Build Quality and Design: excellent featuresThat includes great usability, thanks to a height adjustable stand with a pivot mode allowing you to use it in landscape mode. There's also a four-port USB hub on the outside. A motion sensor at the front can tell when you move away from the monitor, and lowers the brightness accordingly.
For audio, there's a pair of 2 x 1.5 W speakers and a line out for headphones, while video is covered by VGA, DVI and DisplayPort inputs. Already, this monitor has done better than around 80% of the competition in this section, but Philips doesn't stop there! Because the firm has chosen an MVA display, the viewing angles are excellent, and blocks of colour look much more even than they would with TN technology. It's hard to see why we wouldn't give the P241P4 five stars!
There is, however, one thing missing: a HDMI input, which makes it very hard to use the P241P4QPY as an extra TV. But then again, Philips is aiming at professionals who are unlikely to want to wire their monitor up to a games console, TV decoder or DVD player.
Display: accurate colours and 3000:1 contrastWith its factory settings, the P241P4QPY is pretty much spot on, almost achieving perfect colour reproduction with a deltaE score of 3.4.
Fortunately, after a quick visit to the onscreen menu--to set the colour temperature to 7500 K--you can get the deltaE as low as 2.5, removing the slight red tinge that got in the way of perfect whites at the same time.
The contrast ratio of 3000:1 is not just excellent but exceptionally rare for a desktop monitor.
Responsiveness: working overdrive--at last!Philips has finally fitted a user-adjustable overdrive system, so there's no more Hobson's choice between awful responsiveness or aggressive reverse ghosting. Taking the SmartResponse setting from Off up to 1 in the menus gives the 241P4 the chance to improve its ghosting time from 28 ms to 17.5 ms.
That's an improvement, but it still doesn't make the P241P4 suitable for gamers: fast-moving objects won't quite look sharp. We've often complained about Philips' problems with this feature in the past, and although the firm has taken a while, we're glad to see it has finally responded.
The input lag is comfortably underneath the threshold of human visual perception, with an average delay of around 13.3 ms, meaning the P241P4 won't cause any problems when you're having a multiplayer session.
- Wide viewing angles
- Accurate colours after calibration: deltaE: 2.5
- Contrast ratio: 3000:1
- Too much ghosting for gaming
- No HDMI input
This is big news: the 241P4QPY is the first ever Philips monitor to score five stars on DigitalVersus. It might not be suitable for gamers, but the P241P4 has accurate colour reproduction, great contrast and great usability, alongside wide viewing angles and reasonable energy consumption. Bravo!