The Philips 328P6AUBREB offers a large screen with HDR capabilities along with a modernized connectivity layout that includes USB-C. This variant’s IPS screen is capable of a comprehensive gamut output, but it’s more of an entertainment or mix use monitor rather than a dedicated display for professionals. The Philips 328P6AUBREB (winner: longest model number contest) comes packaged with today’s highly sought-after features, but does it have the performance that deserves your hard earned dough?
Philips 328P6AUBREB Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution:1440p QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time:4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
- Brightness: 450 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes ( 7 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB-C 3.1 x 1, VGA x 1, RJ45 x 1, USB 2.0 x 3
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 29.22″ x 25.87″ x 10.63″
- Weight: 21.39lbs
Design and Features
The Philips 328P6AUBREB comes with an all matte black chassis with subtle hints of metallic silver in the right places. The monitor isn’t bezel-free, but the plastic strips are within reasonable limits so as not to be distracting to the user. A metallic trim stylizes the bottom strip, but other than that, the monitor looks simple and neat.
The rear panel of the chassis isn’t as intrusive and is mostly flat, making it ideal to wall mount the Philips 328P6AUBREB. Despite being thin enough, this model already carries its power supply internally, so users do not have to deal with a clunky external brick. The stand’s attachment point at the center doubles as the 100 x 100 VESA connector if you unscrew the included mechanism.
What’s superb about this monitor is despite its size, it comes with a complete range of ergonomics for the convenience of all sorts of users. You can tilt, swivel, and pivot the cabinet, but you can also adjust its height with a travel range of up to 7 inches. To compare, most monitors can only offer 4 or 5 inches of travel, essentially leaving out the taller folk who may require more.
The stand is supported by a matte black semi-circle base while the upright is accented in metallic silver. All of the parts are made of plastic and durable enough to support the large screen, but there is a bit of wobble when you adjust the screen. Otherwise, build quality is good since there are no creaking or uneven seams.
Another excellent aspect of the Philips 328P6AUBREB is its modern I/O layout which also doubles as a connectivity hub for convenience. Users get to choose between a myriad of video input connectors which include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and VGA. But what stands out is the USB-C 3.1 slot which doubles as a single cable solution for docking your laptop and a power/signal source for the hub.
The USB-C connector can accept video and data signals while providing up to 60 Watts of charging power for your devices. Once you’ve connected a USB-C laptop like the MacBook Pro, the USB-C connector will give access to the USB 3.0 slots and the RJ45 LAN port. Take note that you do have to connect a host device to this receptacle to use the hub since the Philips 328P6AUBREB does not include an upstream connection.
Display and Performance
The Philips 328P6AUBREB features a 32-inch IPS panel which has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. The screen is then backed by a 450cd/m2 WLED backlight, along with extended gamut volumes and a contrast ratio that goes up to 1200:1. Philips heavily advertises this monitor as HDR compatible, making it seem that the product is more for entertainment that photo editing applications.
Out of the box, the Philips 328P6AUBREB’s settings are eye-searing and less ideal when it comes to accuracy. DeltaE is a bit high at 4.5, although contrast is near the factory specification at 1180:1. sRGB gamut volume reaches 147% which exceeded our expectations since most competitors cannot even get past 125%. Plug and play users need to at least adjust the brightness, or settle for the factory calibrated presets.
The Philips 328P6AUBREB’s sRGB and Adobe RGB modes provide excellent scores even for professional uses. The latter produced scores almost similar to the default settings, but the clear winner here is the sRGB preset. Using this model will tighten the accuracy to Delta E 1.2, however, brightness adjustment is locked out.
The Philips 328P6AUBREB is capable of a brilliant output when it comes to color accuracy if you use a colorimeter to calibrate it. The screen in its User Define color mode can be maximized to provide 147% sRGB coverage which equates to 108% DCI-P3 which means the monitor can reach HDR levels of vibrancy. Accuracy is excellent as well since the DeltaE average stays at .5.
A contrast ratio of 1280:1 which exceeds the specified amount is also achievable which in turn provides deep blacks and satisfying saturation of the colors. For games, images, and movies, the Philips 328P6AUBREB does an excellent job of reproducing colors and shades. It’s also HDR capable based on the scores tested above and the edge-lit local dimming LEDs, but it’s missing a few features listed in HDR certification.
Activating the Philips 328P6AUBREB’s HDR mode in the OSD gives way to improvements in the image, although you can’t compare it to the Dell UP2718Q or an OLED TV which have full arrays behind them. Using this feature boosts the brightness and contrast ratio to extend beyond the scores above (550cd/m2 max and 1900:1). This monitor cannot provide the full HDR experience, but its implementation is way better than most of the products that claim HDR compatibility.
You can use the Philips 328P6AUBREB as an HDR display for PC or console gaming with the Xbox One X, leaving out the PS4 Pro since it does not support 1440p resolutions. Results may vary between titles since compatibility is limited to a select few plus the mixed standards and implementations create a hit or mix scenario. Assassin’s Creed Origins looked beautiful and alive, with bright colors popping out from the tan background of the Egyptian desert.
The Philips 328P6AUBREB does not include gamer-centric features such as FreeSync, but we can’t scratch it off the list of suitable monitors. The display felt responsive during our playthrough thanks to an input lag average of only 15ms. There were blurs and ghosting here and there, but these flaws are understandable since the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.
Thoughts on the Philips 328P6AUBREB
The Philips 328P6AUBREB is an excellent monitor if you need a professional-grade display that doubles as an entertainment monitor. The IPS-based screen provides excellent vibrancy and accuracy ratings across all of its modes which extends the utility of this device. This product’s HDR implementation may be limited, but only a few monitors in the market can close the gap.
The accuracies posted by the monitor and its factory calibration are brilliant, but most professionals would find them unusable due to the locked settings. The very affordable Philips 328P6AUBREB is a clear winner despite its limitations and current availability in the market. But our absolute favorite characteristic of the Philips 328P6AUBREB is its price.