Review: Philips 220X1

Our score: 3/5
Reviewed: May 3, 2009 11:00 PM
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Published: May 3, 2009 11:00 PM
By Alexandre Botella
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.
3/5 Philips 220X1 DigitalVersus 2009-05-04 00:00:00


  • 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.