Philips 272G5DYEB review: 27-inch Full HD G-sync

Philips 272G5DYEB review: 27-inch Full HD G-sync

Slowly drip the G-sync monitors in our test lab, more than a year since the announcement of the new technology by Nvidia. We discussed recently in the Ultra HD Acer XB280HK and in October 2014 the AOC G2460PG, today is the turn of some more or less the big brother of the latter, the Philips 272G5DYEB.

Just to coincide with the point: Philips 272G5DYEB is far from cheap. For less than 549 euro gives you not him in the house and you can average more than 630 euros for counting down. There are even shops that almost 800 euros for questions at the time of writing, so more expensive than the ASUS RoG PG278Q ‘Swift’.

And that’s a problem, because the panel this Philips does not count 2560×1440 pixels such that model, and certainly not 3840×2160 pixels as quoted above XB280HK – no, this screen is built around an ‘old fashioned’ Full HD 1920×1080 pixels containing TN panel.

The only point in Philips’ benefit at time of writing is that it is the only 27-inch G-Sync 120 / 144Hz Full HD screen is that you can buy. So are you looking for just that combination, you can only contact Philips – but how long that lasts, can guess. Moreover, the price difference with the mentioned ASUS not so great (at this price) and we can imagine that you tack goes for the higher resolution (BenQ has also been a WQHD G-Sync 120 / 144Hz screen announced).

Anyway, we assess each product on its own merits and as yet this Philips 272G5DYEB is a unique product and thus it is not surprising that asks Philips sure what it thinks sure to get.

As said, the Philips 272G5DYEB a 27-inch Full HD screen, so with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It is a TN panel, which was to be expected: only this technique is fast enough to display 120 or 144 images per second, without extreme ghosting. A few exceptions, of course.

Philips 272G5DYEB review: 27-inch Full HD G-sync

The screen stands on a height-adjustable base on which the panel can tilt, swivel and rotate to portrait mode. The design is just what slicker than at Philips’ corporate standard screens, but the same design language is clear. You can adjust it to just above the desk, but also put quite high on the legs. The ergonomics is thus little, in other words wrong. However, the portrait mode is not particularly useful, since you by the TN technology a significant color shift seen in that position.

In terms of connections to See more brands, because as with all G-Sync screens so far we have to make do with a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub with one port for fast charging of mobile devices.

The latter is nice, but we had more inputs appreciated. Philips, we can not be too highly charged, because there is only one scaler suitable for G-sync and that is the one to use the same expensive FPGA solution as we see more than a year in these screens. It is truly regrettable that Nvidia no larger steps could take to produce a low-cost ASIC and / or technology to offer a more open license to the other scaler manufacturers. Even though they are notoriously conservative, AMD has managed to make them implement Adaptive Sync “, indicated by AMD cheerful as’ Free Sync. There’s also him the pain point, Nvidia requires a license fee for the use of G-sync and in by tough price competitive market monitor, you do not win friends with them.

Back to the screen: the construction quality is excellent in any case. The on-screen display offers the same functionality as the G-sync monitors, so we will not go into that. Read our previous reviews to view it. Being a 120 / 144Hz screen, the Philips 272G5DYEB also offers ULMB either anti-motion blur technique in which black frames are put between images. In this mode, G-Sync does not work, so it’s one or the other: as with the other G-sync models.

Furthermore, Philips 272G5DYEB working properly, as you would expect from what practical ‘off the shelf’ hardware is. We therefore do not go into the operation of G-sync, on that we have now published the necessary items.

The brightness at a viewing angle says something about the quality when the screen is viewed from the front. TN panels discolor always greater or lesser degree, IPS and VA panels have much less of a problem. The brightness always decreases, regardless of the panel technique. Horizontal values are above 47% and well above the 50% very well, vertically values above 10% reasonable, well above 15% and above 20% very well.

The Philips 272G5DYEB has a meager 44% brightness brightness when viewed under a horizontal viewing angle.

Test results color temperature and color fastness

The color reproduction we judge on the basis of a number of aspects. Important to know is that by means of calibration is always a lot to improve. However, in most of the displays other than the case of calibration of the video signal, in combination with the monitor. The number of screens that can be calibrated in hardware is very small, and these models are significantly more expensive. For that reason it is not advisable to calibrate monitors for a test. Instead, we measure whether and to what extent is a monitor to improve through calibration. In addition, we assume the sRGB color space.

For these measurements, we make use of the software of Calman SpectraCal, in combination with a X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter.

We look at how close we without calibration can access the 6500 K color temperature that is considered most suitable for everyday use and a corresponding close to that of daylight.

The measured color temperature is 6903 K on the high side, but still within the acceptable limit of 7000 K.

Reaction is the indication of how quickly pixels can change color. A value less than 16 milliseconds is required to score sufficiently, below 10 is good, under 5 is exceptionally good. We have fewer models tested with overdrive active, so the comparison is somewhat limited there. The 20% -80% -20% test is more difficult and therefore more weight.

Out of the box does the Philips 272G5DYEB already fine, even without overdrive, we measure a slowest time among the 16ms. Display of 60 fps is not a problem, but for 120 / 144Hz must be enabled overdrive. The optimum position is much slower than the fastest, but at that institution have not significantly affected by under- or overshoot, while the most extreme position to (very severe) artifacts leads with 91% overshoot. Then you can take a tiny bit of ghosting better for granted and select the second-fastest mode.


We can be brief about the Philips 272G5DYEB: G-Sync works as promised, but considering the performance, specifications and capabilities is the price Philips make calls simply too high. Since Nvidia calculate 150 europremium looks for its module, the screen without that provision would roughly cost 450 euros, which is for a 27-inch Full HD screen, even with 120 / 144Hz possibility, in 2015 just too expensive.

Do you really want a large size G-sync screen and you can not wait, invest a bit more for WQHD model from ASUS or – though we have him not tested – BenQ, for the higher resolution makes the models more interesting . An alternative for the same price, the Ultra HD Acer XB280HK that cost about the same but where you get four times as many pixels, albeit at the cost of 120 / 144Hz and ULMB mode.

Full HD 27-inch has always been a tricky concept, but we do have sympathy for the more immersive experience of a large image. However, it must be for a reasonable price and there is no question of this. Presumably the offer and the price a few months a lot more interesting and unless the euros in your pocket burn we would also say, wait a bit, because 2015 is an exciting year for monitors.

Philips 272G5DYEB review: 27-inch Full HD G-sync updated: March 26, 2015 author: John Malkovich