Philips 276E8VJSB Review: Cheapest 4K IPS Monitor

Philips 276e8vjsb Review 2019

Introduction

The Philips 276E8VJSB is one of the cheapest 27″ 4K IPS monitors available; in fact, it’s the cheapest such model that’s not from an off-brand manufacturer.

Naturally, some sacrifices had to be made in order to decrease the monitor’s price. In this review, we’ll go over what those sacrifices are and whether they’re worth it.

Image Quality

The Philips 276E8VJSB monitor is based on an IPS panel with dithered 10-bit color depth (8-bit + 2-bit FRC) and ~109% sRGB color gamut.

The slightly extended sRGB gamut provides you with more saturated colors (not over-saturated, which is good) which makes them look more lifelike.

If you need to do some color-critical work, you can limit the gamut to the sRGB space for less vibrant, but more accurate color reproduction.

Overall, the colors are accurate, consistent, and vibrant, as expected from a 4K IPS monitor. Further, the 178-degree wide viewing angles ensure that the image won’t shift in color, contrast, or brightness when you look at the screen at an angle.

Other panel-related specifications include a 350-nit peak brightness and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio which is standard for an IPS display at this price range. The 350-nit luminance is more than enough for a comfortable viewing experience, even in well-lit rooms.

4K UHD resolution on a 27″ screen of the Philips 276E8VJSB results in a pixel density of 163 PPI i.e. pixels per inch. This makes for plenty of screen space as well as stunning detail clarity.

Note that you will need to scale your interface in order to make small items such as text readable which will in turn decrease the amount of available screen space, but increase the clarity and sharpness of details. 

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Performance

The Philips 276E8VJSB 4K monitor has an exceptionally low input lag of only ~3ms at 60Hz which makes for no perceptible delays in video games or any other use.

Naturally, being locked to 60Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) will repulse most of PC gamers, especially those who prefer fast-paced games, as they can opt for a lower-resolution/higher refresh rate display at this price range instead.

Keep in mind that 4K UHD is quite demanding even at 60Hz when it comes to the latest PC titles. Add to that the fact that the Philips 276E8VJSB doesn’t feature AMD FreeSync which would provide a variable refresh rate (VRR) for compatible GPUs thereby eliminating screen tearing and stuttering, at least within the 40-60Hz/FPS VRR range.

FreeSync would’ve also been quite useful for Xbox One X, but since most of the console games are locked to 30FPS, and the VRR range of most 4K FreeSync monitors starts from 40FPS anyway, it’s not a big loss.

Moving on, the Philips 276E8VJSB display has a response time speed of 5ms (GtG) which is enough to eliminate any prominent trailing left behind fast-moving objects.

There are four response time overdrive (SmartResponse) modes: Off, Fast, Faster, and Fastest. We recommend using either Fast or Faster as the Fastest option introduces pixel overshoot.

Lastly, the monitor uses DC (direct current) to regulate its brightness intensity meaning that there’s no flickering, so those sensitive to it don’t have to worry about getting headaches or eye strain after extended periods of using the screen.

Features

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The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the Philips 276E8VJSB IPS monitor is controlled via the joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the screen.

The menu is quite basic while the OSD joystick is a bit stiff, but the navigation through the settings is still more enjoyable than it’s on most monitors with pressable buttons.

There are many useful features in the OSD menu including Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture, four levels of low-blue light emission filter, the SmartImage pre-calibrated presets (FPS, RTS, Racing, and two customizable Gamer profiles), and the standard picture adjustments including five gamma presets (from 1.8 to 2.2).

Design & Connectivity

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The Philips 276E8VJSB has a tilt-only stand by -5°/20° and it’s not VESA mount compatible while the screen is coated with a low-haze (25%) 3H anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, and a headphones jack. The monitor supports HDCP 2.2 meaning that you can watch copy-protected content from streaming services such as Netflix in the native 4K UHD resolution.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Philips 276E8VJSB price ranges from $230 to $280 which is great value for the money.

If you can afford something a bit pricier, we recommend having a look at the LG 27UL500 which offers VESA mount compatibility as well as AMD FreeSync and is available around $280-$350.

Now, if the Philips 276E8VJSB is priced at $280 and the LG 27UL500 is available for $280 – $300, you should definitely go for the LG model.

In case the price difference is higher than ~$40, go with the LG 27UL500 only if you intend on mounting the screen at some point and/or if you have a FreeSync-compatible GPU/console.

The LG 27UL500 is also available as the LG 27UL550 model which has a fully ergonomic design, and can also be found within the $300-$350 price range.

While the LG 27UL500 and 27UL550 models support HDR (High Dynamic Range), their support is just software-enabled. They lack proper color gamut, brightness, and contrast ratio for a notable improvement in picture quality for HDR-compatible content. So, don’t get the UL500/550 just because of their ‘HDR’ support which is more a marketing gimmick than anything else.

For more information and alternatives, visit our best 4K monitor buyer’s guide.

Conclusion

If you don’t mind the drawbacks (lack of FreeSync and VESA mount) of the Philips 276E8VJSB, it’s an excellent 4K IPS monitor for the price as it offers a striking picture quality and smooth performance.

Philips 276E8VJSB Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Vibrant and precise colors
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Not VESA mount compatible
  • Tilt-only stand
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  • 8/10
    Design - 8/10
  • 9.2/10
    Display - 9.2/10
  • 8.1/10
    Performance - 8.1/10
  • 9.5/10
    Price/Value - 9.5/10
8.7/10

Summary

The Philips 276E8VJSB is an excellent 27″ 4K IPS monitor for the price. While it does lack some important features such as FreeSync and VESA mount compatibility, it’s also cheaper than the alternatives which may be a good trade-off for those with a limited budget or for those don’t need the said features.

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