First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Philips Brilliance 230W5VS
- Lots of inputs, great design
- Poor image quality
The well-rounded Philips Brilliance 230W5VS includes a good mix of PC and AV features, but newer competing models offer better image quality.
Price$ 3,499.00 (AUD)
The Philips Brilliance 230W5VS offers inputs and a design that are remarkable even in luxury monitors. We wish we could say as much of its image quality.
When we first tested this 23" wide-screen monitor in November 2004, it earned a very good rating for text and graphics quality, with consistently high performance on almost all tests. When we tested it again in July 2005, the 230W5VS's image-quality ratings landed squarely in the middle of the pack. The other vendors had rapidly caught up with the venerable Philips monitor.
A push-up cover on the front of the monitor conceals two USB 2.0 ports and (unusually) a six-in-one media card reader. The HDTV-ready 230W5VS conceals its entertainment inputs (component, composite, and S-Video) in the back, under a snap-off cover.
When we tested the Philips with DVD playback, the image was fuzzy and the contrast weak in dark areas. The unit's audio sounds tinny on the built-in monitor speakers. As with all large monitors we tested, its chief entertainment use is for watching TV or video in the picture-in-picture window while working. And though we like the 230W5VS's elegant design, Dell's UltraSharp 2405FPW includes the same basic features for considerably less money.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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