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

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 1920×1080 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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    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    1080p 27″, *slidewhistle*


    • LoneWolf15
    • 3 years ago

    It’s been some time since I’ve seen a Philips product in the computer world that had the quality control at the level I desired. I might trust them for LED light bulbs and electric toothbrushes, but not for TV/LCDs.

    • FranzVonPapen
    • 3 years ago

    No HDR? No thanks.

    • mcnabney
    • 3 years ago

    Who is this display aimed at?
    That color space might sound good, but you just lost everyone interested in it with VA and those giant pixels.
    Gamers would just sneer at fixed refresh rates capped at 75hz.
    My guess is low-knowledge base consumers that still think a curved screen is amazing.

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      AOC and a few others make a 32-inch version of this, and I’ve supplied it to three ‘customers’ (I build for mates and family) as of today.

      You and I worry about pixel density – the rest of the casual gaming world want the biggest panel they can fit on their desk, and their games to run well on it. For most, that’s a consistent 40-odd FPS (that’s subjective of course but that’s just me, sitting down with them, tweaking their settings until it’s ‘smooth’ enough for them – and 40 seems to be the magic number).

      FreeSync, 1080p, 75Hz is an excellent pairing with an RX470 or even RX480 – they sit at 60-75 FPS all day in most titles, and there’s a huge difference between 60 and 75Hz fixed.

      If you need to squeeze a big panel into a budget of around $2,000 (AUD, not US), this latest crop of big 75Hz FreeSync panels lets the budget-constrained get in on VRR and get a ‘big monitor’ for a little price.

      In the mainstream world, nobody cares about pixel size, even at 32-inch 1080p. They’re usually used to a PS3 on a 40-inch telly – anything is a step up.

    • Vaughn
    • 3 years ago

    27′ and 1080p is a no sale for me.

    Doesn’t matter how thin the bezels are or how pretty the display is.

    No thank you.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Death to curved screens, what’s next RGB displays!!!!

    Edit: Make lines straight again!

      • GrimDanfango
      • 3 years ago


      What really irritates me is the fallacy that this makes the image in any way more “correct”. Until they invent cameras with cylindrical-curved sensors (good luck designing lenses for *that*!) and GPUs that can render to a cylindrical projection, curved monitors are and always will *distort* the damned image.

      Please stop it!

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        It *does* make the image more “correct” though.

        As long as you are sitting perpendicular to the center of the screen, there is minimal geometry distortion but the curve does reduce the viewing angle at the edges. VA suffers minor colour shift off-angle, and black depth-loss, whilst IPS suffers corner glow and even greater black-depth loss as early as 15 degrees off perpendicular.

        If a curve can keep your viewing angle at the edges under 15 degrees then it’s totally worth it.

    • tay
    • 3 years ago

    Same panel as the Samsung LC27F591FDNXZA?
    (What the fuck kind of name is that) [url<][/url<]

    • brucethemoose
    • 3 years ago

    Seems rather expensive when you can get a 40″ 4k TV for less than that, and when 1440p/110hz was that same price 5 years ago.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Sure, 1080p isn’t high end for a 27″ monitor, and neither is 75Hz, but it is VRR, and have you seen the prices HDR monitors are going for!?! You’ve also got the “curved” buzzword. All that considered, the price is actually pretty good IMO. If not for the resolution, I’d be interested.

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