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REVIEW / Philips 230

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on May 25, 2009
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  • Screen size 23 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Enceintes 2 x 2 Watts
At first sight, the Philips 230E1 looks as if it is a clone of the 230C1. Both these screens are 23 inch full HD with HDMI, DVI and VGA sockets. The main difference between the two models is panel responsiveness. Philips rates the 230E1 at 5 ms and the 230C1 at 2 ms. Both have the same 2 x 2 watt speakers. If you don't like the sound, Philips also gives the option of plugging in some headphones or a speaker kit just above the built-in speakers.

As far as appearance goes it has the same black glossy bezel and chrome base. The speakers have been placed behind a grey band that runs under the bezel. As usual, Philips includes its 1 port USB hub. We would have liked to see a second but even this is useful for, say, connecting your USB key directly to the screen rather than having to reach behind your PC. All in all, it looks pretty good on your desk. Its main default remains its base. No pivot mode, nor vertical adjustment.


The responsiveness of the panel is disappointing. This is the first time that a manufacturer has included the option of having overdrive on or off on a 5 ms panel. Unfortunately, as usual (this is a fault we've been pulling Philips up on regularly), Philips has handled this poorly. When activated, you get reverse ghosting. We advise you to disactivate it. You then have a very bad 5 ms. We're not talking ghosting here but full images that are delayed. Any gamers should steer well clear.

Good default colours

Although this panel is not very responsive, colour quality is much better. It has a default deltaE of 1.8 which is really excellent. In contrast to the 2 ms model, contrast is not a problem. In fact it is rather good. Contrast ratio comes in at 1000 :1.

Film quality
As usual this TN panel doesn't do very well with films. There is more flickering than with VA type panels. For the rest, upscaling is virtually non-existant and camera movements can be blurred because of the panel's poor responsiveness.


  • Default colours good
  • High contrast ratio
  • Nice to look at
  • VGA + DVI + HDMI
  • Headphones socket


  • Reverse ghosting when responsiveness pushed
  • TN panel = reduced angle of vision
  • Fixed base
  • Ghosting is more visible than usual


A very handsome screen with good colour quality but only any good with office docs. This screen is one of the worst for films and games because of the marked ghosting.
3 Philips 230E1 DigitalVersus 2009-05-25 00:00:00
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