Philips 272G5DYEB G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review
In recent months we here at pcG have tested the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q and AOC G2460PG. Whilst both being excellent Gaming monitors and both featuring TN panels with a 144Hz Refresh Rate and ultra low 1ms response times and of course Nvidia G-Sync. We found that to really take advantage of the Swift PG278Q and its 27″ 1440 x 2560 screen, you really needed a high-end Graphics Card like the Nvidia GTX 980, yet while the AOC G2460PG will happily run on a lesser Nvidia GPU with maxed-out Game settings owing to its lower 1920 x 1080 resolution, it featured a smaller 24″ screen. We’d already discovered the delights of Nvidia G-Sync, but neither monitor was quite right for us Gamers not wishing to decimate their bank accounts whilst maintaining a screen size worthy of our Gaming needs. However as luck would have it, MMD with their Philips brand licencing have a screen that fits the bill perfectly with the new Philips 272G5DYEB G-Sync Gaming Monitor! A 27″ Gaming monitor with a 1920 x 1080 TN panel, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and the very same Nvidia G-Sync technology.
I think it’s time to take a closer look!
|‘Dominate the competition like never before. The Philips 27″ 272G5DYEB gaming monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology eliminates tearing and stuttering, providing the smoothest and fastest gaming experience ever.’|
The front (and back) of the Philips 272G5DYEB box certainly lets you know about its key feature. Yep, you guessed it, Nvidia G-Sync. As shown by the large image in the centre featuring the monitor and the Game Batman Arkham Origins. The top and bottom of the box has a large white border, whilst the Philips brand name is printed in what is possibly the brightest cobalt blue on the planet. Then to the right we have a small box offering us the model details and a few of its features.
Both sides of the box give us the same details as on the front, product SKU and showing six pictograms to signify the screens key features.
As you may have noticed from the front image of the box, the Philips 272G5DYEB isn’t packaged within your typical box. Instead of having flaps that open either end, the box opens across the largest surfaces on the front and back. A nice and simple idea, which every manufacturer of monitors should follow purely to make for easier access. Once inside we find the Philips 272G5DYEB to be well packaged within a soft foam anti-static envelope and safely sandwiched between two hard polystyrene blocks.
Unlike many of the most recent monitors I’ve seen of late, the Philips 272G5DYEB is not partially assembled in-box. So instead we are treated to an IKEA styled assembly (ok, perhaps it’s not that bad. I’m just lazy…)
courtesy of MMD
Initial impressions of the Philips 272G5DYEB are very good. Sure it may not look very Gamer-esque, but the textured black surround and non too aggressive matte anti-glare screen coating, make for a nice and clean look that is sure to fit in with any environment. The entire screen measures 639mm(W) x 405mm (H) x 64mm (D) without the stand, which may not seem huge for a 27″ monitor, but in person the Philips 272G5DYEB does somehow appear bigger!
Once the body, arm and base for the Philips 272G5DYEB are all slotted and screwed together, we find ourselves with a high quality monitor. The entire bezel is of a lightly textured black plastic and measures 21mm either side, 28mm at the top, then 44mm on the lower bezel. Then just to add a little detail to the larger bezel at the bottom, Philips have chosen to place a long strip of sticky-back (or not so it the case of our review sample) plastic trim. This trim is again black, but with a slightly different finish and features the Philips brand name in the dead centre. I rather like the look of the Philips 272G5DYEB, although the bezels do look a little chunky when compared to many other new screens on the market. Sadly this seems to be a common trait shared by most of the G-Sync enabled screens I’ve laid my eyes on so far.
Turning the screen round reveals very little in the way of excitement. We have the very same textured matte black plastic across its entirety, but the outer plastic is of a honeycomb effect. Whilst the plastic feels solid and fairly thick owing to very little in the way of flexibility or hollow sounding areas. Right in the centre we have the ever familiar 100mm x 100mm VESA mount. Above this we have a moulded Philips name, which we also find on the curved part of the arm.
The Philips 272G5DYEB stand is one of the best I’ve come across and shares similar qualities to that of the brilliant fully adjustable AOC monitors. The tilt function allows plenty of scope with a minimum tilt of -5 degrees and a maximum of +20, helped by the +/- 65 degree swivel feature. The tilt itself feels smooth without the typical juddering you’d find when trying to gain THAT perfect screen position.
The Philips 272G5DYEB arm allows for a maximum height of 580mm, which can be minimised by up to 150mm, offering a minimum height of 430mm. The arm also allows for a clockwise pivot control of 90 degrees. As with all monitors with this feature, we’d always recommend fully extending the height adjust and tilting the screen when using the pivot feature, just to help avoiding any potential damage to your base.
INPUTS & OUTPUTS
As with many monitors featuring the Nvidia G-Sync technology, the Philips 272G5DYEB is a little light on inputs. So light in fact, the Philips 272G5DYEB features just the one?! This is simply because the only input that supports both 144MHz and G-Sync is DisplayPort 1.2, so why would the monitor need any more? We do however have a four port USB 3.0 hub, which is always a welcome feature.
In the lower left corner, the Philips 272G5DYEB proudly displays its two key features (these would be the 144MHz Refresh Rate and Nvidia G-Sync, just in case you hadn’t noticed 😉 ). Whilst the lower right corner is where the control panel lives. Rather nicely the control panel features no physical buttons of any kind, instead Philips have chosen to use a pressure sensitive panel (this could be interesting, most of these touch sensitive control panels are either too sensitive or require a right hook to work…). Starting from the left we have a Dialpoint button, which allows for your choice of three different crosshairs in either red or green (just in case you need a slight advantage in the latest FPS), then we have down and up selectors, the up also doubles up as an ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) selector, this is a refinement of the older Nvidia Lightboost technology, but only works at 85, 100 or 120Hz. Then we have a typical menu button followed by power and a small white LED.
