Philips Joins Price War with Acer Through a $600 4K Monitor of its Own
by Stephan Jukic – August 7th, 2014
The price wars on 4K PC monitors constantly keep heating up a notch it seems! While just a few months ago, there were pretty much no name brand 4K display monitors available for less than a couple thousand dollars, now there are already three from the major brands alone that cost well below a $1000 dollars.
First came Samsung, arguably the best manufacturer of 4K screens on the market today, with its $700 PC display monitor, and then a couple of months later along comes Acer with a very competitively priced and nicely built 4K UHD screen of its own at a suggested retail price of just $599. Now, Philips, one of the bigger brands in the world of 4K technology, has also released its own low priced (for 4K technology) 4K computer monitor at a retail price of only $600, about the same as Acer’s machine.
Now while you can find even cheaper 4K PC screens from lesser known up and coming brands such as Seiki and other companies from Taiwan or China, the major names in 4K are definitely in a price war on cornering a large chunk of the career professional and gaming market segments who most love the extreme resolution of 4K and really want to see it attached to their PCs.
The Philips 28 inch Ultra HD 28 inch display screen is the same size as both Acer’s and Samsung’s own versions of the same, sports the same powerful native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and really stands up on its own thanks to the powerful feature of it supposedly being able to run 4K at a refresh rate of 60 Hz as well.
This is an impressive claim because, while many 4K monitor models are claimed to be functional at 60Hz, the high and very smooth refresh rate only works if you dial down their resolution settings to conventional Full HD at 1080 pixels. Even powerful gaming and professional design PCs simply have a hard time handling smooth 4K rendering above 30 Hz, regardless of the power of their GPU (graphics card).
Since dialing down pixel settings to 1080p HD for the sake of enjoying a full 60 Hz pretty much defeats the purpose of even bothering with a 4K monitor (especially if you’re a gamer and absolutely need to see 60 Hz working on your screen), Philips claim of managing the refresh rate is impressive if true.
This is definitely one fine 4K monitor. It comes surrounded by a narrow black bezel and an ovoid base of the same color. It’s propped up by a silver neck and from this neck can be adjusted in several different flexible ways, including height, tilt, swivel and rotation between landscape and portrait positions. This is a flexibility shared by its cousins from Acer and Samsung.
Connectivity on the new Philips monitor is pretty comprehensive and includes ports for VGA, MHL, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. It also comes with two USB 2.0 ports and two much more important USB 3.0 ports. Interestingly, the connectivity of the Philips monitor is actually superior to Acer’s. The DisplayPort is full sized instead of mini (as is the case in the Acer 4K monitor) and the equally priced Acer monitor also doesn’t have either a VGA port or any USB 2.0 slots in case you need them instead of 3.0.
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