Philips launches 27B1U7903 Mini-LED professional monitor with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity

Excellent HDR support for an IPS panel.

Philips 27B1U7903

Philips has announced the 27B1U7903 professional monitor, a creativity-focused display featuring a 4K Mini-LED panel, DisplayHDR 1,400 certification and 2,304 dimming zones in an aesthetically clean package.

The 27B1U7903 employs a 27in 16:9 IPS Quantum Dot panel running a 3840×2160 resolution at 60Hz with a 4ms (GtG) response time. It supports 121 per cent of NTSC, 154 per cent of sRGB, 99.2 per cent of Adobe RGB, 99.1 per cent of REC 709 and 80.4 per cent of REC 2020 colour gamuts.

Unlike most Mini-LED displays which include around 576 or 1,152 lighting zones, the 27B1U7903 takes things to the next level with 2,304 zones. This allows it to achieve deeper blacks and thus higher contrast compared to what IPS panels are typically capable of. Peak brightness is rated at an eye-searing 1,400 nits in HDR, dropping to 1,000 nits in SDR, and as with most Philips professional displays, this latest Brilliance 7000 Series is brimming with useful features.

In addition to the customary infrared power sensor, which automatically dims the monitor when you step away to reduce energy use, the 27B1U7903 packs built-in stereo speakers, an integrated power supply for less clutter, and a built-in PbP (Picture by Picture) mode that comes in handy when you consider the comprehensive I/O configuration.

Philips 27B1U7903 - IO

Around back the 27B1U7903 carries two HDMI 2.0 (DHCP 2.2/1.4), one DisplayPort 1.4 (DHCP 2.2/1.4), a 3.5mm audio jack, one Gigabit LAN, four USB 3.2 Type-A (one with fast charging), and two Thunderbolt 4 (one upstream and another downstream supporting 15W power delivery). Thanks to the bandwidth and daisy-chain capability of Thunderbolt 4, users can transmit up to 4K 60Hz video output to two monitors via a single cable, making it a perfect partner for Corsair’s TBT200 Thunderbolt 4 Dock.

Philips 27B1U7903 - Side

“Packed to the brim with cutting-edge, performance-boosting features, the Philips 27B1U7903 is the ideal choice for all creative professions. Not only does it deliver jaw-dropping visuals with extreme colour accuracy and attention to detail, but it also includes the speed, power, and simplicity of Thunderbolt 4 technology,” said Xeni Bairaktari, global marketing lead and senior brand manager at MMD Monitors and Displays.

The 27B1U7903 uses the same stand design as Philips’ Brilliance 498P9Z – which is by the way a nice pick if you are looking for a single wider monitor instead of a dual setup – but this time capable of adjusting pivot by +/- 90°, in addition to height by 130mm, swivel by -/+ 45°, and tilt by -5/15°.

High-end specs geared toward graphic designers or photographers, and the Philips 27B1U7903 is priced accordingly at £1,199.