lift ±65 mm/130 mm
Anti-strain Blue Light Filter
Length 614 mm
Width 43 mm
Height 363 mm
Weight 3.4 kg

Packaging and Accessories

The Philips 27M1N5200P comes packed inside a two part packaging. Gone are the usual XPS foam and instead, we now have a molded pulp in its place. I like this eco-friendly direction – finally a packaging I could lend to my nephews for their dioramas.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Images 1

The packaging should contain the following items inside:

  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power adapter
  • Power cord
  • Quick start guide
  • USB 3.2 cable
  • Push-fit stand
  • Base

Decent bundle we got here.

Design, Build and Connectivity

The Philips 27M1N5200P comes with a distinct blend between a gaming monitor and your usual office display. It does not come off as one screaming “look at me, I’m a gaming monitor” but it has the DNA if we are going to consider how Philips designed its base. As for display specifics, this one comes with a frameless panel and an anti-glare coating – very much appreciated design choices for its price point.

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Philips has these no nonsense design elements baked into their products and it shows. We have a minimalistic rear-end here so if you are planning to use this on an office setup, it wont steal your client’s attention. By the way, this does not have rear facing speakers. I think the cut out is just there for other variants with such feature.

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Connectivity options are tucked away at the bottom with proper legends. Now while it has a rather huge external power supply, the 27M1N5200P comes equipped with four USB ports. Two are downstream and the other two are fast charging ports.

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Nothing much to scrutinize here except for the external power supply which is for the record, a pet-peeve of mine. I just like the idea of having a setup powered by an IEC C13 cable.

OSD and Navigation

Conveniently, a joystick is all you need to access the OSD menu. It is located at the lower right part of the panel. If I were to complain, I’d like to see it closer to the edges so I could use the said edges for leverage. Clicking the joystick also gives a tactile feedback, but it doesn’t actually have a middle button. You must access the menu by pointing it Right or Down. Quite a bummer but it is what it is.

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Now the OSD itself comes with tons of menus and sub menus. The 27M1N5200P has nine of them, but categorization could be better.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 OSD 1

For an instance, the Picture and Color menu within the current hierarchy could be better. I mean that’s like giving the gold for the runner ups.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 OSD 2

The lack of a middle button is something to get used to and the menu is not that bad to navigate. Nothing else to complain.


The Philips 27M1N5200P is a 27 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has a relatively decent PPI level of 81.59 but personally speaking, this is the lowest I would go for a 27 incher. Now with its default stand, the maximum depth you have is about 44 cm for a 60 cm desk – 45 if you are feeling lucky to let the base poking on the edge of the table. That said, the depth is great due to how Philips designed the monitor’s base and stand.

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Ergonomic options are also pretty great: It could tilt, swivel, lift up or down (±65 mm/130 mm) and even pivot.

Test Setup and Methodology

Our test setup relies on the measurements taken from the DataColor Spyder5 Elite colorimeter and the OSRTT PRO response time tool. It is important to note that we are testing the review sample after burn-in, with at least 24-hours of uptime. This is done so to negate the FOTB (fresh out the box) state of the DUT (device under test), yielding better benchmarking consistency.

Test Setup
Colorimeter DataColor Spyder5 Elite
Response Time Tool OSRTT Pro
Resolution Native
Refresh Rate Native
Color Depth Native
Luminance 120 cd/m²
White Point 6500 K
Gamma 2.2

Due to a number of factors including the test equipment and its limitations, the measurements obtained here are not meant to be compared from various results you may find online.

OSD Presets

Luminance, contrast and white point are measured in their respected units (SI/non-SI). The test aims to evaluate the OSD presets.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 OSD Presets

Disregarding the White Point inaccuracy, it is actually best to turn off the SmartImage at the OSD. Basically the default preset, Off allows us to use every bit of features found within the OSD to our liking for calibration. That said, we chose Off for calibration in conjunction with DisplayCAL. OSD settings are as follows:

  • Preset = SmartImage -> Off
  • Brightness = 41
  • Contrast = 70 (Default)
  • Color Temperature = User (R78, G66, B60)
  • Gamma = 2.2
  • Color Space = N/A (sRGB)

As usual, send me an email if you need the ICC or ICM profile for this particular monitor.


Coverage level is measured in percentage (%). The test aims to evaluate the gamut and its compliance with industry standard color spaces.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Color Gamut

We have 100% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB and 89% DCI-P3 coverage. Color Gamut coverage is not the best considering all three standards but since this is an sRGB display, it passes with flying colors.

