28'' Philips 4K monitor is way cheaper than expected


— 6:00 AM on August 7, 2014

Remember that 28" Philips 4K monitor we told you about in January? You know, the one with 10-bit color and a $1200 price tag? Well, you can now buy one on Amazon for half that price—and with free shipping to boot. Philips issued a whole press release and everything.

Turns out that release may have gone out a little late. According to Camel Camel Camel's archives, the monitor has been selling for $599.99 since June 15. There a few customer reviews dating back to early July, though not enough to get a good sense of what the thing is really like.

In any case, it's 28" 4K monitor for 600 bucks. And it's not some barebones model, either. The UltraClear 288P6LJEB has an adjustable stand that can pivot into portait mode. There's a four-port USB hub onboard; two ports run at Gen3 speeds, and one has a fast charging mode. You also get a range of video inputs: DisplayPort 1.2, MHL-HDMI, dual-link DVI, and even old-school VGA. Even picture-in-picture and side-by-side input modes are included.

The display is based on a TN panel that's supposed to deliver more than a billion colors. I suspect the panel is similar to the one in the Asus PB287Q Scott reviewed recently. That monitor has excellent color reproduction, so I wouldn't dismiss the Philips due to its TN credentials alone.

As one might expect, the UltraClear can refresh its 3840x2160 pixel array at 60Hz. The official product page doesn't mention if this is a single-tile unit, but I'd be shocked if it weren't. Other specifications include a 300 cd/m² brightness rating, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a 1-ms gray-to-gray response time.

On paper, at least, the UltraClear offers a lot more goodies for $49 less than the seemingly comparable Asus alternative. We may need to get the Philips in-house for testing to see how it stacks up.

   
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