Philips is giving the finishing touches on a pair of professional monitors that are to be released soon. The Philips 328P6AU and 328P6VU models that will be launched shortly are aimed at graphic design professionals, by making use of different matrices, instead of the more common ones seen within the monitor market.
Professional monitors have always been a different species within the market. One does not usually look for fast matrices here, nor if they have an excessive vertical refresh rate, or adaptive imaging systems (such as Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync). The main reason being that the type of work for which they are usually bought does not require these types of specifications.
What they do require are matrices that are easy to calibrate using a colorimeter (an essential tool within the industry). And that the color spectrum that they are able to display is much wider than that of an ordinary, run-of-the-mill screen.
Using what little we know of these two new monitors, the 328P6AU seems to be the most average. Given that it has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and an IPS-ADS type matrix. The ADS (Advanced Super Dimension Switch) technology should make it interesting, since it improves the image quality noticeably. It also has an output of 400 nits of brightness and can cover up to 100% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. This is over 95% of the NTSC spectrum.
Philips’ new professional monitor models will have very reasonable prices
On its own, the Philips 328P6VU is perhaps the more interesting of these two. Its boasts a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and its matrix employs IPS-AAS technology (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch). AAS technology is able to dramatically increase the contrast ratio of the display. It answers to one of the biggest problems for IPS matrices, their level of contrast, allowing more than the bare minimum. Philips said that this display will cover 95% of NTSC spectrum. It said nothing, however, in regards to AdobeRGB.
As for connectivity, both monitors will have an HDMI port, a DisplayPort and a D-Sub15. They will also include a USB Type C port that can also be used as a video input port.
While the Philips 328P6AU is expected to hit the market next month at a price yet to be released, the Philips 328P6VU should be on the market early next year at a price of € 550.