DGM IPS-2701WPH review

£360
Price when reviewed

If you’ve been dreaming of upgrading to a 27in IPS monitor, but just haven’t been able to find the cash, DGM’s IPS-2701WPH will come as a revelation. It’s the first 27in IPS we’ve seen that costs less than £500, and somehow DGM has managed to pack in a glossy 2,560 x 1,440 IPS panel.

DGM IPS-2701WPH review

The moment you heave the IPS-2701WPH from the box, it’s clear how it has arrived at such an attractive price. The gloss-black chassis is very plasticky; tilting it back and forth is accompanied by audible creaks, and the stand is decidedly wobbly.

Budget-cutting is evident elsewhere: the onscreen display is incredibly basic, and the clicky buttons on the monitor’s bottom-edge make a chore of changing even simple settings such as brightness or contrast. Power, meanwhile, is supplied by a chunky 24v power adapter.

Thankfully, the DGM’s image quality is good enough that there’s little need to fiddle with any settings. Straight out of the box, the DGM presents a crisp, huge Windows desktop, and images and movies teem with detail and rich, lifelike colours. To the naked eye, it’s easily the match of far pricier monitors.

DGM IPS-2701WPH

Put to the test with our X-Rite colorimeter, the IPS-2701WPH acquitted itself well. Brightness topped out at an ample 299cd/m[sup]2[/sup], and while contrast reached a more modest 665:1, it’s far from unacceptable. Colour accuracy was excellent right off the bat. An average Delta E of only 1.9 would be a superb result at twice the price, and with a maximum Delta E deviation of 4.3, the DGM retains its accuracy right across the colour spectrum.

There are no serious image quality issues whatsoever. Colour temperature was just a touch warmer than the ideal – the DGM produced a result of 6,261k, just a whisker away from the target of 6,500k. The backlighting wasn’t quite as even as pricier models, with the centre of the screen measuring almost 14% brighter than most of the left-hand side of the panel, but this isn’t noticeable in use.

All the essential features are present. The side-facing ports include a 3.5mm audio input for the scratchy sounding set of internal speakers, and there’s a full complement of DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and D-SUB video inputs. There’s also a 100mm VESA mount on the rear for attaching the monitor to compatible mounts.

Given the low price, it’s easy to take the IPS-2701WPH’s faults on the chin. It lacks the niceties of our A-List monitor, the Viewsonic VP2770-LED, but that costs over £150 more. For only £360, the DGM’s combination of good image quality and a giant-sized IPS panel make it simply unbeatable value for money.

Details

Image quality 5

Main specifications

Screen size 27.0in
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Screen brightness 299cd/m2
Pixel response time 6ms
Contrast ratio 665:1
Pixel pitch 0.233mm
Horizontal viewing angle 178 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 178 degrees

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 1
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1
Headphone output no

Accessories supplied

Internal power supply no

Dimensions

Dimensions 645 x 487 x 172mm (WDH)
Weight 7.600kg

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