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REVIEW: Philips 241P4LRYES

Introduction

With the 241P4LRYPhilips has introduced a business monitor with a 24-inch TN panel in HD format, which offers a special function. With an Ergo sensorPhilips wants to take action against back complaints, which lead to countless losses of working hours due to sick days. Our test will look more closely at whether this really works. The Philips 241P4LRY comes in two colour version, the 241P4LRYES (test models) and the 241P4LRYEB.

Naturally, we are also interested in the in the inner qualities of the monitor. After all, a monitor should not only convince users with new functions only, but should also perform well when it comes to the traditional requirements a monitor should fulfil. Philips has focused mainly on the new sensor, the monitor stand, the zero power switch and 65 percent ecological recyclability of the monitor’s plastics in its advertising. It is only mentioned in passing that the monitor has a WLED backlight, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a response time of 5ms. In our test, we will check in which areas the monitor can really perform convincingly.

Scope of supply

The monitor, which is packed well and securely, is delivered in a simply printed box and weighs almost 9 kg including its packaging. The monitor itself weighs just 6.4 kg. The box is somewhat thicker than with other models, since the arm and the base plate already form a stable unit in advance and no longer need to be screwed together. The accessories are clearly arranged and cover all the main aspects. As well as VGA and DVI-D cables, the monitor comes with an audio cable and a power cable. Unfortunately, no DisplayPort cable is included; this must be purchased separately if required.

A graphics-based getting started guide and an English language information sheet on the Ergo sensor are also included, with the detailed manual available in various languages as a Pdf file on the CD provided. This CD also contains a driver for using the monitor in plug-and-play mode as well as software for using the Smart Control function. Current versions of the contents of the CD can also be obtained from the manufacturer’s website.

Accessories and monitor stand.

Design and mechanics

The Philips 241P4LRY has an elegant appearance and is presented in a combination of a shining, silver front view and a matte black back. When viewed from the side, the monitor looks very slim, an effect caused by the clear silver line at the edge of the screen and emphasised further by the flat arm.

The monitor shows no sign of having any buttons. These are integrated seamlessly into the bottom right section of the display frame and are controlled by touching the symbols printed on them. This makes the monitor very easy to care for, since dust or fingerprints will not present a problem on the matte surfaces.

Frontal view of the Philips 241P4LRY.

The frame is 1.5 cm wide at the sides. At the top and bottom, it is a little wider, measuring 3.4 cm. The silver Philips logo stands out discreetly against the monitor frame. The two integrated speakers are located to the right and left of this and are connected in snappy style by the small rows of ventilation openings and give the monitor a friendly face. In the corners of the frame, discreet grey text indicates the features of the monitor and the functions of the OSD menu.

The stand consists of a round base plate with a straight cut towards the front and a curved arm. It gives an impression of elegance and stability. It locks into the VESA fixture on the back of the monitor panel with a click and can be removed easily using the button above. The large opening in the arm can be used as a convenient cable routing solution.

Left: VESA unlocking button and power switch. Right: Ergo sensor.

Ergonomically speaking, the arm is very flexible. The screen can be tilted up to 5 degrees forwards and 20 degrees backwards. In its lowest setting, the lower edge of the screen sits just 2.5 cm above the desk surface. A distance of 135 mm is also possible, creating the necessary space for rotating the screen into pivot mode.

When this is being done, the screen moves easily on two tracks with a rasping noise. The screen can be panned to the side by turning the arm on the base plate. This allows the screen to be panned +/-65 degrees. Alternative stands or wall mounts can be used thanks to the VESA100 fixture.

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