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Philips USB Panel 241B7QUPEB 

If you have a clear desk policy then with your PC under the desk you still need to connect various peripherals and the best way to do that is a USB hub so if this hub lives in the item that need to be on the desk - the panel - all you need is the keyboard and mouse and you are working. If you still have a cluttered desk then this panel can help.

Philips USB Panel 241B7QUPEB
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This Philips monitor measures 54x32x1.7cm with the last figure at the edge. The stand is a circle with a chunk taken out of it at the front, 27cm from side to side and 24cm back to front. There is a telescopic arm that connects the stand to the rear of the panel. The arm itself extends 42cm from the desk with the panel being able to be raised between 5 and 21cm from the desk. The panel can also be used in a portrait orientation, the swivel is anti-clockwise.

The display is 1920x1080 and the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement is 23.8inches.

The connection methods are D-Sub (VGA) or Ethernet either way the audio is carried from the PC/Notebook via the supplied USB lead and then played through the panels adequate speakers. You can also connect headphones to the panel. The USB hub is USB3 but will work fine with USB2 at a slower speed.

So for the worker who is predominately ‘mobile’ this panel is just a real ‘plug and play’ away from being an office anywhere where you have mains power.

Everything can be hung of the panel via the USB ports and you just attach the notebook when in situ. For normal office users this panel works just as well from a tower or desktop with the added plus that the only visible item on the desk is the panel.

As with most recent panels it just clips together no screwdriver required.

This panel has all the good features that are available such as low Blue Light, Flicker Free, Smart Image and more that enables you to work all day without eye strain.

A lot of recent Notebook/Tablet offerings often called Ultra Books have only a single USB port so this is ideal when in the office be it work or home to use this larger display without any adjustments.

178 degree viewing – even in portrait mode – means that you do not need to be sitting straight onto the panel.

The top and sides feature a very narrow border around the display and often you could be fooled into thinking there is no border at all.

For those using multiple displays this is an added plus as there is virtually no gap between screens.

This is a nice easy to use panel, it has a number of modes for specialised viewing but as now seems a regular statement from me I failed to improve on the Auto setting but if you have to use it in a bad position such as with strong light onto the panel you might find a setting that improves your lot.

Having Ethernet in a panel is for me the unusual selling point, the USB hub is not unique but is useful the only minus point for some might be the lack of having an HDMI connection.

The Philips 241B7QUPEB is available from Amazon for £339.99 including delivery.

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