Philips 278E1A 27 inch UHD modelAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” button at the bottom of this post. Where possible, you'll be redirected to your nearest store. Further information on supporting our work.
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.
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.
Further details to be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available for ~$240 (~£260).