Philips Brilliance 200W6CB review: Philips Brilliance 200W6CB

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 5.0
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The Good Good image quality; ready for IT-friendly asset-management software; built-in speakers.

The Bad Cannot pivot from Landscape to Portrait mode; difficult to adjust; only one downstream USB port; drab-looking design; optional asset-management software is expensive.

The Bottom Line The wide-screen Philips Brilliance 200W6CB display performs quite well and offers some useful extras (that will cost you extra), but other displays offer more flexibility in form and function.

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Philips Brilliance 200W6CB

The Philips Brilliance 200W6CB is a good performer and will fit well in a business office or at home, but it lacks the features and adjustability we've seen on other similarly priced wide-screen LCDs. To its credit, the Brilliance 200W6CB offers network-management software (though it costs an additional $650) that businesses will appreciate; and home users may benefit from the standalone speakers, which can play music without video input. If you need the network-management software and like the staid look of the monitor, its $699.99 asking price is fair. But for the same price, the HP f2105 offers better-sounding built-in speakers and better performance; for even less money, the Dell 2005FPW provides S-Video ports, a pivoting screen, and picture-in-picture functionality.

In a product category where slick and space-age are the prevailing aesthetics, the Brilliance 200W6CB is a decidedly drab-looking display. Its matte-black bezel runs 0.75 inch wide along the top and sides and 2.5 inches wide along the bottom, where the decent-sounding 2-watt speakers are located. The display has a short, hinged neck and a round base, and its flexibility is fairly limited: you can't pivot it between Portrait and Landscape mode, and you can raise the panel only 2 inches. The hinges are very stiff, so making the few possible adjustments requires two hands and quite a bit of muscle. The display turns easily on a smooth surface thanks to a lazy-Susan-style disc built into the monitor's base. For $60, you can buy a special ergonomic base with a telescoping neck that adds 5 inches of height adjustment and a Landscape-to-Portrait pivot function.

The Brilliance 200W6CB offers an adequate array of ports for a monitor of this category, including digital and analog inputs, an upstream USB 2.0 port, a PC audio jack, and a headphone jack; given that it's a wide-screen monitor, we'd also like to see an S-Video input. Philips generously includes digital, analog, USB, and audio cables, and a Mac adapter is free upon request. On the back of the neck is a plastic panel that snaps off so that you can tuck all the cables neatly out of sight. Along the bezel's left edge sits one downstream USB port; in our opinion, that's at least one too few; most LCDs have at least two downstream ports, if not three or four.

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Philips Brilliance 200W6CB

Part Number: 200W6CB/27 Released: Jul 18, 2005
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  • Release date Jul 18, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 20.1 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.258 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 600:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10