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Philips 288P6LJEB 4K 60 Hz 28-in Monitor Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Displays
Manufacturer: Philips

Physical Design

While the screen quality is very similar to the other 4K monitors that have made their way to our offices recently, the exterior quality of the Philips 288P6LJEB is top notch. It stands out as looking more "professional" but still maintains crucial features like VESA mount capability and stand rotation.

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The bottom bezel on the 288P6LJEB is larger than the sides and top, which is just fine for a single display configuration but would create larger than desired gaps if you were attempting to using multiple portrait monitors side by side. The bezel is matte finished though, as is the screen, so glare is greatly reduced.

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The rear of the panel isn't anything sexy to look at like the ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift, but it gets the job done. Rather than giving you a power cable and external brick, the Philips 288P6LJEB embeds the power supply inside the housing, making it larger but simplifying the cable clutter. One caveat: with only a 6-foot cable included in the box, you might be looking for an extension if your power connections are any distance from your desktop.

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The base is sturdy and we didn't have issues with the wobble seen on other low cost, 28-in panels.

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The OSD controls are capacitive and there are no hidden buttons on the bottom or back - you just touch the icons on the bezel to interact with them. It works surprisingly well! The OSD is fast and button response was actually better than many physical button implementations we have seen on monitors recently.

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As far as the stand itself goes, the Philips 288P6LJEB ships with a good one, capable of tilt, rotation and angle adjustment.

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Portrait mode is an option though keep in mind you will be fighting with viewing angles quite a bit more in this setup.

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Philips has included a pair of speakers rated at 3 watts and while they are very clearly monitor speaker quality, they are better than I expected. They should suffice for listening to a YouTube video or podcast but I wouldn't want to go extended periods on them or devote my music consumption time to them.

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Unfortunately, Philips went with the C6 style power connector (cloverleaf, Mickey Mouse) which means finding a replacement cable might be harder to find than normal.

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Display input connections include a dual-link DVI, MHL-capable HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA. This is the area where Philips has provided more functionality than any other 4K panel on the market, allowing legacy connection types to run at non-native resolutions. There is also a stereo headphone input and headphone connection jack for audio pass through.

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The Philips monitor also includes a USB hub on the right hand side that sports two USB 3.0 ports (one of which providing power for charging phones and tablets while off) and two USB 2.0 ports. The power switch for the 288P6LJEB is also located here.

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I came away from the Philips 288P6LJEB impressed with the build quality and design work including the bezel, buttons, stand and screen. (The matte finish featured in the photo above helps there as well.) The technology support for 4K / 60 Hz as well as legacy connections is fantastic but there is one important lingering issue for this monitor.

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November 4, 2014 | 04:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for the review, but the monitor world hasn't really been exciting in a long time. 4k is nice but not with all this 16:9 TN rubbish, and potentially interesting technologies like Gsync are made irrelevant by severe vendor lock in. Plasma is dead, SED/FED are dead, and OLED is stuck. I'm on a 14 year old Sony FW900 and it looks like I will be for the foreseeable future; after all these years, there still hasn't been a monitor to surpass it.

November 4, 2014 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)

I feel you bro...

I just gave it all up and will do without gaming till variable refresh OLED`s...

im done trying to "enjoy" games on fixed refreshes and LCD`s.

November 4, 2014 | 08:57 PM - Posted by nathanddrews

I envy you. After over a decade of loyal service, my FW900 exploded (literally). It's not all bad, though. I've got an Asus VG24BQE now and after I calibrated it, it's actually very, very attractive. 144Hz is nice, but I miss playing 2560x1600 on the olde CRT.

November 4, 2014 | 06:44 PM - Posted by Arlo (not verified)

Nice review. One note. the IEC 60320-C5 power adapter is very much a standard. Just like the IEC 60320-C13 (normally found on monitors, PCs and printers. You can find them on Amazon, MonoPrice etc.

November 5, 2014 | 02:12 AM - Posted by Branthog

Why is everyone so reluctant to build a 30" monitor now that we're finally getting enough pixels to really justify them?

... and wtf with all the TN panels?

November 5, 2014 | 05:17 AM - Posted by Ophelos

If u want a 4k ISP monitor, then you could just get the Dell UP2414Q 4K IPS monitor. But of course it'll cost you around $1000. An I'm sure they'll just go up in price with other OEMs.

November 5, 2014 | 04:06 AM - Posted by alkarnur

5K + IPS + 27/28" + 144Hz + FreeSync = Awesomeness.

One day...

December 15, 2014 | 11:24 AM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

if that's what you want the Apple (top end config) iMac will do most of the trick

November 5, 2014 | 04:46 AM - Posted by QD (not verified)

4k is basically in its preschool phase. Give it a couple of years.

November 5, 2014 | 08:41 AM - Posted by annoyingmouse (not verified)

I once had a Dell UltraSharp 2408 that had similar input lag, and while it didn't bother me most of the time, it made fast paced RTSs like StarCraft incredibly difficult to play.

November 5, 2014 | 02:33 PM - Posted by Wye (not verified)

Philips coming late in the game with the Innolux displays - and with a crappy high latency implementation of the TN panel.

Seriously, Philips, sell your TV/monitor division, its becoming pathetic.

November 10, 2014 | 11:45 AM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

Those who want a 30" 4K monitor should simply step up to a 32" 4K. Problem solved. In fact, any new 32" 4K model will likely have SST support so that is a plus. The only real issue should be the price. Most people don't want or care about 16:10.

Those who want something cheaper simply have to deal with the TN options at 28" or wait for the 27" IPS options that were supposedly coming.

The Asus PB279Q which was supposed to be released at under ~$1000 USD might fit the bill for some whenever that comes out,.....

As for G-Sync, I've never seen a G-Sync monitor with multiple inputs. If I were buying an expensive 4K monitor or 5K monitor I sure as hell would want more then just a single DisplayPort option.

December 15, 2014 | 11:26 AM - Posted by TinkerToyTech


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