Philips 272G5DYEB 27-inch G-Sync display review

The Philips 272G5DYEB is a 27-inch G-Sync display with a focus on fast response times and high performance. It offers G-Sync up to 144Hz, incorporates a TN panel and a 1ms response time, with a 1080p native resolution. It’s also considerably more affordable than some of the more high-end G-Sync displays.
We have been spoilt recently by a lot of high-end G-Sync and FreeSync displays. The Asus PG27AQ in particular is a true beast (Review HERE), with a 4K IPS panel that supports G-Sync up to 60Hz.
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That’s a very high-end model though, with a price tag to match. For something more affordable, Philips 272G5DYEB (272G for short) offers G-Sync with a 144Hz refresh rate, using a 27-inch 1080p TN panel that has a 1ms response time.
For many gamers, this spec might sound a bit low end. A TN display can’t offer the same wide viewing angles as IPS, and picture quality does suffer slightly as a result. But as we’ve seen with some displays, for example the Acer Predator XB280HK (review HERE) the difference between the two technologies isn’t as great as you might think, as a TN panel can offer good brightness and contrast as well.
It also has a native resolution of ‘only’ 1,920 x 1,080. Again, a specification that some gamers might sneer at. But for a niche of dedicated gamers, perhaps those who are interested in competitive E-Sports, that care for super-fast response times and refresh rates, these specifications might appeal more than IPS panels or higher resolutions.
G-Sync works just fine at the current 60Hz limit on a 4K screen, but with 144Hz, the effect is really incredible. And being a TN panel, the 1ms G2G response time ensures ghosting will be absolutely minimal.
There’s even some sense to having a 1080p resolution if you care about performance over pixels. In the latest games, achieving a minimum frame rate of 144fps at all times, with all the detail settings turned up, is tough for even some high-end graphics cards at resolutions above 1080p.
Specification:
Screen size: 27 inch
Native resolution: 1920×1080
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Panel type: TN
Display inputs: DisplayPort
USB hub: 4x USB 3
Tilt: yes
Raise: Yes
Swivel: Yes
Other: Nvidia ULMB, 3D Vision
Philips 272G box
There’s not much to say about the packaging. It’s a standard 27-inch display, so it arrives in a fairly large box, with some cross-promotional material for the Batman: Arkham Origins game.
Philips 272G Accessories
There are DisplayPort and USB uplink cables included, and as you can see, an external power adapter…
Philips 272G Power
… which takes a standard 3-pin cloverleaf cable.
Philips 272G base 1Philips 272G base 2
The base is very strong, and quite large, about 20cm across and it has the usual key locking mechanism to secure itself to the stand.
Philips 272G stand 1
Meanwhile, the stand is also quite hefty, to support the panel’s weight.
Philips 272G stand 2
With a cable management section towards the bottom.
Philips 272G front
The panel is generally quite chunky, but with a fairly solid, premium feel to it. It’s constructed with a matte plastic finish.
Philips 272G rear
And at the back it’s the same story. While it’s not the most exciting design, in no way does the 272G feel cheap.
Philips 272G pivot 1Philips 272G pivot 2
The stand supports height adjustment, tilt, rotate and pivot.
Philips 272G DisplayPort
There isn’t much underneath the display, with just a single DisplayPort input next to the power socket.
Philips 272G USBPhilips 272G Lock
There’s also a four-port USB 3 hub at the side and support for a Kensington lock as well.
Philips 272G labels
The OSD (on-screen display) is controlled with touch-sensitive buttons. Unlike on some displays, the labels are easy to see, and won’t lead to accidentally pressing the wrong one.
Philips 272G OSD Crosshair
The first button enables an on-screen crosshair for help when aiming in FPS games. The second button brings up a number of styles to choose from.
Philips 272G OSD Picture
While the third button either triggers Nvidia ULMB, if G-Sync is disabled, it’s the forth button that leads you to the main options screen.

