The Philips is kind of the odd one out in this test, and in the assortment of Philips as well. In this test it stands out as the only model that does not support hardware calibration and having the lowest price by far. In the Philips catalog we do not find any other models meant for professional graphic use. The company is very busy promoting monitors with a wider colour range, for which it uses both 'white' leds with more advanced phosphor-coatings as well as quantumdot filters. These are primarily meant for regular consumers, but it seems that the wider colour range is potentially interesting for professionals which is why the 272P4APJKHB is meant for this target audience.
Philips includes a shading hood, which can be used in both horizontal and vertical orientation. Furthermore the monitor has two hdmi-inputs, dual-link dvi and displayport. A usb 3.0 hub with three host-connectors is also present. It is the only monitor in this test that also has built-in speakers.
With the test results in standard mode the excellent contrast stands out. The uniformity of white is slightly worse compared with the competition, but still good; even second best for black. The viewing angles are not as great as the other participants. In standard- and sRGB-mode the very low colour temperature stands out, but in AdobeRGB-mode this is solid with 6352 K. It ends up in third place with a gamut-coverage of 95%, but the DeltaE-value for colours is the best in this mode and for gray values the score of 2.86 results in a second place. In sRGB-mode the test results are surprisingly good, aside from the colour temperature. The power consumption is not all that bad either, although the difference with Dell is not very big.
Note: this Philips model is no longer for sale at the time of writing. We still included this monitor in the comparison, because it is of course possible to purchase it second-hand, or from a store that happens to have a batch lying around.