Philips 200XW 20 inch WSXGA LCD Monitor Reviewhardnrg - September 30, 2007
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So I guess it's time to read the instructions on how to set up the base, and find out what the hell the taped up thing is! The Quick start guide is very visual; you could follow it without even reading, which could be good if you are impatient or don't like manuals or guides.
So the base goes on the stem, what a surprise...
Unwrapping the tape from the mystery thing-in-a-bag reveals a knurled screw, you can probably guess what you need to do with this now. Yup, it secures the base to the stem. It's a bit fiddly to turn with fingers alone, but still possible. A screwdriver would be easier, but is not really necessary.
So, the base is attached, and round the back of the stem you can see a cable restraining thing, and another mystery screw (more on this later).
Turning the monitor back around and you can see it's quite a handsome fellow. Black, sleek, minimal design. Not a hint of tackiness. Ok, ok, the features sticker is tacky, but you can peel that off, and it doesn't leave any sticky residue or smears.
Time to think about plugging this thing in. What do we have? DVI-D (digital only), VGA, and an IEC mains socket that can accept any mains voltage in the world, brilliant.
Hooking up the monitor and power cables, and pressing the power button, gives you a quick Philips splash screen.
The power button lights up green. It's a very small LED and is in the shape of the power button symbol. I like it; I like that it's subtle and not big or bright.
This is what it looks like with both monitor cables attached, as well as the power cable. Now you know where the cables are if you have some sort of neat cable fetish, or are thinking about mounting it on the wall or other tomfoolery. If you look closely, you can see where the stem screws off to give you a standard VESA mounting.
If you look really really close, you can see something slightly unusual, a USB type-B port. Now what is the point of this, you may ask? Does it send advanced messages to the computer? No, it's merely a passive USB connection for the USB socket on the side of the monitor. Being passive means it's just a direct electrical connection, so if you hook it up to a USB2 device, the monitor USB port is USB2, and if you go USB1, it's USB1. Maybe one day there'll be USB3 and then you can get really excited!