 This screen defaults to the Picture menu with a number of settings to adjust the on-screen brightness and contrast and enabled SmartResponse.
Philips 272G OSD Gamma
While in the same menu, there are five gamma presets.
Philips 272G OSD Color Temp
In the Color menu there are six colour temperature presets, ranging from 5000K to 11500K, with a default value of 6500K. You can also set the 272G to sRGB mode or create a user-defined setting.
Philips 272G OSD Language
There is a wide range of languages, but unfortunately, nothing for people who speak Klingon.
Philips 272G OSD Settings
The OSD Settings menu has the usual options to move the OSD around on the screen, adjust its position or timeout.
Philips 272G OSD Setup
The OSD Setup screen rounds off a solid but fairly simple menu system. In here you can toggle the Nvidia ULMB setting, and adjust its Pulse Width (disabled in G-Sync mode) as well as reset the settings back to their default values.
As with all displays we review, the Philips 272G was put through the DataColor Spyder colorimeter tests to measure its brightness, contrast, colour uniformity, gamma and accuracy, with the default out-of-the-box settings. We then calibrated and measured it again with the brightness set to 120 cd/m2.
From our testing of various displays, it’s clear that panel quality has improved tremendously in the last few years, with both TN and IPS screens. Gamut results that show sRGB coverage of at least 95 per cent are now common, even on TN screens. As such, the standards for quality colour reproduction have never been higher.
Philips 272G gamut
First off, the gamut results with coverage of 98 per cent sRGB and 79 per cent Adobe RGB are adequate, although not the very best results we’ve seen. The 272G is not really intended for colour-accurate work though.
Philips 272G uniformity
Brightness deviation across the panel is fairly pronounced, between 5.6 and 13.2 per cent.
Philips 272G brightness
Contrast ratios between 630:1 and 540:1 at various brightness levels and a black point between 0.09 and 0.53 cd/m2 are competitive, and fine for a TN panel although not record breaking.

Brightness of 287.7 cd/m2 isn’t the highest figure we’ve recorded either, but it’s not especially low, matching more high-end gaming displays.
Philips 272G Gamma 1.8Philips 272G Gamma 2.0Philips 272G Gamma 2.2Philips 272G Gamma 2.4Philips 272G Gamma 2.6
Lower gamma results are off by 0.1 while higher levels are just about spot on. A good result.Philips 272G accuracy
As expected for a TN gaming display, Philips has made no real attempt at out-of-the-box colour accuracy, with a Delta E result under 4, but this is not a major criticism of a gaming display.
After calibration, we got a few improvements to the picture quality as expected.
Philips 272G brightness calib
Brightness, contrast, white and black levels remain the same.
Philips 272G Gamma 2.2 calib
As does the gamma.
Philips 272G accuracy calib
But we can see the Spyder colorimeter does the job it was intended for, with far better colour accuracy after calibration, bringing the Delta E result to a level under 2.
Lastly the power consumption figure at 100 per cent brightness of 34.2 watts is lower than other 27 inch displays we’ve tested with both TN and IPS panels. The Asus MG278Q and BenQ GW2765 both consume over 40 watts although this difference is explained because both have a 1440p native resolution, while the 272G is 1080p, with fewer pixels to illuminate.
Although the Philips 272G5DYEB is lighter on features than some G-Sync displays, it hits a lower price point than many, while incorporating a 144Hz panel. The use of this TN panel does mean worse viewing angles, and this is quite noticeable in use compared with an IPS screen, but you do get a lower 1ms response time.
Some of the gaming audience care less about picture quality and demand the fastest response times possible, although this is still what we would consider a niche market.
With G-Sync enabled the Philips 272G5DYEB works very well, and could be better than an IPS display with a lower refresh rate if you are really keen on getting lightning-quick kills in Call Of Duty, Counterstrike or other twitch-based FPS games. With currently available IPS technology the best response time you can hope for is 4ms, although we stress that not all people will spot any difference.
This panel is limited to 1080p, and although we think 1440p is generally a natural scaling for this screen size we used the Philips 272G5DYEB as our main display for a week and it was surprisingly enjoyable, even with the reduced resolution.
1080p gaming means only the fastest frame rates. You might be able to even hit 144fps with a mid-range graphics card at 1080p – a card that will not run smoothly at 60fps with a 4K G-Sync display.
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So fast refresh is the key feature here, but even then, besides the resolution and viewing angle the picture quality is mostly very good. It looks bright, the contrast is fine, and you should generally be happy with it.
Typically of Philips, there are plenty of ways to customise the picture, with different colour temperatures and gamma settings available.
The build quality is excellent too, with a chunky, solid feel to the bezel with materials and a stand that offers movement via tilt, pivot and height adjustment. The OSD caused us no problem either, with touch-sensitive buttons that work well (which is not always the case). It’s great to see plenty of options to adjust the picture, with a range of gamma and colour temperature controls.
There is one unforgivable omission though – the lack of built-in speakers. Like HDMI, DisplayPort can carry an audio signal and although we suspect most serious gamers have their PC hooked up to a big set of speakers, built-in audio means added convenience. And another potentially missed trick is the lack of any audio passthrough for external speakers.
Aside from these points, there is plenty to like about the Philips 272G5DYEB. It’s cheaper than most IPS G-Sync displays, it offers a good, if not amazing picture, and caters well for gamers who demand the fastest performance.
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Pros:
  • Low 1ms G2G response time.
  • Stand with pivot, rotate and tilt capability.
  • 144Hz G Sync.
Cons:
  • Only one display input.
  • No speakers.
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