Tuesday, September 19th 2017

Philips Readying 328P6AU and 328P6VU 31,5" Professional Monitors

Philips is preparing to launch another two monitors to its lineup. These are more geared towards the professional market due to their feature-set and absence of adaptive sync technologies (cue NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync), but offer pretty interesting capabilities other than that. The 328P6AU offers a QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution on its 31.5" IPS-ADS panel. It can hit 400 nits of brightness (which AMD says is enough for FreeSync 2 HDR-ready panels and other manufacturers are touting as HDR capable as well). It can reproduce 98% of the AdobeRGB color gamut (thus, it can likely cover 100% of the sRGB color space). Refresh rate should be at 60 Hz.
The 328P6VU, however, is the more interesting of both panels, with its UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, 31,5" IPS-AAS panel. It can hit a higher 600 nits in brightness, and supports the second best thing next to OLED's contrast capabilities: local dimming. Granted, there as just 16 zones in this panel, but that's still a whole lot more zones of adaptive brightness than in the usual panels. This should improve contrast ratio compared to other panels that don't offer local dimming. Philips mentions 95% coverage of the NTSC color space, and nothing else.
Connectivity-wise, both monitors include 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, and 1x D-Sub (VGA) inputs, as well as 1x USB-C port, which can be used as a display input as well as an upstream port for a hub featuring USB 3.0 ports and a GbE connector. The Philips 328P6AU is set to hit the market next month, though no pricing has been detailed as of yet. Oddly, the monitor that is furthest away from release does have pricing information: the 328P6VU is set to arrive in Q1 2018, for an extremely interesting €529 - €549 in Europe ($632 - $655). This is very competitive for a 4K display with this amount of connectivity and, let's not forget, local dimming capabilities. A shame Philips isn't including the royalty-free FreeSync on this display.Source: AnandTech
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5 Comments on Philips Readying 328P6AU and 328P6VU 31,5" Professional Monitors

#1
Nephilim666
For that price the colour space is going to be less than my Dell U2711 from 2010 :(

Which makes sense because the Dell is a 12-bit panel covering 110% NTSC. Why has the perf/$ on decent colour gamut/precision monitors not improved in 7 years?
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ZoneDymo
close but no sigar, still not a 32inch 2560x1440 120hz ips panel :(
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TheLostSwede
ZoneDymo said:
close but no sigar, still not a 32inch 2560x1440 120hz ips panel :(
What's a sigar? Also, it comes in 3840x2160 as well... This is NOT a gaming screen, if you bothered reading the news post. By the looks of it, it's designed for notebook users that want to use USB-C to dock with their screen, as the screen has built in Gigabit Ethernet as well.
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ZoneDymo
TheLostSwede said:
What's a sigar? Also, it comes in 3840x2160 as well... This is NOT a gaming screen, if you bothered reading the news post. By the looks of it, it's designed for notebook users that want to use USB-C to dock with their screen, as the screen has built in Gigabit Ethernet as well.
Cigar* and its not just for gaming that you want higher refresh rates....
John Carmack put 2 monitors side by side on some show, one at 60hz on at 120hz purely to show/let people experience how much nicer even interacting with just windows is at 120hz.

Sooo yeah, dont be to quick with you accusations my friend.
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TheLostSwede
ZoneDymo said:
Sooo yeah, dont be to quick with you accusations my friend.
Huh? I was simply pointing out that it's not a gaming screen.
You might well be right, but until we get much faster graphics cards, especially on the low-end (*cough*intel*cough*), we're not going to see refresh rates increase from the LCD panel makers any time soon, as it's more costly to do screens over 60Hz and most people simply don't care...
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