Those who have followed the monitors market lately observed the emergence of extremely strange patterns. I am talking about ultra wide monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Initially, this report should be used for LCD TVs, created especially for moviegoers. Several manufacturers of monitors have thought to try this also on the smaller screens of 40". When I first tested the model built by LG, Philips 298P4 will be presented with a slightly different implementation of the IPS 29" matrix.
It is clear that the Philips monitor is addressed to a more demanding class of users. Housing is no longer made of shiny plastic and allows more leg adjustments. Besides swivels the screen can be raised up to 15 cm. This ratio is necessary in order to enable a new feature. Philips 289P4's screen can be rotated 90 degrees, so the narrow side is parallel to the office. Except for viewing of very long web pages, do not know if there is another application for this option. One such problem worth mentioning is the leg of the monitor. If the screen is kept at a small distance from office, the foot is visible on the top of the monitor. While doesn't bother that much, but it is not a pleasant picture.
The monitor comes with a USB hub. Compared with the model from LG, it is the hub located in a more accessible position on the left side. The USB 3.0 hub has four sockets and connects to the computer with another USB cable type B, Philips 298P4's buttons are on the bottom side to the right and face downward. Symbols are printed on the front of the monitor. The connectors are located on the back of the monitor and are turned down. Like many other professional models, Philips 298P4 comes with an on/off switch.
- Screen size: 29"
- Resolution: 2560 x 1080
- Display area: 673 x 284mm
- Matrix: AH-IPS
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Angles of vision: 178/178 (horizontal / vertical)
- Colors: 16.7 million, 8-bit
- Other connectors: line in, line out
- Speakers: 2 x 2 W
- Accessories: HDMI cable, DP cable, DVI DL
With an equipped AH-IPS array the image quality offered by Philips 298P4 is very good. Such a matrix was necessary primarily because of the screen ratio aspect. The narrow angles of a TN matrix were not necessary to the entire surface of the monitor to see well without the user to move its head. Brightness and contrast levels are also very good. On the colorimeter we obtained a brightness of 254 cd / mp with brightness to maximum. The 1.256:1 contrast was measured. As can be seen, the brightness is slightly lower than specified, but the monitor stays very well in terms of contrast.
From the point of view of picture quality, Philips 298P4 is suitable even for image processing. Working in the office is assisted by its screen size and an increased productivity. In practice, the monitor screen can display information simultaneously on two monitors with a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. LG 29EA93 monitor having very similar matrices with this one. Bleeding is almost nonexistent, and the lighting is uniform. Response times do not recommend it for FPS games, but film fans will appreciate it.
Differences between 21:9 models from LG and Philips are made more on the housing data. Those who did not really need an adjustable foot, can choose the slightly cheaper version of the LG. Personally, I recommend the adjustable leg model as it helps to adapt each medium. In addition, the monitor from Philips does not seem to suffer from lag issues seen in the LG model.