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Philips 200XW 20 inch WSXGA LCD Monitor Review

Price: $ 335.00 USD


You might not realize, but Philips is one of the biggest innovators in technology of all time. Philips has either solely or jointly come up with some of the most significant inventions in modern technology, including the audio cassette, compact disc, laserdisc, DVD, and digital audio interconnection (S/PDIF). The company also manufactures lighting, household, and medical products.

So what has it done in the visual arena? Well, Philips has developed world-leading imaging systems used in medical and scientific fields. Philips is Europe's largest manufacturer of LCD TVs, and has formed a joint venture with LG to produce LCD panels for many brands, including the Apple Cinema LCD panel and the Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW panel. LG.Philips develops new technology like flexible LCD displays that you can roll up, and massive 100+ inch displays.

In this review, I will be looking at the Philips 200XW 20" widescreen LCD monitor, a 6-bit TN film panel based display.


Closer Look:

Ok, so this is the Philips 200XW7EB, but it only says 200XW on the box, so I guess 7EB is the variation; maybe B for black, E for ... oh I don't know, who cares? It's the 200XW and there are no variations of it on the Philips website at the time of writing this review.

The design on the box is very clean, with a technical drawing element to it. Everything seems very precise, front and back.



The familiar method of polystyrene end caps and strange foam-cloth cover keeps the screen protected and immaculate. Also inside the box is the bag of cables, and a bag for the CD and paper guides.


The screen's base is wedged into the top polystyrene cap, and needs to be attached to the monitor stem. It's heavier than I expected and convinced me that it would be steady and keep the monitor in place.


An odd-looking bag is taped to the monitor stem, with something inside, with masking tape around it.


An obvious warning label shows that the mystery taped-up thing has something to do with the base and maybe the stand.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. Configuration (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing
  8. Testing (Set Up Display)
  9. Testing (Tune Up Program)
  10. Testing (LCD Test Script & Subjective Viewing)
  11. Conclusion
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