The monitor market is like any other segment in the world of electronics. There are plenty of things happening, but you can also see consolidation taking place, where products begin to look like each other. We're always happy to see when a brand innovates, even if a particular feature has been applied to another type of product in the past. When Philips announced it was integrating Ambilight in its computer monitors, our curiosity was piqued.
Hardware.Info tested the flagship Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD, a 27-inch Full HD monitor. We compared it to 16 other 27-inch monitors in the same price segment.
There are significantly cheaper 27-inch displays, so the question is whether the expensive models are worth the money. The Gioco 278G4DHSD definitely falls into the more expensive category, costing an average of £289. Especially if you feel Full HD resolution isn't enough for such a big screen you might say no.
There are definite quality differences between the affordable 27-inch displays and the high-end ones like the 278G4DHSD. The new Philips display is based on the latest generation AH-IPS panel from LG Display, and Philips made a number of its own additions. If those features don't interest you, you could better off with a LG IPS277L-BN, ASUS Designo MX279 or an Acer S275HLbmii.
The more desktop space on a monitor, the more it will cost you - there's no way around that. The WQHD (2560x1440) monitors are still not very affordable, like the £311 Dell UltraSharp U2713HM for example. We're still of the option that a Full HD resolution on a 27-inch monitor looks fine from a normal distance, but it's a matter of personal preference of course.
And as a 27-inch Full HD display the Gioco 278DHSD is something special indeed. Philips has equipped the monitor with a polarisation layer for passive 3D, a USB 3.0 hub, and Ambiglow. You might know the last feature from Philips TVs, and they're basically light on the back of the screen that shine colored lights on the wall.