The Philips 27-inch brilliance 4K UHD LCD monitor with a P line power sensor is a particularly attractive, if a little expensive, option for upgrading to a 4K screen. Sitting at a whopping 27 inches the Philips might sound like it’s going to be a large, desk hogging display however the minimal bezels and the elegant presentation leads more to a striking addition to your desk than something that is going to be ultimately overpowering.
Like many monitors on the market, this Phillips has a black plastic construction. It’s difficult to remember the last time we saw a low-quality construction in a monitor and thankfully this Phillips sits at the high-end of construction quality. Whilst there is a little bit of self-assembly out of the box the Brilliance relies on clips and buttons to put things together and take things apart. No screwdrivers required which are becoming increasingly more popular for monitor manufacturers.
The stand allows you to rotate in a great many ways. For setting this on a desk pretty much every angle will be covered, and the rotation is almost 360°.
Viewing angles are very generous. Turning the screen sees no noticeable loss of colour or ghosting of any type. Pivoting the screen also loses nothing and this has to be one of the more impressive viewing angle ranges I have seen in a screen in recent times.
The built-in web camera might feel like a little bit of a gimmick however it’s a nice addition that does not feel intrusive. In this day and age of hackers, there is nothing better than physically obscuring the camera by pushing it down into the bezel of the screen, and it’s a physical motion that’s required to do this rather than being software driven. The quality of this camera is pretty good, hardly spectacular and you’re not going to be posting professional video blogs using it, and in all honesty, I had no luck getting the microphone to work. Here is an example of a video footage below. Notice the increased white spots around the back of the yellowy green chair behind me, there was no particularly bright light source merely a window on the other side of the room with the curtains open on a dull day.
The monitor has a very striking colour palette that has no problems replicating colours from its 10-bit colour display. The reproduction is excellent and easily noticeable when playing particular games at 4K resolution. As this is an IPS display, you would expect extra-wide viewing angles and Phillips brags 178 degrees and I have to agree with that.
The 4K screen is the real star of the show here, what we have are great black values, a good high contrast and a decent level of backlight. Pulling it out of the box the screen required virtually new customisation or calibration and my tinkering with the settings could never better the presets set by Philips.
As eco and Eye-friendly modes are vitally important, especially in an office environment, Philips has added a Blue mode that cuts down on the ultraviolet rays that can cause eye damage. The smart software inside the screen is constantly monitoring light levels to produce shortwave blue light. Philips also installed a flicker-free technology as a flickering screen can lead to eye fatigue. Between them I find the screen to be particularly soft on the eyes after a long period of using the computer and in comparison to my older ASUS 1080p screen, I did feel more comfortable.
I guess this is the best point to make some remarks about the on-screen menu. When it comes to monitors it’s a love or hate situation and honestly, I had no problems with it. There are a lot of options and Phillip’s methods of navigating them work quite well. It’s not something you will be using terribly often so if you dislike it you will probably only have to do it every once in a while or fiddle with it on the day you install it until you’re quite happy with the results.
As my first foray into a 4K screen, I find this Philips Brilliance model to be a terrific introduction. Certainly quite high-end, this Philips does deliver a pretty awesome package, however, it is considerably more expensive than some of Samsung and LG 4K options. Gaming and media playback was a joy to behold and having to move back to 1080p now it’s bringing a tear to my eye, however, Windows 10 has a long way to go before it’s fully ready for a 4K screen as a default option. Having reviewed a lot of screens recently this is one I would happily put my money down on and Phillips is a name I’m not going to be looking for when it comes to screen technology.