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CRT ? Size and deflection 19 inch / 46 cm ; 90° deflection,angle viewable size 18 inch ? Dot pitch / Grille pitch 0.27 mm ? Horizontal pitch 0.23 mm ? Tube type Shadow mask, flat square, high contrast, anti-glare, anti-static, anti reflection, light transmission 42% ? Phosphor P22 ? Recommended display area 14.0" x 10.4" / 355 x 265 mm ? Maximum display area 14.4" x 10.8" / 365 x 274 mm SCANNING ? Horizontal scanning 30 - 92 KHz ? Vertical scanning 50 - 160 Hz VIDEO ? Video dot rate 234 MHz ? Input impedance - Video 75 ohm - Sync 2.2 kOhm ? Input signal levels 0.7 Vpp ? Sync input signal Separate sync Composite sync ? Sync polarities Positive and negative WHITE COLOR TEMPERATURE Chromaticity CIE coordinates: ? at 9300 K degrees x = 0.283 / y = 0.297 ? at 6500 K degrees x = 0.313 / y = 0.329 ? Weight 19.7 kg In fact the monitor comes with this CD containing all possible information on the monitor and with a small multilingual booklet explaining how to quickly and safely install it on your PC. The most striking feature of this device is its small footprint, the part of it behind the actual screen really takes up minimal space. On the computer the monitor is immediately recognized under Windows and windows setup proposes you the correct driver for this hardware. All in all a completely fussfree installation. This monitor which for Philips is an entry level monitor, it's their P-line (for Professional) that really are the top notch products, comes with no extras so no USB connector (optional) and no provision for BNC videoconnectors. Just a basic VGA cable you plug into your PC and a power cable. The controls are fairly basic too and consist of six buttons grouped under the screen. To the far right there is one separate big on/off button with built in LED (green fo
r on and amber for standby). To the left of this big button are five more smaller buttons. One to activate the On Screen Display (OSD) and two pairs, the horizontal pair gives you immediate access (+/-) to the brightness setting and the vertical pair gives you direct access (+/-) to the contrast setting. These same pairs are also used for further settings (screen size, screen position, etc.) once you activate the OSD. Nothing exotic here, anyone who used a monitor before will quickly find his way round. What is more important in real life is that this monitor guarantees you a flicker free display of 1280 x 1024 at up to 86 Hz, allowing for optimum detail at a great stability of image, remember that any refresh rate under 75Hz could be harmful to the eyes as the flickering will be noticed. So at 86Hz you should have no problems at all. Brilliant also is the three year on-site warranty Philips offers to his customers, guaranteeing you a replacement in 48hrs. In view of what I went through with my Acer monitors this is a huge step forward. Speaking of brilliance, I have seen sharper images on a monitor but not on any monitor in the price range quoted here on Epinions for this monitor and certainly not on any monitor that then had the same specifications and extended warranty like this Philips.
MAN DOES THIS COMPUTER SUCK! I HATE IT! I BOUGHT IT AND PLUGGED IT IN AND IT DIDNT WORK. WHAT THE HEL;L IS THIS 'INSTALL WINDOWS' CRAP? MY FRIEND SAID I WOULD GET PORN IF I BOUGHT THIS! WHAT DOES WINDOW INSTALLATION HAVE TO DO WITH GAY MOLESTATION? THOSE CUNNING BASTARDS HOW DARE THEYSCREW ME OUT OF MY MOENY!? I TOOK THIS PIECE OF CRAP BACK TO THE STORE AND THREW IT THROUGH THE WINDOW. THE WINDOW BURST ON IMPACT AND IT CRASHED INTO OTHER COMPUTERS. I SET THE WHOLE THING ON FIRE AND HAD A GOOD LAUGH BEFORE ESCAPING. NOW AT LEAST THOSE COMPUTERS CAN'T DISAPPOINT MORE PEOPLE LIKE ME.
