Philips S Line 243S1 

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A 24inch Philips flat panel that has all the normal connections including those less normal like USB ā€˜Cā€™, Ethernet and a USB hub. So this means for those of us still using Desktop or Tower Systems the main unit could be just that bit further away and the nirvana or a clear desktop just that little bit nearer.

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It is 54.5x32.5x1.7cm; the viewable screen is 53.5x30.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of very close to 24inches. The native resolution is 1920x1080 for most applications. Its stand is 20.5x20.5cm and can raise the base of the screen between 2 to 14cm above the stand. There is plenty of back tilt and a little forward tilt, no side to side movement but if this is required just move the whole panel on the stand which is stated to have 178 degree viewing angle.

The connections on the rear are in a single line with the kettle style mains lead on one side of the connection bar and HDMI, DisplayPort, USB ‘C’, Ethernet, Display Port out for linking to another panel and two USB3 ports. Halfway up the left side is the other two USB3 ports together with one that is always on providing power is going to the panel.

Towards the right edge of the area under the face of the screen are the five buttons where you can try to get improve on the excellent ‘Auto’ offering, in my tests this is only possible in very unusual lighting conditions.

During my test periods using both HDMI and Display Port I got an occasional rather confusing message from Windows to pop up saying the optimum resolution was 2560x1280 but when I tried to increase the panel resolution the options were never more than 1920x1080 and indeed checking on the Philips site also say that 1920x1080 is the resolution.

I did test by connecting my mobile phone to display using USB ‘C’. You can use this for charging a mobile device as well as the more normal USB to USB ‘C’ lead which is also fast charge 65W.

Anyone using such a screen for long periods the quality of images in vital and this unit is TUV certified.

This basically gives you flicker free, low blue light, no reflections and the wide viewing angle already mentioned.

Colours look great and videos look great without those annoying stepped areas of black you get when panels cannot handle so many shades of black.

I very much enjoyed my time testing this latest offering from Philips and having the ability to link another panel via the HDMI out connection could be useful for those needing to see lots of information from several sources.

Currently the cheapest price I can find is £306.73 from the second link below Amazon currently show it without a price so I assume that will soon change.

Full details are available on the Philips web site

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