Philips 278E1A 27 inch UHD model

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For its combination of price, pixel density and performance the Philips 276E8VJSB is a popular choice for the budget-conscious 4K-seeker. The Philips 278E1A offers similar characteristics, replacing the housing with that found in other members of the ‘E1’ series (including the praiseworthy 328E1CA). The bottom bezel is matte black with a brushed texture, whilst the top and side bezels offer a dual-stage design. This includes a slim hard plastic outer component and a slender panel border, flush with the rest of the screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, to the right.

A sensible design

The monitor uses a 60Hz 27″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel (In-Plane Switching or similar) from Panda Electronics. This offers a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support (8-bit + FRC). A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering 109% sRGB coverage and a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitor is factory calibrated with a claimed DeltaE <2 and an included 'SmartUniformity' Uniformity Compensation (UC) setting. 'LowBlue Mode' Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, to be taken with the usual dose of salt. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, but 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included for alternative mounting. The ports face backwards in a recessed area and include; DC power input (external 'power brick'), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2, a 3.5mm audio input and 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 3W speakers are also included for added convenience.

VESA holes at the rear

Further details to be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available for ~$240 (~£260).

Philips 278E1A