Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors have become a viable option of late due to their attractive pricing and features. Although not as versatile as CRTs, LCDs are often preferred for a number of reasons. The footprint and thickness of the display itself is always a major consideration for users who are challenged for space. Zero geometric distortion, sharpness, brightness, screen shape and weight are all pros in comparison to CRTs.
One such product to hit the market is Philips’s latest offering in the Brilliance series, the $2449 18in 180P2B LCD. Connectivity for the monitor includes DVI-I and a nine-pin VGA port, and a 12V output for the optional multimedia base stand. Different bases are available depending on the user’s preference — audio base, ergobase, standard and foldable can be supplied with the display upon request. Cabling provided in the box includes a DVI to VGA cable and a power lead. Also bundled with the cables are user manuals for usage and setup of the display, and a CD-ROM containing drivers, manuals and a display adjustment program called FPadjust.
Picture quality was judged with DisplayMate, an application that is used for testing, calibrating, tuning and evaluating video displays and monitors. Individual people perceive certain images differently, so you would be well advised to view displays with this in mind. With a total viewing angle of 170º (85º on either side of the vertical axis) and a native SXGA resolution of 1280x1024, this display was very adept at handling the testing scenarios. Considering the price tag, this display is aimed at the demographic of style setters, hardcore gamers or professional users.
Philips 180P2B TFT
A quality, sturdy monitor that produces clear, crisp images, is easy to use and is well priced.
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