Philips 237E3QPH : A good example of a performing yet affordable IPS monitor

4/19/2012 3:20:37 PM

A good example of a performing yet affordable IPS monitor

For professionals in digital photography, graphic design, video editing, prepress, and the like, their monitor of choice is usually one using in-plane switching (IPS) technology. An IPS panel offers better color resolution and wider viewing angles, compared to the much more common and inexpensive TN (twisted nematic) panel. However, prices of IPS monitors have come down quite a bit, and the Philips 237E3QPH is one example. Priced at $279, this 23-inch, white LED-backlit monitor has a native resolution of 1920x1080, and sports a VGA and two HDMI inputs.

Description: Philips 237E3QPH

Like most 23-inchers we’ve handled, the panel and the base of the 237E3QPH need to be put together first out of the box. It’s a simple matter of inserting the base to the column and tightening the screw at the bottom, so we had the monitor up and running in less than a couple of minutes. Upon closer inspection, we noticed that this monitor has a translucent blue bezel that juts out at the sides. With a table lamp behind it, the glow looks pretty cool; however, the extra width of the bezel may put off those looking to place two monitors side by side. Five touch controls (which we found to be quite insensitive) line up along the bottom right; a status LED is placed in the middle, right where the Philips logo is. If you find the latter distracting, the intensity can be changed, or it can be turned off completely.

Description: The touch controls on our test unit aren’t very responsive.

The touch controls on our test unit aren’t very responsive.

The monitor has a PowerSensor feature that’s aimed to save power consumption. Infrared signals are transmitted to detect the proximity of the user, if the user leaves his seat, the monitor would lower the power consumption. Five settings (for varying detection distances) are available, and can be quickly adjusted via one of the touch controls. The monitor will also detect the displayed content and alter the contrast ratio dynamically by tweaking colors and backlight.

Out of the box, color accuracy was good, though nothing to shout about. Blue was the main culprit here, coming in a bit too strong. After calibration, color fidelity was very good; the delta-E dropped to 1.9. There are no user-selectable gamma settings; it’s fixed at 2.2. Three image presets are given: Standard, Internet, and Game. For most tasks, Standard should suffice, as it strikes a good balance between brightness and contrast. Game will turn on the overdrive circuit (Philips calls it SmartResponse) to reduce the ghosting effect during games or movies. Philips claims a 7ms response time with SmartResponse, and 14ms without. In the Color sub-menu, you can alternate color temperature between 6500K and 9300K; a standalone sRGB mode can also be found.

All in all, we recommend the Philips 237E3QPH to anyone looking for a good yet affordable IPS monitor, and who are willing to forgo things like a USB hub or DisplayPort connection. The lack of a DVI-D connection may bother some, but that’s easily remedied by an adapter.

At a glance

Panel type: IPS

Resolution: 1920x1080

Response time: 5ms

Video inputs: D-Sub, 2x HDMI

Price: $279



Aspect ratio: 16:9

Brightness: 250cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 (typical), 2,000,000:1 (SmartContrast)

Viewing angle: 178/178 degrees (H/V) Tilt Tilt -5/20 degrees

Number of colors: 16.7M

Power consumption: 32.7W (typical)

Other features: SmartImage Lite, SmartResponse, PowerSensor, touch controls

Dimensions: 568x435x238mm (with stand)

Weight: 3.46kg (with stand)







Verdict: 8.0

Physique: 8.0

Features: 8.5

Performance: 8.0

Value: 8.5

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