Philips 276E6ADSS; An In-Depth Review


One of the challenges of recommending monitors is the variation of users and their needs. Photo editors will look for displays with perfect colour reproduction and deep contrast, while gamers will demand for high pixel response time and refresh rates. Philips 276E6ADSS leans towards the former as it boasts 99% AdobeRGB gamut, while also running with decent response time for good gaming experience. For its price, this Philips monitor is quite a promising piece, but how does it stand in the fierce competition of 27-inch displays? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Philips 276E6ADSS is best for buyers looking for a good all-around monitor, with good colour accuracy at a budget price. This monitor is aimed for graphic artists, photographers and video editors, or anyone in need of great color.

 

Benefits

This monitor however, brings something new to the table – it combines LEDs with a rail of Quantum dots rather than the usual phosphor coating, a strategy we haven’t seen in any of the monitors before. This allows the screen to yield wider color gamut, minus the relative cost and complexity of the common solutions such as GB-LED and RB-LED.

 

Impressive Colors for Better Viewing Experience

Philips 276E6ADSS is an impressive performer in terms of image quality, this is due to the good combination of brightness, contrast, and of course, colour accuracy.

Brightness level reaches up to 324 lux, which is impressive for a monitor of its kind and price. Contrast is at 620:1, which is also considered good as the best high-end ones out there score 1000:1, while the worst sits all the way down to 300:1. Gamma may be a little off target, as it is in 2.3 instead of 2.2. This means images may appear a little darker than they supposed to be, but this deviation is barely noticeable.

For colour accuracy, this Philips monitor scores 1.16 right out of the box (lower score is better) and can be even improved with some calibration. This is one of the best aspects of this Philips monitor, certainly hard to beat for a display of its price.

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


The screen also boasts 95% sRGB coverage. Though most monitors would claim to have 99%, majority of them fall to somewhere around 75 to 85%. If the sRGB is really 99%, then they simply fall to around 95%.

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


It also comes with Color IQ from QD Vision, which is an innovative semiconductor nanocrystal technology that emits precision light, making colors more colorful; bluer blue, greener green and redder red, as it has more dynamic color range, able to show the true palette of colors of images. The result? More dynamic and vibrant colors.

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


Ready to Rock, No Need for Tune Ups

Calibration doesn’t bring much to the table. Gamut is at 99% sRGB and 95% AdobeRGB, while maximum brightness, contrast, and black levels hold firm, budging a little with only small margin of error. Calibration software will definitely help in smoothing the gamma curve, but it is colour accuracy that benefits most from calibration. It is already a strong aspect of Philips 276E6ADSS, but good calibration will catapult the color accuracy from 1.16 to 80. It is however, worth noting that the screen’s quality is right within the range of error the human eye have trouble distinguishing, not to say that it was far off before calibration.

After calibrating, you will get solid image quality. Though not as amazing as high-end displays, the strong color gamut and good color accuracy makes vibrant look to the content. But as said earlier, colors may look more vivid than natural. Grass for example, may look like it’s glowing, while sand appear to be red instead of brown or tan.

Contrast is also good enough to deliver reasonable picture depth, and the brightness can easily beat distracting room lights. However, dark areas of the screen may look gray or silver.

Philips 276E6ADSS have, gets easily beaten by favorite monitors like the Acer S277HK and the Dell P2715Q. Both have more balanced color and better black levels, allowing their screen to deliver better overall picture. This Philips monitor however, is solid all-around for its price. But again, it’s a budget monitor.

 

Design and Features

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


Design wise, Philips 276E6ADSS doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill monitor, the semi-gloss white color gives it quite a unique kind of elegance, while the moderately thick bezel adds sleek appeal. It’s certainly a unique color choice than the black and gray plastic we’ve all been accustomed to. The front is certainly its most striking feature. The bottom bezel has a slight lip, which is a design choice for Philips, but it also houses the control buttons. The surface of the screen is medium matte anti-glare.

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


It sports a slender body, measuring only 0.87 inches at its thinnest point, and bulks a little bit at the center. The backside of the cabinet features a glossy white plastic.

 

 

Buttons and Controls

Touch-Sensitive Controls Can Be Too Sensitive

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


Many users have an issue against touch control monitors. Though they add to the user experience, it can be annoying to use, especially if you’re new to it and the touch response is overeager. In the case of Philips 276E6ADSS, holding a hand near or pushing something too close to the screen will trigger the touch response.

The OSD (on-screen display) is located at the bottom lip of the screen to the right side. They are faced down, facing the desk, with a diagonal slant. The buttons are actually impossible to see in normal viewing position. As said earlier, the buttons are overly touch sensitive, which makes accidental presses common. The pin-prick style power LED which also faces down, is one good redeeming quality. It glows white when the monitor is on, and flashes when it doesn’t receive signal from the computer.

The first buttons shows up the first Preset, which is the SmartImage feature. The second is the Input Select (VGA, DVI, MHL-HDMI selection), the third button resizes the screen image to 4x5 Aspect Ratio, the fourth is the Menu button, which sits beside the Power Button.

For the Main Menu system, the section includes Input, Picture (for further customization, such as to change picture format, brightness contrast of 0-100, SmartContrast, Gamma with target gamma curve from 1.8 – 2.6, Pixel Orbiting and Over Scan), Audio, Color (Color Temperature of 6500K or 9300K, Adobe RGB, sRGB and User Define), Language (21 languages), OSD settings (change the position of OSD window on the screen, transparency and time out) and Setup.

 

Connectivity

 

Philips 276E6ADSS (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet houses the I/O ports of the monitor, which are facing backwards.

Like many Full HD display (1080p) with 60Hz Refresh Rate monitors, Philips 276E6ADSS offers VGA, HDMI (with MHL) and DVI-D inputs. Also, it provides a 3.5mm audio out pass the HDMI audio signal through, since it doesn’t come with speakers. There’s also a K-slot at the bottom right.

There’s also an external power brick to power the display, which is not normally a problem. The power supply cord that comes with the box however, is quite short, which means you may have to put it on the desk or hang it awkwardly, both can be annoying if you’re trying to clear clutter off your desk. 

 

Unique and Sleek Stand, But with Lots of Challenges and Issues

The stand is also another interesting feature design wise – it’s a champagne ring that sticks straight off the back of the cabinet. Philips however, the stand will come in silver color for North American version. Like its cabinet, the stand looks sleek, this certainly adds to the unique elegant appeal of the monitor. However, as it most ambitiously creative factory monitor stands out there, it doesn’t work well.

The post ties the stand and the cabinet together, and doesn’t provide a wide point of connection. It makes the monitor look like it’s floating off the desk, but it’s not because of a good design, rather, because the monitor bobs and slightly tilts when the cabinet is disturbed. Also, adjustability and ergonomic are quite limited. It only offer tilt adjustment (5° forwards, 20° backwards). And unfortunately, there are no VESA-compliant mounting holes to fix that.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

The color gamut of Philips 276E6ADSS brings quite an unique and intriguing technology in combining LEDs with Quantum Dots, rather than the usual phosphor coating. And it definitely delivers its purpose – provide much wider colour gamut minus the cost and complexity of the competing solutions like GB-LEDs and RB-LEDs. The massive colour gamut even exceeds the Adobe RGB in many areas, dwarfing the standard sRGB color gamut. Unfortunately though, Philips didn’t provide a way to cut the color gamut down, as it lacks any sort of emulation mode for sRGB and Adobe RGB colour space. For anyone looking to use the monitor with Adobe RGB content, the rather comprehensive coverage should be enough to do the trick. Though the sRGB content look overly saturated, and don’t come with emulation modes, any colorimeter can easily fix it. Some users may like the highly vibrant and unrealistic effect, and the monitor indeed, still benefit from strong colour consistency and shade variety of its IPS-type panel. It’s a budget-friendly alternative, and its 1080p display can be a disadvantage for anyone looking to work on higher resolution


As with other monitors using IPS panel, contrast performance is impressive. Static contrast may be slightly weaker than other IPS panels we have tested before, but it does come with the usual ‘IPS glow’, drowning out low-end detail peripherally. And though the screen’s surface is not as ‘light’ as other models sporting GB-LED backlight solutions, the screen remained smooth, with no signs of obtrusively grainy surface.

For responsiveness, this Philips monitor runs at 60Hz refresh rate, which is on par with many monitors with decent gaming capabilities. There may be some unsightly artifacts in fast-paced action-packed scenes and games, but they mostly vary. There were no observable overshoot, as long as you turn its ‘SmartResponse’ feature on.

There were some mishaps of course, such as the poor colour balanced right out of the box. They have no emulation settings to cut down the native colour gamut and the medium matte screen surface takes some of the clarity and vibrant pop. Design wise, they could have done more for the stand, or at least, provide VESA mounting holes.

The good news is, Philips offers 3-year warranty for the 276E6ADSS, which is a great plus, as moth monitors only offer 12 months, at most 2-year warranty. This says a lot about the quality of their product.

All in all, the Philips 276E6ADSS is a quite an interest monitor with its wide colour gamut through the use of new technology. It is also one of the more affordable options out there, making it tough to beat, depending of course, on your priorities. It may come with some compromises, but if wider colour gamut and sharp images is what you’re after, as well as affordable price, then this one is for you.



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