Picture the scene, you have all watched Wall Street or Capital City or some such other film glamorising the dealing floor of yet another fictitious Bank or Broker well alas the harsh reality is….. I work in a space of about 6 square inches with the back of my desk piled with 5 computer screens displaying the latest market prices, news, charts and all the other information I need for my clients. The screens themselves are ancient, Noah had similar on his ark!! But no longer thanks to my wonderful IT department luv em!! For they have installed 5 Phillips brilliance 150P screens and I now have a desk again. Allow me to explain why I am so happy about this SPACE These screens are amazing they are 15” monitors but with a display comparable to that of a 17” monitor but the actual space taken up is 60% less than a standard monitor. The dimensions to this screen are 402 x 418 x 176mm (including the pedestal) for those like me who prefer inches 1.6 x 1.7 x ¾. STYLE The monitor is the usual creamy tan pc type colour, any confirmation of the exact colour definition gratefully received. The screen stands on a tiny foot. Above this and below the display area are two speakers located at the very bottom right and left corner of the screen. The on off switch and the adjustment buttons are polished metal and do look very cool. I have to say though the desk looks so cool and hi tech with these screens DISPLAY As I mentioned previously the actual display is comparable to that on a standard 17” monitor giving a really nice sized screen view. For those techies amongst you the actual display size is 15” (304 by 228mm) Now for some serious technical specification courtesy of http://interspeed.co.nz/~pccentra/general/generalmonLCD150b.htm Resolution and preset modes Maximum resolution 1024 x 768 14 user definable modes 14
factory preset modes: H.freq.(KHz) V.freq.(Hz) Standard 640 x 350 31.5 70 IBM VGA 720 x 400 31.5 70 IBM VGA 640 x 480 31.5 60 IBM VGA 640 x 480 35.0 67 MAC 640 x 480 37.9 73 VGA 640 x 480 37.5 75 VGA 800 x 600 35.2 56 VGA 800 x 600 37.9 60 VGA 800 x 600 48.1 72 VESA 800 x 600 46.9 75 VESA 832 x 624 49.7 75 MAC 1024 x 768 48.4 60 VESA 1024 x 768 56.5 70 VESA 1024 x 768 60.0 75 VESA Now I am not a major technical person here but this does seem to me to be a really good range of customisable settings to suit any requirement. This screen will also accept analogue and digital inputs giving a wider range of connectivity either through standard video or utilising digital transfer at up to 12 mbs. For me the important thing is that the colour and contrast are razor sharp, and when viewing three or four real time updating graphs this is a serious consideration if you do not want to go blind after an hour watching the screen. Usability Phillips recommend that the best display setting is 1024 x 768 at a refresh rate of 60Hz this was no problem to set up through my control panel but I like to play so to take you through the shiny silver buttons The on off switch is the biggest and the boldest with a little green light to indicate that power is available. (In case you hadn’t noticed the stuff displayed on the screen!) To the left of this is the menu button that brings up the main on screen menu: Volume The first option is volume to adjust the built in speakers. This is just a simple slide to select set up · Languages There are English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Japanese language settings available · Adjust Position Both horizontal and vertical adjustment · Brightness and Contrast Allows general settings and specific colour enhancements · Video Noise To be honest I have no idea · Adjust Colour <
br>Sets the colour definitions · OSD Settings Again too technical · Product Information Gives the serial number of the screen · Reset to Factory Settings Does exactly what it says on the screen · Input Selection Gives you the choice of analogue or digital input The navigation using the arrow keys is simple and each selection is confirmed by pressing the main menu button The next keys allow navigation through the menus and if in standard display allow the brightness to be adjusted Next are the volume adjustment keys for the speakers And finally the auto button that is a short cut to restore factory settings Speakers The speakers are only 1 watt each but the location at opposite sides of the screen does give a fairly good sound. Lets face it though you do not but a screen for the sound quality and I would recommend external speakers every time. Conclusion I would probably not buy this model but would plump for the Brilliance 150b the difference being the speakers. I do not see a need for speakers to be built into the screen but for work purposes they are great, sky news and Reuters TV are perfectly clear. These screens are expensive at nearly a £1000 each but in the scheme of things the resolution and the saving in space more than makes up for the cost. I would love one of these at home I wonder if work will notice???
Are multimedia capabilities really important in an LCD monitor? When you see that the Philips 150P uses two speakers rated at a tiny 1W, you know the results aren't going to be too impressive. I was quite surprised by the volume they're capable of, though, and being placed far apart means that the stereo effect is very good. The lack of bass response means you wouldn't want to listen to music via these speakers, but for general PC purposes they're not bad at all. And the microphone socket may be handy if your PC lives under the desk. Image quality is really what matters, of course, and there are no disappointments with the 150P - contrast is good, colours are bright, and image distortion is noticeable only by its abscence. Viewing angles are excellent, too, with a span of 150 degrees horizontally and 110 degrees vertically. Other good features include a neat and easy-to-use on-screen display, an effective auto-adjust button, a DVI connection and a USB hub option. The only aspect of the 150P I really didn't like is the design of the OSD buttons, which are ugly, randomly-positioned metallic things. That's a small complaint compared to everything this display gest right, though, and in the LCD world it's an absolute bargain.