Philips Gioco review: Ambiglow on your desk and much more

Philips 278G4DHSD makes great use of the LG Display IPS panel



We were definitely impressed by the Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD. It's a jack-of-all trades. You can use it for video and photo editing, for gaming, for watching (3D) movies and of course your standard software. It's stronger in some departments than others, but very good in general.

This is not unique, but it's rare enough to be worth mentioning. This versatility is in part due to the AH-IPS panel which we've seen in a number of other products. Philips definitely made it its own, by adding 3D support, HDMI 1.4 connectors, a USB 3.0 hub, and last but not least the Ambiglow feature.

It also makes this an expensive monitor, but you do get a lot for your money here. However, if you know that you won't be taking advantage of one or more of the features, you can save money by getting a different monitor. If you will use everything the Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD has to offer, this is an excellent purchase.

Of course there are always buts. We're not fans of the glossy finish, if you have any type of light source behind you it will be reflected pretty clearly in the screen. We also would have liked a more advanced and height-adjustable base for the monitor, and connectors that were integrated a bit better into the monitor. However, the base is very sturdy and looks good.

The good allround performance and extensive feature qualify the Gioco 278G4DHSD for a Silver Award, but since the color rendering and fidelity are on such a high level, and along with the fact that Philips tried to make something special here, the whole package deserves the Hardware.Info Gold Award.

Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD

Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Philips Gioco 278C4QHSN

27 inch, 1920x1080, 82 ppi, IPS, HDMI input, 7 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1


Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD

27 inch, 1920x1080, 82 ppi, IPS, HDMI input, 7 ms, 250 cd/m², 1000 : 1

Specifications Test results Reviews

Also read these monitor articles on Hardware.Info

The Hardware.Info website uses cookies.