Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB: An In-Depth Review

Though more and more IT products have evolve fast, developments in monitors is not as fast as the others. Though larger screens are the norm, and more and more large screens are being introduced to the market, most common resolutions remain at 1920 x 1080p. Philips is one of the few manufacturers out there that helped pushed for change. Their latest installation is the Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB, a large screen monitor equipped with some handy features and operates at 2560 x 1440. Is this monitor worth its price tag? Find out here at Dual Monitors Guide’s review.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a larger monitor screen, then you should know that you need a larger resolution. The Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB is a big 27-inch WQHD monitor with PLS (Plane Line Switching) technology panel fully capable of delivering darker blacks and wider viewing angles.


Crystal Clear Display with Solid Features


The Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB may not have the most number of features you can expect from its size and price range, but it is very much equipped with strong set of features for versatile use.

Equipped with SmartControl Software

Equipped with Philips' SmartControl software, Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB, lets you change your monitor’s display and picture setting straight from your keyboard and mouse for easier operation. This feature lets you tweak your monitor’s Brightness Level, Black Level and White Point, Contrast, and Gamma settings. You can also schedule the days and time of the day you want your monitor to automatically power down. There are six (6) picture presets (dubbed as SmartImage) in this monitor, including Office, Photo, Game, Movie, Economy and Off (Standard).


Decent Color Accuracy and Grayscale Performance

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Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEBs performance is a mix of good and not-so-good things (not entirely bad). Colors from different test images seem vibrant, but we have to base their quality through Chromaticity test. Chromaticity test shows that all red, blue and green colors are slightly off their ideal CIE coordinates, though red is extremely relatively close. None of the colors were far from the ideal though, and they don’t appear oversaturated. If your computer work needs spot-on accurate colors however, you have to calibrate this monitor’s color settings.

Grayscale performance is also not great, but decently good for all-around use. It can’t display all shades of gray right based on the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test; the three darkest shades appear black rather than gradually progressing to shades of gray. Light grayscale performance is slightly better than the black however, but the two lightest shades appear whitewashed. These issues can cause shadow details to images.


Fairly-Good 6ms Pixel Response for Versatile Computing Use

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The 6ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response of MultiView 272P4QPJKEB may be far from the ideal, but it works decently enough for both demanding gaming and action-packed movies. Expect to see some blurring from time to time while playing games like on both PC and PS3. Unless you are a hardcore gamer who demands for excellent pixel response performance, this Philips monitor can be enough.

Dual Monitor or Multiple Monitor Setup Options

The 2560 x 1440 resolution of MultiView 272P4QPJKEB should be enough to give you an idea of how good this display is for its size. Though not really built for gaming and entertainment, this monitor still has some of the qualities you can expect from a good-quality all-around display. The large screen may be enough for most types of use, but if you work on multiple apps and windows at once, and you’re looking for more screen real estate, then you will never go wrong with dual monitor or multiple monitor setup of this display. The nice design and thin bezel allows convenient and flexible multi-monitor setup. Also, the stand supports various adjustability options; you can rotate this monitor for different orientation, adding more flexibility to your workstation.

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If you want better adjustability and ergonomics than what the stand can offer, or if you want to fully revamp your workspace with a better work desk, LCD monitor arm or  LCD wall mount, then you should check out LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm or LX Dual Stacking Arm. Both products comes from Ergotron, one of the world's leading provider of computer ergonomic solutions.  Both can extend up to 25 inches, with 18 inches  range adjustment, allowing you to push your monitor completely out of the way when not in use, and free your desk. It is a very versatile solution, easy to setup and install to your workstation, and effortless to use.

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If you want to completely replace your existing desk with a new one, and still have that sit-stand option for dual monitor setup, then you can opt for sit-stand desks like the Vertdesk Electric Adjustable Height Desk. This desk is one of the most affordable options of its kind, but make no mistake about its price tag, as it is fully equipped with great components and quality build. It comes with a push button control for easy operation, strong German Gear and Spindle Drive systems for smooth adjustments and whisper quiet lift mechanism, very spacious desk, and wide range of adjustability.


Design and Features

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The Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB sports a stylish black subtle finish, while its 27-inch IPS panel is coated with a non-reflective coating, and houses in 3/4-inch bezels.


Buttons and Functions, with Power-Saving Feature

The lower bezel has the prominent silver logo of Philips, which also houses two (2) presence sensors, four (4) touch-sensitive function buttons, a touch-sensitive power switch, and a headphone jack. The buttons are all labeled with gray lettering, which is sometimes difficult to read against the black finish of its cabinet. Also, the buttons are erratic from time to time, and they sometimes would fail to respond to touch commands. It does however, come with a great feature called the PowerSensor. Accessible through presence sensor, this feature enables users to save energy by reducing the display’s brightness level up by 80% when it detects no motion for a certain period of time.


Fully Adjustable Stand to Fit Your Ergonomic Needs

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Unlike many monitors of its size, the Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB is supported by a fully-adjustable stand that lets you position your display to fit your ergonomic needs. It sports an arm with sliding mechanism that lets you adjust the height up to 5.9 inches, tilt up and down for 25°, pivot the panel 90° to switch between landscape and portrait orientation, and vice versa, and swivel the arm up to 65° in any direction. Also, when switching orientation, the display automatically switches orientation mode for you.

I/O Ports

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The back side of the cabinet houses the monitor’s different ports, including two (2) HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort input and DisplayPort output (for daisy-chaining multiple monitors) and a dual-link DVI input. The power cord jack and audio input are also located at the back of the monitor.

The left side of the cabinet houses the four (4) USB 3.0 ports, three (3) downstream ports and one (1) for upstream port.


With Built-in Speakers

Like most new monitor models with built-in 2-watt speakers, the speakers of MultiView 272P4QPJKEB are moderately strong. They are not loud enough to be used for a whole room of people, and they sound tinny when set at the highest volume level.

With Built-in Webcam and Microphone

Built-in webcam and microphone has been a staple in newer monitor models today, and the Philips Brilliance MultiView 272P4QPJKEB offers a good built-in 2MP webcam and microphone, which connects to the host PC through the upstream USB connection. Quite a convenient feature video chats, conference meetings, etc.


Power Consumption

The 272P4QPJKEB is not the most energy efficient monitor. At Standard mode, the monitor consumes around 42watts of power. But like most good monitors, it does bring down power consumption significantly when enabling the Economy mode, which is at 24 watts. The Economy mode setting however, is not ideal for optimum viewing, such as gaming and watching movies, as it dims the display.


Tech Specs

Package comes with HDMI, DVI, USB (upstream), and audio cables, resource CD with drivers, the SmartControl software and a user manual.


Bottom Line

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The Philips Brilliance MultiView (272P4QPJKEB) is undeniably a well-equipped monitor. This 27-inch WQHD monitor is able to display sharp 2560 x 1440 picture, bold colors, and comes with an impressive, even though not many, set of features. It has wide viewing angle and works with deeper blacks. The built-in speakers, webcam and microphone are great additions that add to the monitor’s functionality, as they’re perfect essentials for certain computer users, such as those who often talk on Skype, interview people, online business meetings and conferences, etc. It also comes with the latest USB 3.0 ports, which will make file sharing a breeze.

This monitor from Philips is a bit expensive than its competition. Also, the skewed colors and grayscale performance may cause issues if you’re looking for excellent and spotless display. All in all, it’s a good all-around midrange, big-screen monitor.

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