To help us provide you with free impartial advice, we may earn a commission if you buy through links on our site. Learn more

Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £286
inc VAT

This 144Hz gaming monitor has lots of ports, but its image quality could be better

The Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 is a 24in gaming monitor with a huge 144Hz refresh rate. As the Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 outputs more frames per second, the possibility of tearing (where two frames are shown onscreen at the same time) is reduced, which and leads to much smoother visuals for those with powerful graphics cards.

Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00

The Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 is therefore a good fit for gamers, but the monitor’s huge range of inputs means you can connect it to several other devices as well. You’ll need to use its bundled dual-link DVI-D cable to take advantage of the monitor’s high refresh rates, but you’re limited to a DVI-D connection. The Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00 also has VGA and DisplayPort outputs and two HDMI outputs.

One of the HDMI ports supports MHL, too, which means you can connect an MHL-compatible phone or tablet to the monitor and view your mobile content on a big screen. Conveniently, the monitor will charge the phone or tablet at the same time. The connection ports are easily accessible, too, thanks to the monitor’s height-adjustable and rotatable stand. There’s also a four-port USB3 port on the side of the monitor and a headphone jack.

Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00

The monitor uses a TN panel, and as a general rule TN panels have super-fast response times but aren’t highly regarded for their colour accuracy. This was certainly the case with the 242G5DJEB/00; our colour calibrator showed it was displaying just 84.6 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut on its default settings. This is below average even for a TN panel, as we normally expect to see at least 90 per cent for these types of panels.

On the whole, its spread of colours was very even across the gamut, but the Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00’s weakest areas were its red and green coverage. By contrast, blues and yellows were very strong, and this meant colours looked cooler than our reference monitor.

Philips Brilliance 242G5DJEB/00

Fortunately, colour accuracy increased to a more respectable 92.1 per cent once we’d calibrated the monitor using its customisable User colour temperature profile. Reds and greens were both improved, bringing a little warmth back to the screen, but the coverage still isn’t as good as some other TN gaming monitors, such as the cheaper Iiyama Prolite GB2773HS was able to reach a huge 97.6 per cent.

Our subjective image tests still looked good, though, as our solid reds, greens and blues were all bright and vibrant and not noticeably dissimilar in depth to our reference monitor. Blacks were pleasingly deep as well, measuring 0.29cd/m2 on our colour calibrator.

Colours were a few shades lighter than our reference monitor in our high contrast test images, but the screen’s excellent contrast levels illuminated all of our test images perfectly. We measured a pleasing contrast ratio of 1084:1, and areas of deep shadow were bursting with detail, making it easy to see everything on the screen.

Pages: 1 2

Basic Specifications



Viewable size24 in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio1000:1
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time1ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth21mm
Base (WxD)250x217mm
Screen elevation130mm


Portrait modeyes
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hub4-port USB3
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasMHL support, 144Hz refresh rate
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsnone


Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on18W

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

Read more