For those of you that don't like to read long technical stuff here's the bottom line : I LIKE IT! I am currently typing my review on this very same type of monitor. In fact its full name is the Philips 109S20. The S (for Standard ?) in this stands for Philips' entry level range of monitors which goes all the way from S over B (for Brilliance ?) up to P (for Professional). Please take into account that for my overall rating and the other recommendations I didn't forget that this is an entry level 19inch monitor and definitely not the best top money can buy, which for Philips should be the P-series then. TECHNICAL INFORMATION As I am too lazy to type them all over again I simply copied here this monitor's technical data from the Philips CD that came with it. I know no review can do without them so let's deal with them quickly before going on with the real review : CRT Size and deflection 19 inch / 46 cm ; 90° deflection,angle viewable size 18 inch Dot pitch / Grille pitch 0.27 mm Horizontal pitch 0.23 mm Tube type Shadow mask, flat square, high contrast, anti-glare, anti-static, anti reflection, light transmission 42% Phosphor P22 Recommended display area 14.0" x 10.4" / 355 x 265 mm Maximum display area 14.4" x 10.8" / 365 x 274 mm SCANNING Horizontal scanning 30 - 92 KHz Vertical scanning 50 - 160 Hz VIDEO Video dot rate 234 MHz Input impedance - Video 75 ohm - Sync 2.2 kOhm Input signal levels 0.7 Vpp Sync input signal Separate sync Composite sync Sync polarities Positive and negative WHITE COLOR TEMPERATURE Chromaticity CIE coordinates: at 9300 K degrees x = 0.283 / y = 0.297 at 6500 K degrees x = 0.313 / y = 0.329 Weight 19.7 kg Warranty : 3 years on site A footstand integrating USB-ports and spe
akers is optional. Mine doesn't have this option. In fact the monitor comes with this CD containing all possible information on the monitor and with a small multilingual booklet explaining how to quickly and safely install it on your PC. It really is an easy and fussfree installation on your PC ; you just plug in the powercord and the fixed 15pin cable into your videocard start up, whatever windows flavour your are running and install the necessary .inf driver file to make sure the monitor is properly recognised. The two most impressive features of this 109S monitor are first its footprint. From behind you would hardly guess that you are dealing with a 19inch monitor, Philips really did a good design here making sure the neck of the monitor takes up as little space as possible. Secondly also it's technical capabilities are good, it can easily manage the optimum resolution for a 19inch monitor which is 1280x1024 pixels and it can do this at an excellent refresh rate of 87hz. Less impressive is its dot pitch which being 0.27 mm is absolutely nothing to boast about. Nevertheless I am very happy with this screen which hasn't given me any problems in the year I've been using it, this in contrast to its predecessors which were both Acer (now Benq) monitors and which only lasted a few months. In fact I'm glad I finally decided to put in a few more (25 £ to be exact) over the price of the Acers to finally get this one. LIGHTFRAME In fact this monitor supports both through hardware and software a technology developed by Philips and which is called "Lightframe" a small logo on the front top right corner of the casing testifies of this. This lightframe technology is supposed to give better sharpness and brightness in selected portions of the screen e.g. images. In short you select an area of the screen and then the visibility of this selection (and only this selection) is enhanced through the
Lightframe technology. A bit like in police carchase videos where the bit of the film with the fleeing criminal is lit up. For the rest it has nothing spectacular : five buttons underneath to use the On Screen Display (OSD) for making all possible adjustments, viewable size, brightness, contrast, etc. and a bigger round ON/OFF button a bit further to the right, with the now well establised amber coulered LED (Light Emitting Diode) for "standby and no signal" and the green one for the "in use" status. Prices of monitors have come down seriously over the last year especially for the 19inch CRT models and the 15 and 17 inch LCD flatpanel screens, which are more and more pushing aside the "classic" CRT monitor, but I noticed this exact Philips 109S20 still is systematically sold at a higher price (more or less 50 pounds more) than similar models of other (lesser ?) brands (Acer, Relisys, etc.) and I think it is justly so because this really is a good monitor, and being a reference in electronics Philips has a name to hold up. Of course if you are willing to dish out even more cash better 19inch CRT monitors can be found but in this case the 50 pounds over other entry-level monitors is in my opinion justified. Cheers, vik