Philips 278E8QJAB display offers high-end color at a low-end price

— 11:30 AM on March 1, 2017

Philips' E-series monitors are intended to be more affordable than the higher-end P-line. Affordable doesn't have to mean mediocre, though. The company's new beautifully-named 278E8QJAB monitor is a 27" LED-backlit display with a curved VA panel. Philips says the new display can reproduce a particularly-wide color gamut: up to 130% of the sRGB space, or 104% of the NTSC color space.

While we'd rather see the display's gamut compared to wider color spaces, those specs at least mean that the monitor's colors should be nice and vibrant, and a cut well above most offerings. The rich 3000:1 contrast offered by the VA panel on the 278E8QJAB should help with that, too. The 1920x1080 resolution and 75Hz refresh rate won't win it any awards, but there's FreeSync support on tap for some gaming action. Response time is rated at 4ms. VA panels' viewing angles aren't usually as clear as those of IPS LCDs, but the monitor's relatively sharp 1800R curvature means that it is probably best suited for a single viewer anyway.

The 278E8QJAB comes with DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connections, and a pair of integrated speakers. As usual with audio-enabled monitors, you also get 3.5-mm headphone and line-in jacks. Philips hasn't announced U.S. pricing or availability, but the company told Hexus that the monitor would be available in the UK later this month for £239, or around $294.

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