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  • Philips 258B6QJEB
  • Philips 258B6QJEB
  • Philips 258B6QJEB
  • Philips 258B6QJEB
  • Philips 258B6QJEB

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Great overall image quality
  • Smaller and sharper image than a 27in display
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Plenty of features

Cons

  • Pixels may be too small for some users
  • Too expensive compared to one main competitor
  • Not very stylish viewed from the rear

What is the Philips 258B6QJEB?

The Philips 258B6QJEB is a premium 25-inch monitor primarily aimed at the business market, but which will also be ideal for many a home too. It sports a stylish design with very slim borders round the display and an edge-to-edge front panel.

Inside it packs an IPS LCD panel with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, offering good viewing angles and overall image quality. A broad selection of inputs, built-in speakers and a USB hub make the Philips 258B6QJEB versatile too.

At £300, the Philips 258B6QJEB is a clear step up from the entry-level monitors of this size and resolution but it largely has the goods to justify the premium.

Philips 258B6QJEB – Design

The 258B6QJEB is a great-looking monitor that uses a couple of key features to make it stand out from the crowd.

Most obvious are its super-slim bezels – at only 8.5mm, they're significantly slender when compared to the typical 20mm plus width. The front panel of plastic also stretches over those bezels to come within just 3mm of the very edge of the frame.

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This creates the illusion of the edge being even slimmer. When the monitor is turned off, you see only that tiny 3mm strip round the edges. It’s a neat design that instantly makes other displays look chunky and archaic in comparison.

More contentious is the addition of a strip of brushed metal-effect plastic that runs under the screen, and the silver-painted upright to the stand. Both could easily cross over into being seen as tacky, but I think Philips has just about managed to avoid this; overall, this is a nice-looking display.

Philips 258B6QJEB

At least that’s the case when viewed from the front. From the rear the Philips 258B6QJEB is much more utilitarian. It has a plain-looking flat back and raised rectangular section that houses all the connectivity and other electronics. It’s certainly a far cry from the rounded back and connectivity cover of the Dell UltraSharp UP2715K or U2515H, for example.

Nonetheless, the Philips 258B6QJEB remains a smart-looking display that’s a step up from you’re bog-standard monitor.

The stand is also excellent, supporting height adjustment of up to 130mm, a 90-degree pivot plus swivel and tilt options too. All the movements are a touch stiff, but can still be performed pretty easily.

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Philips 258B6QJEB – Features

While the rear of the display may not look all that attractive, it certainly packs in a decent selection of features. Although only one of each display input is included, you get a wide variety with HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA all accounted for.

Also included is a four-port USB hub that has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, one of which complies with the BC 1.2 standard for charging devices while the monitor is in standby. All the ports are situated on the right edge – as you face the screen – where they’re easy to reach. Determining one port from the next isn't so easy – but at least they’re not jumbled up among all the display inputs, as is the case on some monitors.

Built-in speakers are present, which is far from a given for this sort of monitor. Sound can be ported via a stereo jack input or pulled from the HDMI signal, and as well as the speakers you can plug in headphones.

Philips 258B6QJEB

Sound quality from the speakers is weak and tinny, and only really serves for very light background listening and watching video clips. For anything more demanding the headphone jack is your best bet. Although the amp and DACs probably aren’t the finest known to man, the signal is at least noise-free and fine for casual listening.

As for the display itself, it uses an LG-made AH-IPS panel, which will immediately be a step up from cheaper TN models that suffer poor viewing angles. It also claims a decent 1,000:1 contrast ratio, high 350 nits maximum brightness, a standard 16.7M colours (this is not an ultra-accurate professional imaging display), 14ms grey-to-grey response time, and it uses flicker-free backlight brightness adjustment.

It all adds up to a display that should provide good overall image quality and be a good step up from cheaper alternatives.

Pbryanw

November 11, 2015, 8:24 pm

If you're interested in this monitor, I'd be inclined to check out the Dell U2515H too. It's slightly cheaper and is the same size with the same 2560x1440 resolution. It also comes factory calibrated out of the box. I own one and think it's a very good monitor.

As far as scaling goes, I've found Windows 10's built-in scaling does a very good job and both Chrome & Firefox do a very good job of scaling too. I've not found the monitor too small, and now find it difficult to go back to a 1920x1080 resolution one. However, YMMV.

MontyMole

November 11, 2015, 9:27 pm

Are you seriously saying "Smaller and sharper image than a 27in display" is a pro?

a 25" is smaller than 27" Really?!*!? and sharper than which 27" exactly?!? I'm just flummoxed at that.

mode11

November 12, 2015, 3:09 pm

Well, 25" is smaller than 27", which may be a pro if you have limited desk space and / or want two of them next to each other.

And it will be sharper than *any* 27" (except 4K monitors, natch); the same number of pixels in less space = higher DPI.

Matthew Bunton

November 16, 2015, 5:13 pm

Agreed along with Dell's excellent 3 year warranty, build quality and pixel gaurantee it's a a bit of a no brainer really.

Pbryanw

November 17, 2015, 6:04 pm

"However, scaling to the 25% increase required here results in items onscreen looking slightly blurry..."

Regarding the problem with blurry fonts in some programs when using 2560x1440 resolution on a 25" screen, I found the program below helped a lot in this regard:
http://windows10_dpi_blurry_fi...

It basically forces Windows 8.1's scaling method, instead of Windows 10's one which is built to support mobile devices, the latter resulting in the blurry text.

Samuel Rave

January 11, 2016, 12:00 pm

Only the Dell U2515H has no build in speakers, this 25" Philips display does! ;-)

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