Reducing eye fatigue is Philips aim with the Philips Brilliance 220X1 22in monitor with a glowing bezel. It's a fairly conventional, if slightly more stylish than normal LCD screen, sited on a single pillar stand with a limited degree of tilt for the display.

In its sleek white glossy finish, the Philips Brilliance 220X1 would lend itself well to being matched with an Apple PC such as the Mac mini.

The Philips Brilliance 220X1 is an anti-glare matt finish panel, so overhead lighting and window reflections should not prove a problem.

As with most screens costing less than around £300, the Philips Brilliance 220X1 uses the cheaper twisted-nematic (TN) technology, which gives excellent refresh rates for smooth motion rendering, although its colour gamut is not as wide as, for example, in-plane switching (IPS) technology.

We saw good, neutral colours, a little understaturated perhaps, but this will often be preferable to glossy screens that can surrealise and over-pop their colours. Off-axis side viewing was rated reasonably good for the type too.

Closer examination showed that small text was not as sharp as we'd hope. It had fairly even backlighting, with just a little vignetting visible when viewing an all-white image.

The bottom of the Philips Brilliance 220X1 screen is around 125mm from desk, and the screen is not adjustable for height so may require an extra platform below for long-term comfortable positioning. And in use we found it a little wobbly on its column if it was jostled. There are no built-in speakers.

To make adjustments the Philips Brilliance 220X1 has an excellent, well laid out and easy to follow on-screen menu. From here, for example, you can adjust the brightness of the LightFrame illuminated surround, which can be switched off, or set to nominal 1, 2 or 3 brightness levels.

And what of the eyestrain-beating LightFrame feature? It only glows in the one colour of soft blue, and while we couldn't test this scientifically, we were inclined to believe that it was indeed a more relaxing experience to work with this monitor, providing it was dimmed to around level 2.

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Philips Brilliance 220X1: Specs

  • 22in (1680x1050) 16:10 LCD monitor
  • anti-glare matt panel
  • DVI and VGA inputs
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 250cd/m2 brightness
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 specified contrast ratio (30,000:1 with Philips’ switchable SmartContrast)
  • sRGB mode
  • 350x517x74mm (without stand)
  • 4.88kg (with stand)
  • 22in (1680x1050) 16:10 LCD monitor
  • anti-glare matt panel
  • DVI and VGA inputs
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 250cd/m2 brightness
  • 5ms response time
  • 1000:1 specified contrast ratio (30,000:1 with Philips’ switchable SmartContrast)
  • sRGB mode
  • 350x517x74mm (without stand)
  • 4.88kg (with stand)

OUR VERDICT

The Philips Brilliance 220X1 is an attractive and well-made LCD monitor with well-designed user controls. Whether you’ll agree that paying the extra premium for the LightFrame feature is moot, and it really warrants being seen and tried first by a prospective buyer.

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