Philips 246E9QDSB Review: Budget 1080p IPS Monitor

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Bottom Line

The Philips 246E9QDSB is an affordable 24" 1080p IPS monitor with a wide color gamut, AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz, and a 75x75mm VESA mount compatible design. If you need all these features, it's the perfect budget monitor for you.

Design:
(2.9)
Display:
(4.6)
Performance:
(4.3)
Price/Value:
(4.5)
4.1

Introduction

The Philips 246E9QDSB is one of many 24″ 1080p IPS monitors you can get around $100 and although it doesn’t have as an eye-catching design as some alternatives, it offers some features other monitors are missing at this price range.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with a 250-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, dithered 8-bit color depth (6-bit + 2-bit FRC), and wide 178° viewing angles, the Philips 246E9QDSB delivers an excellent image quality for the price.

While the 250-nit peak brightness may seem low on paper, it will be more than enough under normal viewing conditions meaning that you’ll most likely want to reduce the brightness down from its maximum.

Since it uses an IPS panel, the colors are accurate, consistent, and vivid. Moreover, they will remain vibrant regardless of the angle you’re looking at the monitor.

The Philips 246E9QDSB monitor even supports a wide 129% sRGB color gamut. This provides you with more saturated and lifelike colors.

However, this can also make sRGB content (most of web content and games) look over-saturated. For instance, YouTube’s red logo can appear neon-pink.

Some users prefer the over-saturated look, while others prefer a more accurate color output.

Luckily, the Philips 246E9QDSB comes with a pre-calibrated sRGB mode, which you can enable in the monitor’s OSD (On-Screen Display) settings, and instantly get accurate ~100% sRGB color representation.

Lastly, the monitor features Full HD resolution with 1920×1080 pixels, which looks great on its 23.8″ screen thanks to the decent pixel density of ~93 PPI (pixels per inch).

You get a respectable amount of screen real estate as well as sharp details and text.

In contrast, the 27″ sized version of this monitor, the Philips 276EQ9QDSB, has a notably lower PPI ratio of ~81 PPI, which results in less screen space available and more pixelated details.

Performance

The monitor’s performance is also top-notch; with only ~8ms of input lag, you won’t be able to notice any delays between your actions and the result on the screen.

Additionally, the Philips 246E9QDSB has a quick 4ms (GtG) response time, which will ensure that all pixel transitions are done within the 75Hz refresh rate window, thus eliminating trailing behind fast-moving objects.

AMD FreeSync is supported over HDMI with a 48-75 VRR (variable refresh rate) range. So, if you have a compatible graphics card by AMD, you can synchronize its FPS rate with the monitor’s refresh rate.

This will allow the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically. At, 50FPS, it changes to 50Hz to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering with minimal input lag penalty (~1ms).

Unfortunately, if your FPS rate drops below 48, FreeSync will stop working until your FPS rate recovers.

Since the monitor has no DisplayPort input, you cannot use FreeSync with NVIDIA cards on this monitor, but you can use it up to 75Hz without any issues by creating a custom resolution.

One last thing to keep in mind when discussing IPS monitors is IPS glow, which is a common flaw of this technology. It’s characterized as visible ‘glowing’ around the corners of the screen due to excess light passing through the panel.

The amount of IPS glow will vary across different units of the monitor, but it’s mostly manageable as you can reduce this effect by lowering the monitor’s brightness and/or by adding some lighting, such as a lamp, next to your screen.

Our unit of the Philips 246E9QDSB had minimal IPS glow as well as no dead/stuck pixels nor excess backlight bleeding.

Features

philips 246e9qdsb monitor osd menu layout

The OSD menu of the monitor is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. You can easily navigate through it using the joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the screen.

There’s a low-blue light filter which, along with the monitor’s flicker-free backlight ensures a comfortable viewing experience at night without the risk of headaches or eye strain after prolonged use of the display.

Toggling the joystick to the left while not in the menu will open up the SmartImage feature, which consists of several pre-calibrated picture presets including FPS, Racing, RTS, LowBlue Mode, and two customizable Gamer modes.

