Philips 200XW 20 inch WSXGA LCD Monitor Reviewhardnrg -
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My preference up until this review has been with CRTs. But, my Mitsubishi CRT weighs 30kg (66 pounds) and uses 112W. It's basically a big, fat, inefficient monster, and possibly the heaviest thing I own. With the rest of my system power consumption going up with each upgrade, I am beginning to be energy conscious, probably moreso for my wallet than the environment, but hey that's a bonus too! I really think my Mitsubishi CRT was one of the last decent large CRT displays to be made, and I won't be buying any more in the future. In comparison, the LCD weighs 8.6kg (18.9 pounds) and only uses 48W. So, now it's LCD all the way!
I really am very happy with the Philips 200XW. It has proved to have almost flawless performance in every area. The only thing that let it down slightly was the dithering making it hard to judge color evenness in photographic work, whether the actual image is grainy, or if it's the display. That says a lot to me, as I was really trying to find fault with LCDs in general, and struggled to mark it down at all.
I like how everything you need comes in the box; there is no need to go out and buy an optional DVI cable, nor even the USB cable to allow you to use the built-in USB port. The on-screen display was very easy to use, with clear meanings of each setting, and light use of graphical icons that add to the usability rather than being a cryptic replacement for words. The DVI and VGA inputs mean you can use this with any graphics card, and even use the display on two computers, a handy feature if you have multiple screens, computers, and KVMs.
Being able to rotate the display was far from merely a novelty for me. Amongst other things, I am a programmer, and being able to set the display up in portrait mode and scroll through hundreds of lines of code is absolutely fantastic! I have not seen a cheaper 20" widescreen LCD with height adjustment and pivot rotation, and together with the usual side-to-side swivel, and up-down tilt, these are big selling points for me. That's a lot of adjustment for such a low-priced LCD considering that you would not get that from other 20" widescreen LCDs at the same price.
This monitor gets the gold award from me because the only thing I can say against it is a barely perceivable color variation on some photos. You can't notice it on most images, and not at all in movies, games, or general use.
- 20.1" widescreen
- Pivot rotation and adjustable height
- USB 2.0 port
- Easy to use OSD menu
- DVI-D and VGA inputs
- Not short on brightness
- No backlight bleeding or other dark scene problems
- No ghosting in games/movies
- 16.2 million colours limitation is sometimes (rarely) noticeable