All in all I rather like the look of the Philips 272G5DYEB. It’s nicely built with subtle styling, features a good sized 27″ screen, has a non-too aggressive matte ant-glare screen coating and has all the features you’d want in a Gaming monitor (assuming you own an Nvidia Graphics Card). We best get it hooked up and see what it Games like!
The Philips 272G5DYEB was tested using our Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Proffesional 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software. No additional screen calibration software was used, all of the default modes were tested and then the screen was calibrated by hand and eye to the best of my ability.
To help in the evaluation of the monitor we will also be using our Zotac GEFORCE GTX 980AMP! test card. Mainly because our normal test card, the XFX R9 290X is an AMD card, thus not allowing us to test the screen’s Nvidia G-Sync technology.
During the review I used the following Benchmarks and Games to help in the evaluation of the monitor.
Switching on the Philips 272G5DYEB greets us with a massive cobalt blue screen. I’ll not lie, I was initially worried this might have been the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death)… Then I noticed in large white lettering in the centre of the screen, the Philips brand name (shortly followed by a massive sigh of relief!). It doesn’t feature an ‘instant on’ feature like that of some other recent Gaming monitors, which also means the entire 5 seconds it takes to power on, actually feels like a lifetime…
Yet once the Philips 272G5DYEB comes to life, I found the picture to be clear, colourful and a nice punchy vibrancy, but I found the brightness needed to be increased in order to give me an image that I would be happy with. For a 1920 x 1080 (HD) screen, the Philips 272G5DYEB is rather good. Further checks ensured we had no odd pixels of any kind and various plain colour tests showed the screen suffered no back-light bleed either, even the viewing angles aren’t anywhere near as bad as expected from the TN panel.
Yet how does it perform? I’ve seen the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q in action and was impressed, but I didn’t have the opportunity to use the screen for a decent amount of Gaming time. Whilst using the Philips 272G5DYEB I can happily say if your on team green, you must beg, steal or borrow to get your hands on a G-Sync monitor! With the 144Hz screen, 1ms Response Time and the awesome Nvidia G-Sync module, not once did I notice any input lag of any kind or ghosting, but more importantly all screen tearing and stuttering seem to be 99.99% eliminated! Not once did I see any tearing throughout the benchmark tests or whilst spinning around like a child in the Tibetan peaks of Far Cry 4 or while being shot (still spinning at this point) in the name of research in Battlefield 4. Even the creaky old Real Virtuality Game engine as featured on ARMA 2 and its various mods feels silky smooth! The 00.001% where it doesn’t quite hit the mark, was right at the beginning of the Metro Last Light benchmark, but this I put down to the benchmark itself…
Of course to really take advantage of the Philips 272G5DYEB and its frankly brilliant features, you’ll need an Nvidia Graphics Card with enough horsepower to drive it, so assuming you want to max out those Game settings (why would you not?!) you’ll be wanting to run the screen from an Nvidia 970 (like the Zotac GEFORCE GTX 970 Review) at the very least.
Are you an Nvidia Graphics Card owner? Are you sick of all that stuttering and screen tearing ruining your Gaming experience within your favourite Games? Well fret not, as here we have the Philips 272G5DYEB G-Sync Gaming Monitor!
The Philips 272G5DYEB arrived at pcG within a simple, but stylish looking box designed to show off the monitor’s key feature. This of course being the Nvidia G-Sync technology. The screen itself was very well and safely packaged within the box, but does require assembly upon removal (ok, it’s just the screen, arm and base. I was just a little impatient and wanted to get in Game 😉 ). Once assembled, the Philips 272G5DYEB is revealed to be fairly subdued aesthetically and if you hadn’t already become aware of its Nvidia G-Sync technology, could easily be confused for being a typical run of the mill monitor. Albeit one with a very high build quality, non too aggressive matte anti-glare screen coating and a perfectly sized 27inch screen.
Once the height has been adjusted, screen swivelled, tilted and pivoted to the ideal position. The Philips 272G5DYEB is plugged in via its single DisplayPort input and turned on. Despite the initial panic caused by the bright cobalt blue splash screen (it could have been the BSOD you know…), Windows appears within 5 seconds. Whilst out of the box the monitor appears a little dimmer than I’d have liked, adjusting the brightness revealed the Philips 272G5DYEB and its TN panel to be clear, vibrant and concise. I’ll admit switching from my usual 2560 x 1440 screen to the Philips 272G5DYEB 1920 x 1080 took a little while to adjust to, but the screen is actually very good.
One area that I was certainly worried about was the Philips 272G5DYEB touch control panel, these I’ve always found to be either too sensitive or quite the opposite, but this particular touch panel is probably the best I’ve ever used and practically perfect.
More important than the build quality is perhaps the area of performance and how well the 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and Nvidia G-Sync module fare in the all important area of Gaming. Something that is always difficult to convey when reviewing a monitor. The Gaming experience is so much improved by G-Sync, every Gamer owes it to themselves to try it out. I like the extra detail of my high resolution 2560 x 1440 monitor and my usual XFX R9 290X DD Black Edition Graphics Card very much, but after using the Philips 272G5DYEB for two weeks I would happily trade them in for the buttery smoothness of this 1920 x 1080 G-Sync enabled screen and move to an Nvidia GPU. In fact I’d do so right now, if I didn’t know Freesync is just round the corner…
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