As a photographer, finding the right monitor is always an important part of our workflow. We are constantly looking for monitors with great colour rendition, vibrant and bright displays with a minimum size of 24-inch for shooting tethered and editing images. The Philips 288P6LJEB 28-inch Ultra HD monitor is a real beast - it boasts four times as many pixels than Full HD. I was really impressed by the build quality and I loved the ability to tilt and swivel the monitor, also allowing me to turn the screen 90 degrees into portrait mode. All the movements are damped to enable smooth movements and adjustable height with a high level of fine-tuning.
The overall screen quality is fantastic. The screen is bright and crystal clear. Usually you have to setup customised colour calibrations when using a new display. I did find the default colours surprisingly accurate out-of-the box. It is however important to make sure your computer's graphic hardware is capable of displaying at such high resolutions. The monitor offers an assortment of inputs; with HDMI, Displayport, DVI and even VGA and is capable of displaying picture-in-picture. There are also four USB ports; two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. Once you work with a monitor with so many USB ports - you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. O yes... it also comes with built in speakers to save valuable desktop space for all you minimalists out there. The menu system is logically laid out with beautiful touch sensitive buttons on the lower bezel.
Apart from the screen quality, the swivel and tilt action is what got me excited. The smooth transition from landscape to portrait viewing mode happens in a flash. The beauty of the 90 degree tilted screen is that you can fill the entire screen with a portrait image, rather than the traditional landscape view that images only fill up a tiny amount of the screen. The ability to work without the creative team hovering around the computer monitor and the ability to view the screen from a distance is paramount when working with editorial magazine assignments. This allows me to view the entire image from a distance without the need to continually pop in for a closer look. The ability continually check critical focus without having to zoom into the image is a real time saver and made shooting tethered a breeze. The monitor is highly capable an absolute joy to use and is perfectly suited for a studio environment.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation or sponsorship with Philips.