Philips 4K Ultra HD 288P6LJEB 28-inch 4k Monitor Review
Philips is getting into the 4K market with the Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED Backlit Monitor. Philips calls this 28 inch monitor ultra high definition at and ultra mainstream price. By using the term of “mainstream” in their official posting of the product on their site, the company is admitting that the audience is the typical consumer and not the ultimate video-philes who just “have to have” the latest in display technology.
Of course, the danger of creating a product that is for everyone at a nice price is that quality is the first thing to go. A closer examination of the Philips 288P6LJEB 28-inch monitor will reveal precisely how much it will be adored by every manner of consumer.
So, what more can we say about 4K? In case you didn’t know, that is four times clearer than Full HD, with resolution of 3840 x 2160 images. By the way, it also has over one billion colors, without visual abnormalities and gradations.
In case you are looking to do more than just compute while gaming, this can do it at 1 ms refresh for fast gaming.
What would a display be if it didn’t do multview? In this case, this allows you to view side-by-side views from connecting two devices, such as a desktop or a notebook. Or a Blu-ray and a computer, so you can watch and surf the net at the same time.
And what would a monitor be without built-in stereo speakers? Well, probably a lot like other monitors. In this case, it has a high quality down-firing stereo speakers built in and have three watts a piece.
Tom’s Hardware tested the brightness out, and they were surprised that it’s maximum brightness was not able for a situation in an outdoor location or a sunlit office. They also discovered that the contrast rate was also lower than most monitors of their type.
I’ve noticed that a lot of displays want to brag about their massively high viewing angles, so much so that most will give you a standard viewing angle of about 178 degrees. However, the tests run on the viewing angles on the previously mentioned review site Tom’s Hardware suggest that this is only good for about 45 degrees. After that, some reddish-green shift occurs on the horizontal plane. There is also some details lost when viewed at a vertical angle of 45 degrees.
In addition to the contrast, Tom’s hardware has also put that there is an input lag that is high than average.
PC Mag has reported that the down-firing, 3-watt speakers can be cranked up without any distortion, but they lack bass response. They also report that there are no advanced color settings like 6-point saturation and hue settings, and that the gray scale performance could be better.
If you are looking for a monitor for your computer or need an extra one just for gaming, then you could do worse by not going with the Philips 288P6LJEB 28-inch display. The price is pretty good for a product that seems to actually do 4K, as there are a lot of monitors out there that have 4K in the title but don’t actually achieve true 4K. Perhaps only the true 4K purists out there can even tell the difference, but this monitor’s low price could make you a 4K convert out of you.
Specs for the Philips 288P6LJEB 28-inch display.
Weight: 17.69 lb with stand, 11.53 without stand
Dimensions: 25.9 x 22.6 x 10.7 inches with stand, 25.9 x 15.6 x 1.9 without stand
Screen size: 28 inches, measured diagonally
Response Time: 5 ms gray to gray, but 1 ms for SmartResponse
Colors: 1.07 billion
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: unknown
Screen Lighting: unknown
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
OS Compatibility: unknown
Connectivity Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 2, VGA, DVI-Dual Link, DisplayPort 1.2, MHL-HDMI, Sync inputs
If you want to adjust the tilt or rotation angle, this is possible with a tilt of 25 degrees. You can also adjust the height up to six inches and swivel it up to 65 degrees to either side as well. I am told that it is possible to pivot the screen 90 degrees for Portrait-mode viewing. The base can give ergonomic display and comfort and a way to manage cables. In fact, the height adjustment is perfect for those who want to reduce eye fatigue and strain, especially those with vision problems.
In addition to all the features, it is also eco-friendly. It is made of 65 percent of post consumer recycled plastics, and it is also made with minimal hazardous materials. It is also made with Philips EPEAT GOLD for low emissions of climate changing green house gases.
In addition to this, the Philips 288P6LJEB comes with SmartControl Premium software included on a CD or you can download it from the Phlips’ website. There is some other software that includes window management for up to four quadrants of screens.
The 288P6LJEB has a bezel wit brushed-finish black plastic and chrome assets, and the base and back are also pretty solid as well. The display itself is also quite slim at 50 mm (two inches).
As for the controls, there are five touch-sensitive buttons on the lower bezel used to turn the monitor on and off as well as navigate through the settings menus. They are also hot keys for a Picture-in-Picture mode, choosing and audio source, as well as toggling between the six SmartImage picture preset options of Office, Photo, Movie, Game, Economy, and Off.
As far as I can tell, it looks like Philips 288P6LJEB really has achieved 4K with its 3840 x 2160 resolution. With the 1 ms refresh on SmartResponse, 1.07 billion colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and 1,000:1 contrast, then you have a screen with some serious details going on.
You should be able to use Dual Link DVI, VGA, Display Port, Universal HDMI connector as well as USB 3.0 option. USB 3.0 deploys a 5.0 gbit/s transfer rate, 10 times faster than USB 2.0. I’m told that there are four USB ports total with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. I am also told that it comes with DVI, VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort cables, and also comes with a handy manual.
You can also get a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), which is a mobile audio/video interface for a direct connection with mobile phones and other portable devices, turning it into a high-definition display. So basically, if it is on your tablet, it can be on your 4k TV with a simple connection of cable.
The MSRP price on this is about $799.99, and yes, that might be more than you are willing to pay for a monitor such as this at 28 inches. However, it has been spotted on Amazon for as low as $449.99, and this would be the deal that you would want for something of this caliber.
I suppose that we are seeing a very low budget 4K display here, and we are going to see a lot more like them. There is a problem with the sound with the speakers and the sight of the viewing angle, which is probably the worst.
Actual 4K achieved with 3840 x 2160 resolution
Over one billions colors
1 ms response time, good for gaming
Multiview from different sources
Dual 3 Watt down-firing stereo speakers
Made of a lot of post consumer recycled goods
Low maximum brightness
Low viewing angles
Higher than average input lag
Problem with speakers