Philips Panel 243B1 

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This 24 inch flat panel from Philips is one of their ‘B Line’ range. It gives 1920x1080 HD resolution and has a range of connections which includes USB ‘C’. Other reasons to purchase include a small stand, very easy assembly, the ability to swing it from side to side on the stand and narrow bezels.

Philips B Line 243B1 computer monitor
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This Philips monitor measures 54x32x2cm and its stand is 20.5x20.5cm and this raises the panel by between 4-20cm from your desk when in landscape mode. The stand is a single piece, the connecting arm is a single piece that attaches to the stand by a fitted twist screw, then the stand and arm click into place in the back of the panel very simple and no tools are required to assemble.

There is around 30 degrees of back tilt and around 6 degrees of forward tilt so viewable from above or below and like most recent panels also has ‘178 degree viewing’ as a feature.

The connections are in a single line on the back of the panel pointing down from the underside of a protrusion, they are on one side of the connecting arm a three pin kettle style mains lead and on the other side two HDMI connectors, USB ‘C’, Ethernet and Display Port. There are also two USB3 ports and finally on the left side of the protrusion two further USB3 ports, one of these is always on to allow charging as long as the mains lead is connected.

The top and sides have .5cm bezels while the bottom has a 2cm one with the five panel adjustment buttons at the right side of the base bezel with only a white LED showing when power is going to the panel. Within Windows you are unlikely to improve on the ‘Auto’ setting but of course during my tests I tried and failed.

The default brightness is 90% with colour and sharpness at 50%. These figures are auto sensing and should the lighting conditions change so do these settings. This is an a 'A' rated energy device with average cost of 35kWh per annum.

There is also an auto sensing mode that can detect if you are there.

As with all recent panels there are a very acceptable anti-flicker and low blue light settings.

A good length USB ‘C’ cable is supplied which allows you to charge your notebook and transfer files and data at the same time.

The pair of 2watt speakers within the unit are quite acceptable for everyday tasks and when I checked in the settings the volume level was only at 80%.

The Ethernet connection can support LAN speeds up to 1GB.

This unit gives both good sound and vision even over a long day and then can even give a good viewing angle for things like YouTube should you want it.

You can also use it in portrait mode which could be useful for showing a mobile phone output via USB ‘C’ on this 24inch screen (actual resolution 23.8inches).

At the time of publication the Philips 243B1 panel is available from Amazon for £287.55.

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