Philips Brilliance 230WP7 review: Philips Brilliance 230WP7

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Excellent image quality; ergonomic adjustability; USB hub; optional software for monitoring over a network; easy-to-navigate onscreen menu.

The Bad Expensive; clunky pivoting action; disappointing DVD playback.

The Bottom Line The 23-inch wide-screen Philips Brilliance 230WP7 display performs quite well and offers businesses some useful extras, but its offerings are too sparse to justify its high price.

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Philips Brilliance 230WP7

The 23-inch wide-screen Philips Brilliance 230WP7 is a good performer and will fit well in an office for graphics work, but its $1,499 price is too expensive for its limited feature set. To its credit, the Brilliance 230WP7 offers network-management software that businesses will appreciate, and users with a number of input devices will benefit from the four-port USB hub. But for almost $500 less, the Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW offers better overall performance and all the input options of the 230WP7, and it ups the ante by adding video inputs, media card readers, and picture-in-picture functionality. For offices with cash to spare, the Philips Brilliance 230WP7 is a fine choice, but less-expensive and better-connected monitors are available.

The Philips Brilliance 230WP7 sports a fairly basic design, with an inch-thick bezel, a prominent control panel, and a large, stable base. The buttons are almost artistic in their layout, and subtle flourishes such as inlaid plastic on the bottom front bezel and a two-toned, black-and-silver color scheme add interest to the otherwise plain design. The Brilliance 230WP7 offers all the adjustability we could ask for in a big, 23-inch monitor, including 45 degrees of swivel to the left and right and more than 7 inches of height adjustment. The panel also tilts back 25 degrees and forward 5 degrees and can pivot from portrait to landscape mode--a feature left off of many larger monitors such as the BenQ FP231W . The large, two-pronged base keeps the monitor stable through most adjustments, but it tends to move around while the screen is pivoted. A handle atop the monitor's neck makes height adjustments easier, which we appreciate since monitors this large can be a bear to adjust.

Connectivity options are limited. Standard DVI-I and VGA ports are lined up on the monitor's back, and one upstream and two downstream USB 2.0 ports are set apart in the lower-right corner of the back panel. Two more upstream USB 2.0 ports are embedded in the monitor's left side. Though Philips has the basic connections covered, the lack of video ports is disappointing, especially considering the monitor's large size and expensive price. Philips includes digital and analog cables as well as a USB cord.

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Where to Buy

Philips Brilliance 230WP7

Part Number: 230WP7NS Released: Jan 1, 2006

MSRP: $999.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan 1, 2006
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 23 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.258 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 700:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10