Philips Brilliance 190P6 review: Philips Brilliance 190P6

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Highly adjustable; four-port USB hub; embedded speakers; pivoting software.

The Bad Text display could be sharper; screen not uniformly bright.

The Bottom Line Aside from a few small image-quality flaws, the Philips Brilliance 190P6 has everything you need for business and some pleasure, too.

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Philips Brilliance 190P6

Though designed for corporate use, the dignified Philips Brilliance 190P6 will please home and business users alike with embedded speakers, a USB hub, and a high degree of adjustability. The snazzier LG Flatron L1981Q costs less than the $559.99 Brilliance 190P6, but it lacks speakers and a USB hub, and its image quality isn't as good.

Like most business-oriented 19-inch LCDs, the Brilliance 190P6 won't turn heads. Only a thin, dull stripe of chrome around the control panel interrupts the monitor's square shape and dark-gray coloring. At 16 pounds, the 190P6 is heavy, but a large, oval-shaped base keeps it from wobbling. Despite its plain design, this LCD is exceptionally adjustable. Its telescoping neck provides 7 inches of variable height. The panel tilts forward 25 degrees and backward 5 degrees. It swivels 65 degrees in both directions. It also pivots back and forth between portrait and landscape mode; curiously, it doesn't come with software to reorient the image, so you'll need a graphics card that can. Two plastic loops on the neck keep cables organized.

The Brilliance 190P6 includes both analog and digital ports, plus one upstream and four downstream USB 2.0 ports. Also onboard are an audio input, a headphone jack, and a pair of embedded 2-watt speakers. The speakers offer good sound quality but not enough volume. Philips provides cables for everything, including one USB 2.0 cable. The company will provide a free adapter for Mac users on request.

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Where to Buy

Philips Brilliance 190P6

Part Number: 190P6EB/27 Released: Jul 18, 2005

MSRP: $419.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 18, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 19 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.294 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 600:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 5:4