4k is a buzz word that has slowly worked its way into the common consciousness as the next step up beyond the HD TV’s we’ve got now – but what is it? HD TV’s and monitors are often referred to as 1080p or 1080i or so and the 1080 refers to the number of pixels along the screen. 4k refers to four thousand pixels along the screen. Another way of thinking about it is that four 1080p screens would fit on a single 4K screen the same size.
Prices have slowly dropped and Phillips have released the 288P6 28″ inch 4K Ultra LCD Monitor for around £350 and we thought it was time to get our heads and eyes around a decent 4k monitor and see if it was worth the extra money and hassle.
High resolution and super high responses
4k monitors are sold on their high resolution and lets get it out the way – the 288 is gorgeous. The screen is bright, clear and the resolution is stunning. When Apple launched their retina screens on the iPhone they claimed it was such a high resolution that when holding your phone in a normal manner the human eye would not be able to distinguish the individual pixels. It was true then and the 288 shows that desktop screens have gotten to that point as well. With the right media – harder to find than you’d think – and a good graphics card to back it up this screen shines. Add to that the faster response time specifically designed for gaming and the 288 is beautiful.
Two notes of caution – if you are considering getting the 288 to watch media on make sure that what you want to watch is of a good enough quality to make it worthwhile and make sure your system’s graphics card can keep up!
Multiview and MHL
These days monitors are rarely just for plugging into a single PC and the 288 does not disappoint. It has Phillips Multiview built in that lets you show two separate displays in one screen. This might be one from your PC and one from a cable box or PC and phone but at the resolutions that the 288 can get to it makes perfect sense. The windows are customisable from a standard split screen to a window-in-window. It’s a feature I’ve had access to before but never really used but with the 288 I found myself using it out of testing for the first time. To get that phone onto the screen Phillips has built in MHL which lets some phones plug directly in and use the 288 as their main screen.
Ergonomic stand and
Screens have gotten more adjustable and ergonomic over the years and the 288 is a perfect example of this. The screen is swivelable from landscape to portrait, can adjust in height by 15cm high to touching the desk. It can swivel by 65 degrees and tilt 5 degrees back and 20 forward. Not enough? It’s got a built in VESA adapter so you can put it on an arm.
Phillips is a huge Dutch conglomerate that makes and sells a huge variety of products worldwide. It will probably be familiar to every reader for its TV’s healthcare equipment, monitors, smart home equipment, lights and consumer electronics.
As you might expect from Philips the screen hits a number of environmental markers. These include EnergyStar 6.0, EPEAT Gold, TCO edge and RoHS. The upshot of all of these qualifications is a screen that is very efficient to run for its size and is made from and by environmental processes as much as is possible.
The packaging is made from 100% recycled material and the screen’s plastic is 65% recyclable.
Retailer: Amazon for £339
Included in the box
The box contains the 288P6 Monitor, Quick Start Guide, DVD manual, power cable and a 3.5mm audio cable
LCD panel type: TFT-LCD
Backlight type: W-LED system
Panel Size: 28 inch/71.1 cm diagonal
Effective viewing area: 620.93 (H) x 341.28 (V)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Optimum resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
Response time (typical): 5 ms
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
Contrast ratio (typical): 1000:1
Viewing angle: 170º (H)/160º (V) @ C/R > 10
Colour support 1.07 billion colours
Scanning Frequency 30 – 83 kHz (H) / 56 – 76 Hz (V), Analogue: 50 ~ 80 Hz (V), Digital: 23 ~ 80 Hz (V)
MHL: 1080P @ 60 Hz
USB: USB 2.0 x 2 and 3.0 x 2 (1 w/fast charging)*
Signal Input: VGA, DVI-Dual Link, DisplayPort 1.2, MHL-HDMI (digital, HDCP)
Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out
Height adjustment: 15cm
Pivot: 90 degree
Swivel: -65/65 degree
Tilt: -5/20 degree
Product with stand (max height): 66 x 57 x 27 cm
Product without stand: 66 x 39 x 4.9 cm
Packaging: 78 x 49 x 22 cm
Warranty: The 288 is covered for 24 months for manufacturing defects and has a 28 day no quibble return policy.
The 288 is designed for an audience with two things – a computer than can handle 4k output and someone that has enough content to make it worthwhile. Content is becoming more available with YouTube streaming 4k and Twitch starting to support it but as of yet most of what is available is demonstrations. So what does that leave? Local use – anything where you look at the screen looking at detail such as CAD, image processing and gaming.
Ease of use
The 288 was very simple to setup. The stand is one integrated unit and required screwing with four Phillips screws to the VESA mount. When attached the whole thing is very stable and needs a small but not too small amount of force to control and adjust.
It is accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity), eye strain or colour blindness. The menu to control the settings is made of of mainly greys and dark blues and while small is very clear.
It is accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe hearing impairment, including the deaf and those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity). The 288 has a pair of 3 watt stereo speakers built into it which surprised me with their clarity. They are much better than the speakers built into my laptop and while I would recommend dedicated speakers the 288’s speakers are better than most.
The menus have no audio feedback or element and the stand is totally silent.
It is accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe upper body impairment and those who experience symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like a tremor, fatigue, reduced dexterity or precision.
The 288 is controlled by a set of touch buttons on the bottom right of the screen. I found them a little difficult to use. Whilst the labels are clear I they were not that responsive and took a fraction of a second to respond by which time I had tried pressing again and had restarted. There is also a single rocker power switch behind the front right hand side of the screen.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a moderate – severe mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain. There is no mobility requirement to use.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
It is accessible to anyone who experiences a moderate motion sickness or dizzy spells.
It is accessible to anyone with a mild – moderate cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia and those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organisation.
None. The 288 is a good looking monitor but conventional looking enough that it will not get much comment unless people look closely.
This product contains no common allergens and is unlikely to cause any allergic reactions for users.
Higher resolution screens are the future. If you look back at the last 30 years the average resolution of TV’s and monitors has gradually and fitfully gone up and up. 4k is likely to be the next big thing but we are not quite there yet for the mass market. If you are in a situation where you need the extra resolution or want to be on the cutting edge the 288 is a great entry level choice. The screen’s panel is bright and is very responsive and of course very high resolution. It is possible to get cheaper 4k screens but the added MHL and Multiview and high response time make this a great screen. Recommended.
The review is based on the 4K Ultrea HD P-Line 28″ 288P6 monitor kindly loaned by Phillips. This post contains affiliate links. First published August 2015.