The Good Enough; the illuminated canvas has a rather relaxing effect; very accurate color reproduction
The Bad Just three light intensities for the frame; you cannot change the color of the lighting; awkward arrangement of controls; dear; no HDMI port.
The Bottom Line The Philips Brilliance 220X1SW is undoubtedly unique and also quite relaxing to use, but while it is beautiful, it is also quite expensive. You can get a 24-inch 1080p monitor for a price. However, it offers very accurate color reproduction and excellent build quality
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Billed as a monitoreye-reducing, 22-inch Philips Brilliance 220X1SW is designed for people who spend many hours a day getting stuck in front of theirPC. Philips claims that its backlit frame, which glows in soft, soothing blue light, will benefit your health at the same time as looking good. The 220X1SW resolution, which has a resolution of 1680×1.050 pixels, is available for about 190 pounds.
See the light
Philips calls this lighting system “Lightframe”. This is not to be confused with previous LightFrame technology available on previous displays. The old LightFrame and the new Lightframe are two completely different things. We would have explained the previous one, but then you would be just as confused as we were when we first heard about this new show.
Designed to reduce eye strain and usually to make you feel good, the entire 220X1SW panel lights up in blue, creating the effect that your desktop floats magically in mid-summer sky. Philips, being a pretty big fish in the lighting pond, is especially in love with outdoor lighting effects, as seen in hisAmbilight TVsand gaming speakers amBX PC. Lightframe has a similar effect and can be manually tuned to bright, dim or not glow at all, but it lacks any built-in intelligence that allows more sophisticated technologies to respond to sound or light input.
We found out that Lightframe did create a really relaxing work environment. The lowest setting seemed the best, while the brighter settings were somewhat distracting. We would also like a finer control over the brightness rather than the three discrete steps provided.
We may like Lightframe technology, but is the display useful? Fortunately, the answer is yes. With past displays, Philips has worked hard to maximize image quality, and the 220X1SW continues this trend.
Instead of trying to stretch, enlarge, and control original content with visually appealing tricks, the 220X1SW aims to reproduce that content correctly, displaying very accurate colors, thanks to fine-tuning the monitor and fine-tuning in the factory.
The efforts of Philips have clearly paid off. We calibrated all review monitors as part of the test process and found that with the 220X1SW the calibration process had changed little because the monitor was already displayed. This means that if you are editing photos or videos, but are definitely not calibrating the monitor, you can be sure that this display will give you pretty good, accurate colors right out of the box.
If you appreciate acceleration and control, Philips also offers a suite of features called “SmartImage”. This is an automatic image processing technology that analyzes image content and adjusts contrast, color saturation and sharpness for optimal performance. It’s more like a reasonable version of brightness presets.
While our preferred SmartImage setting would be “off”, you can also choose Office Work, Image View, Entertainment, and Save. Each of these files enlarges, sharply, or dims the image in a number of predefined ways. Office mode reduces brightness for comfortable long-term use, while image and entertainment modes enhance color and clarity for more immediate, albeit less accurate, results.
Unfortunately, the buttons for controlling these functions were somewhat inconveniently tightened on the right side of the display, behind the lip of the bezel. They are also really small, and they are almost inaudibly small, silvery-white legends. In the generally recognized rare cases where you want to communicate with the settings, you are left wandering around in the dark, nervously playing Russian roulette with a switch.
In contrast, some monitors do reward you for taking control: for example, the LG W2353V will flash flirtatiously as you approach your hand, pointing your fingertips to the desired location. This may seem like a minor point, but the very reason for the existence of the 220X1SW is to reduce, not create, stress.
The overall build quality of the 220X1SW is nice, but there is a built-in single-port USB hub, as well as VGA and DVI inputs.
The Philips Brilliance 220X1SW is a good monitor and its Lightframe technology makes it quite enjoyable to use. But it is quite expensive. You can pick up a pretty decent, 2480-inch 24-inch monitor for the price, including an HDMI port and built-in speakers, none of which is available on the 220X1SW.
Edited by Charles Clough