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Philips Brilliance 241P4QPYES review

Non-TN Brilliance for a decent price

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent colour and contrast
  • Adjustable chassis
  • Smart-response works well
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Viewing angles
  • Could be a bit brighter
  • USB ports located at rear

Not so long ago, affordable monitors were a case of anything you fancied so long as it was TN. More recently, screens with IPS and VA panels have been coming thick and fast. Hallelujah! The latest member of this new monitor army is the Philips Brilliance 241P4QPYES.

It sports what Philips calls an AMVA panel. Think of it as the latest iteration of the MVA breed, which in turn is a particular flavour of VA (vertical alignment) LCD panel. That typically means much better colours, contrast and viewing angles.

The only slight snag is that the competition among the £200-ish, better-than-TN brigade is hotting up. Dell has been flogging eIPS screens for a while, while BENQ prefers to go with VA tech.

Meanwhile, ViewSonic has just launched an IPS-based screen, the VP2365-LED. And it's very, very good indeed.

MVA – brilliant

Specs-wise, the Philips Brilliance 241P4QPYES certainly looks promising. That AMVA panel is claimed to be good for 178-degree viewing angles in both planes, 6ms response times and static contrast of 5,000:1.

Factor in the LED backlight and good connectivity, which includes HDMI, DVI and VGA, and you have a very promising package. You even get a fully adjustable stand that lets you rotate the monitor to portrait mode.

More predictable is the combination of a 24-inch diagonal and 1920 x 1080 pixel grid. For PC use we'd prefer the slightly taller 1920 x 1200p alternative, but that's asking a lot at this price point.

Philips has also thrown a few image enhancement options into the mix. We're not big fans of dynamic contrast, but it's offered here and since it's switchable, everyone wins.

The same goes for pixel overdrive, a technology used to improved response times. It's known as Smart-response in Philips' parlance, and again it's fully switchable. As it happens, we found it delivered noticeably better response when enabled, without introducing any inverse ghosting or input.

As for the other image quality metrics, most are pretty impressive. Colours are rich without being over-saturated. Black and white scales both reveal excellent detail, and there's little evidence of colour compression. Gradients are rendered impeccably and there's plenty of depth to the contrast.

Less impressive are the viewing angles which can't quite match the best IPS screens. The overall brightness isn't exactly stellar either, leading to slightly dirty looking whites.

We liked

It's a joy to find yet another great non-TN screen available at this relatively affordable price point. The main benefits are excellent colours and contrast. Philips has managed better pixel response than we're used to seeing from an MVA screen. Impressive

We disliked

While the Philips Brilliance 241P4QPYES's chassis is very adjustable and well featured, it looks cheap, and the four ports of the USB hub are inconveniently located on the rear rather than near the bezel. And as good as the image quality is, things are moving fast right now.

Verdict

A year ago, this MVA panel would have been a world beater. Today, the Philips Brilliance 241P4QPYES is merely very good. There are slightly better screens available for similar money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityTCO Certified Edge, EPEAT Gold, TCO Certified Displays 5.2, WEEE, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
USBYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
DisplayPortYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyBrilliance P
ColourSilver, Black
Brightness250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NamePhilips
Contrast Ratio5,000:1
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time12 ms
SpeakersYes
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, USB Hub
Weight with Stand (Approximate)5.90 kg
Operating Power Consumption23.40 W
Height with Stand518 mm
Width with Stand565 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Post-consumer-waste%65%
Height352 mm
Width565 mm
Depth55 mm
Product SeriesP
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model241P4QPYES
Product NameBrilliance 241P4QPYES Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineBrilliance
Manufacturer Part Number241P4QPYES/00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

PowerSensor saves up to 80% energy costs
PowerSensor is a built-in 'people sensor' that transmits and receives harmless infrared signals to determine if the user is present and then automatically reduces monitor brightness when then user steps away from the desk, cutting energy costs by up to 80 percent and prolonging monitor life.

AMVA LED for wide-view super-high contrast, vivid images
Philips AMVA LED display uses an advanced multi-domain vertical alignment technology which gives you super-high static contrast ratios for extra vivid and bright images. While standard office applications are handled with ease, it is especially suitable for photos, web-browsing, films, gaming and demanding graphical applications. Its optimised pixel management technology gives you 178/178 degree extra wide viewing angle, resulting in crisp images even in 90 degree pivot mode.

Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.75 kg