Tone Response

Response curve is measured in gamma (γ). The test aims to evaluate the tone response and its compliance with industry standard gamma levels.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Gamma

It seems that the Philips 27M1N5200P is a tad lighter at each gamma preset’s designated gray levels.

Brightness and Contrast

Luminance is measured in candela per square meter (cd/m²) while contrast is measured in ratio (:). The test aims to evaluate the brightness and contrast.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Brightness Contrast

Peak SDR brightness is measured at 348 cd/m² which is just 52 cd/m² out of spec. Contrast ratio could be better though, since it peaked at 483:1 at our preferred brightness level. Even at 100% brightness, it struggled to reach 1000:1 which is the ideal black level to start with.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 HDR Brightness

HDR luminance is middling – disappointing even. It is exactly the same for every window so this monitor is most likely an edge lit or a screen level dimming panel. Basically, it could display HDR content but not even close to what it should be displayed on the screen.

Screen Uniformity

Color difference is measured in Delta-E (∆E) while luminance difference is measured in percentage (%). The test aims to evaluate the screen uniformity.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Uniformity

Color and luminance uniformity are acceptable. Luminance hot spots are down below while it is a little hot at the top right corner of the panel.

Color Accuracy

Color difference is measured in Delta-E (∆E). The test aims to evaluate the color accuracy.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Color Accuracy

We have a Delta-E average of 1.22 here so color accuracy is pretty good. The only outlier here is the CIELab (47.12, -32.52, -28.75) patch registering at 3.56 ∆E.

Response Time

Perceived response time, RGB overshoot and visual response rating are measured in their respective units (SI/non-SI). The test aims to evaluate the response time with OSRTT Pro.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P OSRTT Pro 1

With overdrive turned off, we measured an average perceived response time of  8.06 ms while RGB overshoot is nowhere to be found. Visual response is rated at 70.96 on average.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P OSRTT Pro 2

Overdrive at fast gave us an average perceived response time of 7.07 ms while RGB overshoot remains consistent. This nets the 27M1N5200P with an average visual response rating of 74.46.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P OSRTT Pro 3

Now with overdrive set to fastest, the Philips 27M1N5200P nets an average visual response rating of 78.16. This is due to a faster response time along with a negligible amount of overshoot. Overall, expect a decent perceived motion clarity with overdrive set to its fastest.

Input Lag

Input latency is measured in milliseconds (ms). The test aims to evaluate the input lag with OSRTT Pro.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P OSRTT Pro 4

Input lag is very low with the Philips 27M1N5200P, featuring an average of sub 2 ms on display lag and a total input lag of 3 ms – USB polling and render time included.

Power Consumption

Power is measured in watts (W). The test aims to evaluate the power consumption with a wattmeter.

Philips Momentum 27M1N5200 Power Consumption

Power consumption is typical to its size and panel type. Nothing is out of place here.


While it is not brimming with features, the Philips 27M1N5200P is actually a pretty decent gaming monitor when it comes to its feature set. It is an IPS panel so viewing angles are great, it has VVR, an ergonomic stand and has a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate to name a few notables. I also like that it comes with a joystick instead of the usual row of buttons that you have to fiddle with. Miles better compared to lets say, some older Philips monitors.

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Now while we could say that it technically supports HDR decoding, I would say it is actually a part of this monitor’s not so useful feature set. It is a screen level dimming approach so you won’t get the intensity and black levels associated with pixel level dimming or even zone level dimming technologies commonly found on more capable HDR displays.

Final Thoughts

The Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P is what I would say a decent to a good gaming monitor if you played your cards right. Contrast for example is not the best I’ve seen at its price point and its HDR implementation seems like a checkbox that needed to be well… checked.

Granted, there are only a handful of IPS panels with the same specifications from LG, Innolux and BOE and none exhibited strong black levels. That said, it is safe to assume that Philips doesn’t have much option in this particular bin. Pixel density, HDR and contrast aside, the 27M1N5200P is actually capable – that I could say with confidence.

For an instance, the monitor comes with excellent gamut coverage, good color accuracy and usable gamma presets. Peak SDR brightness level and input lag are also no slouch either.

Now Philips could be playing an entirely different game with this model. For example, there are plenty of gamers who are still stuck with a gaming setup that could only maximize the use of 240 Hz refresh rate at 1080P. On that note, we could also say that it is also geared towards competitive gaming due to its low input lag.

In closing, if the Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P absolutely ticks your requirements for a 240 Hz gaming monitor then I would happily recommend it.

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The Philips Momentum 27M1N5200P is not cheap, not expensive either and has some downsides you have to be aware of but if it will absolutely complement your setup then I have no strong reason to object.

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