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A Review of the Philips 288P6LJEB 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor w/ 3840 x 2160 resolution

by on April 21, 2015
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When it comes to 4K ultra HD monitors, price is not exactly one of their most attractive features. While the MSRPs of these machines are definitely going down over time, your average 4K ultra HD monitor is still going to cost you several hundred dollars at least and even the most affordable models retail for at least $400. This is where the Philips 28 inch 288P6LJEB comes into the picture. It’s not the cheapest on the market but it does represent a surprisingly affordable option for 4K PC pixel density if you’re a gamer or maybe a visual designer.

The Philips 288P6LJEB is a TN display, so right off the bat this puts it at the lower end of the display quality spectrum in certain ways. TN (Twisted Nematic film) lacks a few things in terms of color quality and off-angle viewing --for which IPS and IGZO are much better contenders-- but it does mean great on-screen response times for motion sequences and movement of digital graphics, so you’re not entirely losing out with the technology. TN is also relatively cheap to manufacture, which is why the 288P6LJEB is definitely one of the more affordable 4K displays on sale today.

Overall, this specific monitor offers a lot of value and cash-savings for the would-be 4K gamer or someone who just wants ultra HD pixel densities for their general PC use but the 288P6LJEB is definitely not up there with the best on the market.

The Good

For starters, if you’re a gamer, then the Philips 288P6LJEB is right up your alley in terms of overall price and due to its TN screen. Yes, you could go for an IGZO monitor for 4K gaming but the expense of one of these simply isn’t worth the price paid because the other benefits of IGZO (its much more varied color rendering mainly) simply don’t justify the hundreds of dollars in additional expense. In the case of TN, as we’d already mentioned, the Twisted Nematic film technology manages to combine affordability with an excellent rendering speed that’s perfect for gaming at 4K resolution.

Furthermore, the 288P6LJEB is nicely illuminated by an edge-lit LED backlighting array that does a fine job of making its 28 inch screen shine wonderfully. Edge-lit LED arrays may be inferior in the 55 -80 inch screens of 4K TVs where full-array backlighting really makes a notable difference but on a small PC monitor display, those LEDs along the edges offer more than enough brightness.

On top of these aspects, the 288P6LJEB shows itself to be even more suite for gamers in particular because it offers both a 16:9 aspect ratio and the ability to deliver those 3840 x 2160 pixels of resolution at a silky smooth 60Hz for gaming under conditions of 60 frames per second.

Additionally, the 288P6LJEB offers a full array of the connectivity features that should be standard for any 4K ultra HD monitor worth its salt and worth buying. These include 1 HDMI port with MHL, 1 DisplayPort connection, a DVI and VGA connection port that adds a nice legacy tough for analog graphics.

Finally, there is Philips’ SmartControl Premium software, which comes in a CD with the box or can be downloaded from the Philips website. This little software package will help you refine the screens calibration more easily by creating a desktop interface that gives you access to all the display image controls and associated test patterns. Unfortunately though, the adjustments of SmartControl can’t be done with calibration instruments, they’re strictly by eye.


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The Bad

As to the less than stellar features of the Philips 288P6LJEB, they aren’t many in number and none of them are major deal breakers but they do deserve a quick mention.

For starters, the brightness of the screen, despite being generally decent for dimly to moderately lit spaces somewhat fails under sunlit conditions. Tests done under these conditions showed that there is an uncomfortable amount of washout on the screen when its exposed to direct sunlight, and while this is always to be expected from any display monitor, it’s notably worse in the 288P6LJEB.

Additionally, the monitor could use a bit more contrast enhancement. It’s not terrible at maintaining a decent dynamic range but it fares worse than many competing monitors in the same price range with the same type of TN display technology.

Finally, and this is definitely to be expected for a TN display, off-angle viewing on the 288P6LJEB is only decent to about 45 degrees of center before color shift and detail loss start to occur and distort the image.

As for the monitor’s built-in speakers. While the very fact that these are even present is a definite good thing, they don’t perform as wonderfully as they could, particularly when it comes to bass.

Final Thoughts

For en extremely affordable (by 4K standards) UHD display monitor, the 288P6LJEB is more than adequate for most gamers and could even be considered a useful tool for people who want to do some graphic design and visual rendering work on it. However, if you’re looking for a truly professional package in your 4K PC display, you’re probably better off going for an IGZO monitor or at the very least getting your hands on an IPS display.

At the very least, the Philips 288P6LJEB does deliver on its promise of full 4K resolution at fluid, smooth refresh rates and a very good level of color saturation.

Specs

Weight: 11.5 lbs without stand, 17.7 with stand
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 25.9 x 22.6 x 10.7 inches with stand, 25.9 x 15.6 x 1.9 inches without stand
Screen size: 28 inches, measured diagonally
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 (official)
Colors: 1.07 billion colors
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: 60fps (Hz)
Screen Lighting: LED
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 1 HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, 1 DVI, 1 VGA, 1 USB 3.0
Response Time: 1ms SmartResponse but more likely 5ms

Highlights

Since this is a 4K monitor, you can’t really expect the same quantity of highlights as those you’d find on a 4K ultra HD TV but on there are definitely a few things particularly worth noting on the Philips 288P6LJEB

First of all, there are the built-in downfiring 3-watt stereo speakers that come as part of this particular 4K PC monitor. This is actually something of a unique feature because it’s not particularly common in many 4K monitors in general and is even less common in the UHD displays that are sold at the 288P6LJEB’s price range. While the speakers do lack a bit in the bass department, they perform surprisingly well for what they’re worth and best of all, they don’t seem to add much or anything to the overall retail price of the monitor.

