Philips 27″ 272B8QJEB monitor is a 10-bit workhorse

Philips has a new monitor headed to stores that might be of interest to gerbils employed in the fields of photo editing or graphic design. The beautifully-named 272B8QJEB is a 27" monitor with a 2560×1440-resolution IPS panel with 10 bits per color channel and a 12-bit LUT.

Despite the high color precision, this display's color gamut is fairly typical for business monitors. Philips says the 272B8QJEB can represent 72% of the NTSC colorspace, which translates roughly to around 100% of sRGB. The display supports VESA adaptive sync—better known as FreeSync—but the frequency range is only 40-60Hz.

Otherwise, the 272B8QJEB is a fairly typical business monitor. Philips specs it for a 5-ms response time, 250 cd/m² maximum brightness, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It does have a PWM-free backlight and a low-blue-light mode. Unsurprisingly, given its IPS panel, the display has essentially "perfect" viewing angeles at 178º both horizontally and vertically.

Workers can hook up to the 272B8QJEB with HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, dual-link DVI (with HDCP support), or regular old analog VGA connectors. There's a 3.5mm audio-in jack if you want to use the built-in 2-W stereo speakers, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack in case you'd rather not. The built-in USB hub has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 jacks, one of which has fast-charging support. The included stand supports tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments along with variable height.

The 272B8QJEB just appeared on Philips' European websites, and hasn't even shown up in e-tail shops over there yet. There's yet no word of when it might be available over here in the 'States, or for how much.

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    • dpaus
    • 2 years ago

    As a PSA to my fellow gerbils, I have to tell you that about 18 months ago, we standardized on a Phillips 4K monitor (I’d have to look up the model number, which I will on request) for our next-Gen system for 9-1-1 centres. Four months later, after multiple RMAs, we had to replace all of them at our own expense. They would randomly pop up the On-Screen Menu, which 9-1-1 operators said was quite annoying in the middle of trying to save someone’s life. Needless to say, we don’t buy Phillips monitors anymore – and we suggest that friends don’t either.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Whatever you do, don’t order the 272B8QIJEB or you’ll be in a world of hurt.

    (This terrible joke was brought to you by ridiculous product names.)

    • Airmantharp
    • 2 years ago

    This sounds just about perfect for most photographers, depending on price.

    Generally speaking, you actually [u<]want[/u<] just SRGB for most photography, because that's how it will be used/displayed- on a computer/tablet/phone. The only time most would want to switch to a different editing and output colorspace is if the output was to a printer or other device that also supported said colorspace. [and the only real reason for greater than SRGB coverage for photography is for extremely color critical applications, such as high-end artwork and product photography, where a medium-format camera is likely to also be employed...]

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      I would have agreed with you some time ago (read: two or three years ago) but most phones and tablets that are popular these days have wider color gamuts, and mappings, than sRGB. The Pixel phones, all the iPhone models (except the SE I think?), the S8 and S9, and likely many more.

      Now obviously that doesn’t mean that your phone is where you’re going to be doing intensive image inspection or editing, but they do offer the capability by default these days. Most Mac machines are also P3 these days (at least, all the MBPs are). But yeah, I will concede that the vast, vast, vast majority of laptop and desktop displays are surely closer to sRGB than anything else, if even they cover that.

      I just wish people could agree on it and stick with one thing. And IMHO, anything that displays less than 100% sRGB these days doesn’t make the cut.

      (and even though I said all this, yes, my DSLR is set to sRGB output too)

      • gerryg
      • 2 years ago

      While this wouldn’t be good for playing/testing games, would it be good for creating game art assets? (probably same for digital art where print is not a consideration?) My hunch is yes, but not sure. Only reason maybe not is if said assets need to be used for a print marketing campaign? But only a fraction of the assets would need to be print-capable, so seems likely you would just import and tweak on a better colorspace system.

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