You’ll also find the SmartResponse feature in the OSD menu, which consists of four different response time modes (Off, Fast, Faster, and Fastest). We recommend using either Fast or Faster modes depending on your FPS/Hz rate.

Other features include the standard picture adjustment tools such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, input source selection, color temperature, and five gamma modes (from 1.8 to 2.6).

Design & Connectivity

philips 246e9qdsb monitor back

The design of the monitor features ultra-thin bezels at the top and at the sides, which make it a great choice for multi-monitor setups. You can tilt the screen by -5°/20° or mount it via the 75x75mm VESA pattern.

However, as you can see in the picture above, the bottom two VESA holes are very close to the monitor’s ports meaning that if you use the standard VESA plate with both 75x75mm and 100x100mm patterns, it will block the inputs.

So, you will need a 75x75mm-only VESA plate or to cut the excess bottom material from a 100x100mm plate.

This is forgivable given that most monitors at this price range don’t feature VESA mounting holes at all.

Connectivity options are abundant and include DVI-D, VGA, HDMI 1.4, and a headphones jack. There’s no DP input, but once again – similarly priced monitors don’t offer DisplayPort either.

While the chassis of the screen has a glossy finish, the screen has a low-haze (25%) anti-glare coating, which eliminates reflections, but doesn’t make the picture seem grainy as more aggressive coatings tend to do.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Philips 246E9QDSB goes for around $100, which is an excellent price, given its specifications and features. It’s also available as a 22″ sized variant for $10 – $20 less, the Philips 226E9QDSB.

For gaming, we highly recommend saving up an additional ~$50 for either the AOC C24G1 (with a curved VA panel) or the ASUS VP249QGR (with a flat-screen IPS panel) – both with a 144Hz refresh rate.

If you don’t care for 144Hz, either because you don’t game at all or you can’t get a high FPS rate with your current PC system, here are some other budget-friendly alternatives worth considering:

  • Acer CB242Y – More expensive, but has a fully ergonomic stand. No wide color gamut nor a headphones jack
  • Acer SB220Q – The most popular model under $100 due to its slim design. Also, it has no wide color gamut nor a headphones jack.
  • AOC 24V2H – A very slim design, but the stand cannot be detached; no wide color gamut
  • LG 24MP59G – Offers a DP input and a wider VRR range, but has a bulkier design; no wide color gamut, nor VESA mount compatibility.

Overall, the LG 24MP59G offers the most fantastic gaming performance here thanks to its more extensive 40-75Hz VRR range and the ability to use FreeSync with NVIDIA cards.

However, it’s more expensive, meaning that you’re much better off investing another $20 for one of the 144Hz models – even if you cannot get over 75FPS at the moment.

As for the other models listed, you can simply choose according to your budget or design and feature preference as they are all based on the same 22″/24″ IPS panels, but only Philips’ models have wide color gamut backlights.

Feel free to leave us a comment below if you’re not sure which budget monitor is best for you, and we’ll gladly help!

You may also want to visit our best monitors under $100 and best monitors under $150 guides for more info.

Note that there are two similarly named but different Philips 246E9Q monitors:

  • Philips 246E9QJA – the same monitor, but with two 3W built-in speakers + a DisplayPort input
  • Philips 246E9QSB – same as the 246E9QDSB, but without HDMI and FreeSync

Conclusion

All in all, the Philips 246E9QDSB is an excellent monitor for the price. It offers vibrant colors and smooth performance with diverse connectivity options and a VESA mount compatible design.

It’s the only monitor available at this price range that offers this specific combination of features, so it may be just what you’ve been looking for. 

Philips 246E9QDSB Specifications

Screen Size23.8-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate75Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-75Hz)
PortsDVI-D, HDMI 1.4, VGA
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
129% sRGB
VESAYes (75x75mm)

The Pros:

  • 75x75mm VESA mount compatible
  • Vibrant and consistent colors
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Not 100x100mm VESA mount compatible
  • Tilt-only stand
  • Narrow FreeSync range

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.