Next, there is the Multiview feature of the 288P6LJEB. This little twist of technology has been put in place to let you create an active dual connection viewing system in which one side of the screen can be used for one type of PC activity while the other side is used for another. The two sides can function independently of one another so you can, for example, watch a 4k video on one half of the PC while editing document work on the other side of the screen.

Additionally, the 288P6LJEB is also surprisingly eco-friendly given that it’s a low user of power and has been built from 65% or more worth of post-consumer recycled plastics. It even has an EPEAT Gold rating that signifies the lowest possible impact on the environment for a piece of technology like this. Other environmental compliance ratings include: TCO Certified Edge, ENERGY STAR 6.0 rating, RoHS, and TCO Certified Displays 6.0.

Visual Specs

Aside from the standard characterstics of 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and TN display technology for a fast response time, the Philips 288P6LJEB works at assorted levels of quality in a number of other more technical visual specs.

Most importantly, the backlight generated luminance level is worth having a look at. Since this is one of the most solid measures of how reliable the PC monitor is at really creating vibrancy even in brightly lit settings it’s a crucial characteristic. And unfortunately, when it comes to the backlight generated white luminance level, the 288P6LJEB underperforms the competition by white a bit. While it claims to offer a luminance of 300cd/m2, in practice it really only seems to reach about 240 cd/m2 and at this level it’s well behind competitor monitors from Asus, Dell or Sharp, all of which manage at least 300 (and the Sharp PN-K321 a hefty 394, though, it is an IGZO panel).

At a luminance level of just 237 to 240 cd/m2, the 288P6LJEB is fine for more darkly lit rooms but fails miserably in a well-lit or sunny space.

As a direct consequence of this low luminance, the contrast ratio of the 288P6LJEB also suffers accordingly and here too the monitor falls well below a number of competitor displays in achieving contrast of only about 775:1 or slightly more. Not bad on the whole but considerably inferior to the 900+ contrast ratio of competing TN panel Asus and Dell monitors.

Even adjustments to the visual calibrations and setting sof the PC monitor’s luminance don’t really get rid of these above problems and the overall result is still a monitor that underperforms for its class and display type (as a 4K TN monitor).

In terms of color gamut performance and color gamut error margin, the 288P6LJEB does much better than it performs on luminance and contrast levels. Since color gamut performance is probably the second most important indicator after the brightness/contrast combo, this is a good thing.

In terms of its overall performance at rendering percentages of the Adobe RGB and the sRGB spectrums, the 288P6LJEB manages to effectively recreate 65.90% of the former (Adobe) and 96.11% of the latter (sRGB). These results aren’t all that bad at all.

Finally, in terms of its color gamut error margin, in this regard the 288P6LJEB does about the same as most other 4K monitors in its class, with a respectable color gamut error rate of just 2.05.

Connectivity

Connectivity-wise, the Philips 288P6LJEB does a solid, if unremarkable job of giving you what you need. It offers the essential connection ports that you’ll require for an effective display experience thanks to its HDMI 1.4 port with MHL capacity (ideal for transferring images and video from a mobile device) and its legacy oriented VGA port. And it also offers the option of a DisplayPort 1.2 connection for hooking the monitor right into your PCs 4K-ready video card and enjoying ultra HD PC games at a full, smooth 60Hz, or 60 frames per second. You also get a USB 3.0 port and a DVI slot.

Pricing

Pricewise, the Philips 288P6LJEB monitor is quite an affordable unit that definitely costs less than many competitor monitors, some of them even being TN monitors as well. A great comparable product is the UE590 Samsung and the Dell P2715Q. The 288P6LJEB is currently retailing on Amazon.com for $453.32.

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Not so Great

As we’ve already covered, some of the less than ideal features of the Philips 288P6LJEB monitor include its low contrast ratio, its rather badly underperforming level of luminance and the color/contrast distortions that quickly start to take effect once you view the screen from off-angles of 45 degrees or more.

Positives

• Excellent refresh rate
• Comes with decent built-in speakers
• respectably high color gamut performance
• 16:9 aspect ratio perfect for gaming
• Full connectivity that also includes VGA
• DisplayPort 1.2

Negatives

• Really poor luminance performance
• Vibrancy loss at off-angle viewing
• Low contrast level

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The bottom line for the Philips 288P6LJEB 4K ultra HD monitor is that for its price, it’s definitely not a bad purchase and could work wonderfully in a home-gaming environment. However, for professional graphic design use in a well-lit office environment, this is a less than ideal choice. Go for an IGZO panel instead.

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  • Cemal Gürel
    December 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    “… smooth 60Hz, or 60 frames per second.”

    60Hz means 30 frames per second! For 60 frames, you need to refresh the screen at 120Hz…

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