Philips has revealed a pair of intriguing PC monitors just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show. One has a 4K resolution, while the other is equipped with Nvidia's G-Sync hardware.
Let's start with the UltraClear 288P6. This model spreads its 3840x2160 resolution over a 28" panel, resulting in a pixel density of 157 PPI.
The screen looks sharp, but the underlying TN panel is less than ideal. Philips claims the thing delivers 10-bit color, though, likely through dithering. I'm not aware of any TN panels capable of producing true 8-bit color, let alone hues with higher bit depths.
Otherwise, the 288P6 has an LED backlight, a 300 cd/m² brightness rating, and a height-adjustable stand that tilts, swivels, and rotates. Inputs include VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort, and Philips' MultiView tech allows two systems to share the screen simultaneously. There are also four USB ports onboard, two of which offer SuperSpeed connectivity. Expect the monitor to arrive in the spring with a $1200 price tag.
Philips' G-Sync-equipped gaming display is also coming in the spring, but it will have a much more affordable $649 price tag. It's smaller, at 27", and its 1920x1080 resolution is substantially lower. However, G-Sync's variable refresh rate should deliver much smoother animation in games, provided you use a matching GeForce graphics card.
Like the retrofitted Asus unit Scott has been using, the Philips display has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. G-Sync only updates the screen when a new frame is presented by the graphics card, so the actual refresh rate is effectively tied to the GPU render rate.
Philips isn't specific about the panel type, but it claims the display produces 16.7 million colors. The monitor's 170° horizontal and 160° vertical viewing angles match those of the 4K model, suggesting the presence of TN technology. Other specifications include a 300 cd/m² brightness rating and a 1000:1 contrast ratio.
Like its 4K sibling, the G-Sync monitor offers all sorts of adjustment options. It's limited to a single DisplayPort input, though, and there's no onboard USB connectivity. Also, the G-Sync magic requires a graphics card based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture.