Philips has announced yet another monitor aimed at professional and aspiring designers, the Philips 276E8FJAB professional monitor. It resembles the previous monitor announced by Philips, the Philips 278E8QJAB, which we’ve found to have only a single drawback – the rather low 1080p resolution for a monitor of such size. The Philips 276E8FJAB PC monitor, however, features the 1440p QHD resolution, among other things, but doesn’t have the slight curvature as its counterpart from the Philips E-Line series of the ultra-wide color gamut monitors. It does offer an awesome design though as well as many exclusive features.
2560×1440 Resolution (WQHD, 1440p)
16:9 Aspect Ratio
8-bit IPS Panel
4ms Response Time (GTG)
Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Audio Line-Out
Built-in Speakers: 2x3W
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Static Contrast: 1,000:1
Dynamic Contrast: 20M:1
Pixel Pitch: 0.23 mm
The Philips 276E8FJAB display features an 8-bit IPS panel which ensures the flawless 178-degree viewing angles and accurate and consistent colors required for the professional designing work. The Ultra-Wide Color gamut of the monitor covers 114% of the NTSC (CIE 1976) and 132% of the sRGB (CIE 1931) color space which is considerably greater than the conventional monitors that cover around 99% of the sRGB. In addition to the high pixel density of 109 pixels per inch due to the crisp 1440p resolution on a 27-inch screen, professional editors will have adequate tools for creating high-quality content of all sorts.
Besides the eye-candy design, the Philips 276E8FJAB screen is also flicker-free and features the LowBlue Mode which filters the harmful blue lights and allows you to work, read, and enjoy movies or video games for hours without straining your eyes.
Furthermore, the exclusive Philips SmartImage Lite feature automatically analyzes the content on the screen and adjusts optimal contrast, color saturation, and sharpness parameters in order to best suit the scenario on the screen. You will be able to toggle between several different scenarios via the monitor’s hotkey.
Although it cannot be considered as a gaming monitor due to the low refresh rate and lack of adaptive-sync for the price, it will still undoubtedly offer a brilliant image quality in video games. The quick 4ms response time speed in the gray to gray mode will even allow you to have a blur-free gaming experience in the fast-paced video games, although you’ll still be far behind other players in competitive games who have 144Hz gaming monitors. Nevertheless, casual gamers who prefer slow-paced games such as turn-based strategies and adventures will be able to enjoy stellar image quality and a pleasant gameplay.
Design & Connectivity
The beautiful glossy black design comes at the cost of ergonomic functionalities as only the screen of the monitor is adjustable by -5, 20 degrees tilt; It has no VESA mount compatibility nor height adjustment option. However, the Philips 276E8FJAB monitor features an engaging ultra-thin bezel with an edge-to-edge image for a cinematic viewing experience. The screen of the monitor is covered with an anti-glare matte material.
The connector ports include an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, a VGA, two audio line-out ports, and an audio line-in for the 2x3W built-in speakers.
The Philips 276E8FJAB price will be around $440 once it’s released. Considering its high 1440p QHD resolution, a beauteous design with an edge-to-edge picture, and the wide color range gamut aimed at the professional designers, the price seems reasonable. The Philips 276E8FJAB release date should be sometime in May 2017.
If you’ve taken a liking to the design, but are thrown off by the price, Philips also has a cheaper alternative with nearly identical design, the Philips 278E8QJAB. It’s significantly cheaper yet it offers AMD FreeSync, a slightly curved screen, and a VA panel, but it has a max resolution of 1920×1080 Full HD. While the lower resolution does make a picture appear somewhat pixelated if you’re standing too close to the screen, it also makes the monitor more affordable and requires less powerful computer equipment.
The Philips 276E8FJAB IPS display offers true 8-bit color depth with precise and vibrant colors that will meet the demands of both professional and aspiring designers, photographers, and alike. Furthermore, it provides a cinematic viewing experience thanks to its narrow bezels and the edge-to-edge image which neatly complement the 1440p resolution on a 27-inch screen. With its exclusive features, you will be able to work, play, and watch movies for hours without feeling eye fatigue or discomfort due to the blue light filter and flicker-free screen. Lastly, the Philips SmartImage Lite features allow you to quickly apply the accordingly optimized settings for your activity on the screen via a single press on the monitor’s hotkey.
The Philips 276E8FJAB offers a crisp 1440p resolution and true 8-bit color depth with ultra-wide color gamut which covers 132% of the sRGB color gamut. Moreover, its beautiful design features ultra-thin bezel and an edge-to-edge image, but limited ergonomic support.