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REVIEW / Philips 220X1

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Alexandre Botella Published on May 4, 2009
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  • Screen size 22 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1680 x 1050 pixels
  • Response time 2 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Hub USB, Coque lumineuse
The 220X1, 22 inch from Philips, has a glossy white design, a response time of 2 ms and LCD LightFrame technology that is supposed to limit the visual fatigue that results from prolonged use of your computer.

When you take it out of its packaging, all is well. You’ll recognise the design common to this generation of Philips screen. The bezel is shiny while the base is in grey metallic plastic. At the back you’ll find the VGA and DVI sockets and a USB port (that allows you to link up a webcam for example, or a card reader). We would have liked to see an HDMI socket, a more flexible base and a headphones out.

When you turn the monitor on though, there’s a big surprise. The whole front of the bezel lights up in fluorescent blue. Not for sensitive souls.

This lighting is not however simply for effect. It is supposed to diminish visual fatigue due to your screen and improve concentration. For those who would rather suffer from eye pain, there’s a setting to turn the lighting down or off completely. We are more than sceptical as to the effectiveness of this system and have not seriously tested it over prolonged use. It's great for effect on those around you, but once you’ve made your impression and the joke’s over we think you’ll want to turn it off. We are aware that only those who appreciate this sort of lighting are likely to buy the screen.

Those who do like it will be happy to know that it doesn't use much energy: the difference with or without the band of lighting is only 2 Watts.


As is often the case with 2 ms Philips screens, activating the recommended function called "Smart Reponse" offers a good insight into what black ghosting is. It's terrible and affects all the Philips monitors that are supposed to be fast that we have tested recently: a negative (therefore dark) ghosting follows moving objects (more details on why this comes about in the inset on the right hand side of the test of the 220CW9).

Philips messes up again! The manufacturer really should get its engineers together to sort out the responsiveness of its monitos. Obviously because of this we strongly advise gamers to steer clear of this screen even though it has zero display delay.

In films

Nothing new to report here. Because of the lack of a graphics correction chip, videos are always accompanied by marked flickering and upscaling is simply disastrous. Your choice of source, or player, will be vital then to get good quality images.
Colours and contrast
The average difference between the colours requested by the graphics card and those displayed by the monitor, or the deltaE, is 2.8 on the 220X1 on default settings. Although this result is already excellent for a general consumer screen, it can be improved. In the OSD, you can eliminate a slight red tinge by setting colour temperature at 7500 K. Still in the menu, setting the gamma to 2.4 will solve a few little brightness problems in the gray tones. The final result is more than satisfying with a deltaE at 2.2 along with a contrast ratio at over 840:1, which is the best you’ll find on a 22 inch right now.

To be perfect the screen would just have needed more open angles of vision and a better visual homogeneity. Only a VA or IPS panel could have improved on the current results however.


  • Faithful colours
  • High contrast ratio


  • TN panel = reduced angle of vision
  • Poor ergonomics


Its colours are faithful but it is poorly designed and its responsiveness is not even comparable to entry level 5 ms TN screens. It is much too expensive for what it is.
3 Philips 220X1 DigitalVersus 2009-05-04 00:00:00
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