This is quite like the last couple of flat panels that have passed onto my desk however this has one thing to commend it over them a slightly increased resolution as this has 2560x1440 resolution while not a huge amount you can work with more windows open without straining your eyes.
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It is 52.5x32x1.5cm. The viewable screen is 51.5x29.5cm; the screen edges are .5cm at the sides and top with the base being 2cm.
On the right edge of the bottom bezel are a line of five push buttons the only one you are normally likely to need is the on/off the rightmost which has a white LED when the unit is powered on.
Looking at the back the connections are in a single line pointing down from the central area DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI on one side of the connecting arm on the other a flip switch on/off and a kettle style mains lead. On the left side are two USB ports –one always on - and on the back to the left of the other connections are the USB up port and two further USB ports.
This panel can be used portrait or landscape with more than 30% back tilt and around 5% forward tilt in portrait mode.
The stand is square at 20cm and this connects to an arm with a single thumb screw in the stands back and the other end of the arm clips into the back of the panel.
In portrait mode the panel can be as little as 3cm above your desk or as much as 19cm.
While as with a lot of recent panels there is no built in webcam there is the ability to save power as it knows if you are sitting there or maybe if you have gone out of the room, this is one of the many options that are available on the five buttons at the right side of the bottom bezel. One thing you are unlikely to improve is the Auto display setting and the contrast or brightness it gives suitable for all but the most unlikely light settings from total darkness to very strong sunlight.
Having a four port USB hub built in means the nirvana of a clear desk could become available and for most the PC can go out of sight even if it’s under the desk. For those powering it from a Notebook or Tablet then the lack of USB ports is catered for so external hard drives and dare I say the words a USB ‘optical drive’ can be hung from it.
As with most recent panels your eyesight should be safe as there is a good low blue light mode and flickering on the screen is not a feature these days.
If the current situation means more webinars and less face to face meetings this can handle it as the viewing angle means several people can see the screen and with a USB camera ‘Zoom’ and other external meetings can be covered as well.
Should the odd moment of downtime occur then videos can be streamed and even things like BritBox. The built in speakers are good enough for most situations.
The Philips 24 inch 245B1 is currently available for around £240 when in stock.