Philips 24 inch 242B1G 

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This is both a landscape and a portrait panel that has plenty of back tilt and some forward tilt as well as side to side movement available. It is close to 24 inches in corner to corner display size and has built in speakers as well as a USB3 hub; so far however it has stubbornly refused to make my morning coffee, oh well I suppose you can’t have everything.

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It is 54x32.5x2cm however this is only the screen and surround, the viewable screen has .5cm borders top and sides with a 2cm border at the bottom. The viewable screen is 53x30cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 24 inches.

An arm connects the 20x20cm base to the click in place fitment behind the screen; the arm raises the screen between 4cm and 20cm from your desk when in portrait mode.

The front of the bottom edge of the screen from the right edge has an LED and then five rectangular touch buttons to control the screen display.

7cm in behind the screen is the 2cm wide fitment that has all the connections on the base and left side and these include not only the connections but also the speakers, in this way you get better sound as they can be a lot larger than if they were fitted into the screen itself.

The connections are on the left side a pair of USB3 connectors one of which is always on providing the mains power is going to the panel. On the back is a pair of USB3 ports and the upstream USB port, next are audio in and out 3.5mm sockets, then D-Sub connection, HDMI, Digital and Display Port and then finally a kettle style mains lead with on/off rocker beside it.

While there is plenty of volume there is not a lot of base as the fitment the speakers are in is metal and this tends to raise the pitch of all sounds.

Having the ability to work in portrait mode is great for viewing long web pages and while this is a standard 1920x1080 panel it does have a 25% higher screen refresh rate so while flicker is rare in recent panels this is even less likely to cause eye strain at 75 HZ, the 4ms refresh rate is fine for all except those whose life is dedicated to gaming. The energy rating system has recently been changed so the ‘A**’ sticker that this shipped to me has now been replaced by a new standard and this is now classed as ‘C’ but that does not mean it’s a lower standard as the top is now ‘A’ and not ‘A***’.

A nice clear sharp easy to read flat panel with portrait and landscape options and as it has all four current connection standards every connection should be covered by them.

The Philips 242B1G is available from Amazon for £203.65 including free delivery.

This link will probably send you to sleep but it explains the new energy standards.

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