Philips has gained some momentum this past year in the display market, releasing a number of successful monitors. A few weeks ago, FoS featured the Philips 272P4 LCD Monitor, which was a good all-round device offering a multitude of unique features, as well as an excellent display. Philips has continued its drive towards making a reasonable impression into the display market, which has seen it release a few more monitors, one of which included the 27” G-Line Brilliance LCD Monitor 272G5DYEB.
Build and Design
As with the 272P4, the 272G5 offers a similar build quality that is just as superb, and just as chunky. The unit has a black, plastic build, which never appears cheap. The squared design is only slightly broken by the minutest of rounded edges on the corners. The front face has a silver streak running across from side to side beneath the display panel, with the logo in the centre. The Nvidia G-Sync logo is placed on the bottom left, with the touch-sensitive menu panel and white LED on the bottom right. The unit has the same design features as well, which includes the large base plate to anchor the screen in order to achieve its levels of versatility. Users can adjust the screen by rotating it between landscape and portrait views, -5 to 20° vertical gradient, 15cm height adjustment (starting at 2.5cm from the base), and a 65° left and right swivel.
Unlike the 272P4, the 272G5 doesn’t offer much of the same connectivity options. The 272G5 actually only offers one display input, that of a DisplayPort fitted to the bottom rear. While there are a few additional USB ports (one of which is a fast charging port) on the right rear, these are merely for charging rather than supplementary viewing options to exploit. Below this there is one Type-B USB port which powers the four USB ports. Connectivity options, then, are fairly limited, which is quite a disappointment, but with good reason. The 272G5 isn’t your standard monitor, but focuses mainly, if not solely, on its gaming performance. This will be discussed in more detail below.
Display and Performance
The 272G5 has a 1920x1080px maximum resolution at a refresh rate of 144Hz. Although the resolution isn’t has high as with the 272P4, it does have a higher refresh rate, which allows for a smoother gaming experience. The 272G5 uses a TFT-LCD panel with W-LED backlighting system. In addition, it uses Pulse Width Modulation to adjust its brightness. What this does is varies the LEDs’ intensity, but, if your eyes are sensitive to this modulation, it can cause eye strain over time.
The monitor uses Nvidia’s new G-Sync technology, which increases gaming performance dramatically by allowing the GPU to dynamically synchronising the refresh rate. This delivers smooth image motion, especially during slow-motion, or blurred scenes. This feature, however, is only available to the later GTX graphics cards. It may just seem like a marketing ploy in that it makes “scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper, and gameplay is super smooth”, but it actually does make quite a noticeable difference when using G-Sync.
The 272G5DYEB retails for R9,469, which isn’t the most affordable monitor on the market by any means. What you get for the amount, however, is quite worth it. There is also a cheaper alternative in the 272G5DJEB, which doesn’t include the Nvidia G-Sync capabilities, if that’s not of interest to you. What the DJEB unit does offer are the standard connectivity options, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. These are all fairly good additions to have, but aren’t enough to replace the quality of experience derived by Nvidia’s G-Sync feature. That being said, it would have been a better option to include the standard connections and ports on the DYEB model, alongside that of the DisplayPort, G-Sync capable connectivity.
If you’re all about gaming performance, the Philips G-Line Brilliance LCD Monitor 272G5DYEB is definitely the option for you, whereas if you’re looking for an excellent monitor to watch movies, do some design work, and the likes, without too much fuss about gaming frame rates, you’re better suited to the DJEB model.