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The Philips 150P4 is a well-designed, if rather plain-looking, 15-inch LCD. It sits on a stable, circular base. The double-hinged neck lets you lower the display to near desk level and raise it to about 3.5 inches above the desktop; you can also tilt the display back and forth to adjust the viewing angle. While it can be attached to a "--="">&siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Evesa%2Eorg%2F" target="_blank">VESA-compatible arm or a wall mount, the 150P4 does not offer more-advanced adjustability options, such as a side-to-side swivel or a Portrait/Landscape pivot. Of course, you can physically turn the display from side to side, base and all, but office users who give lots of presentations may prefer a display with a nice, smooth swivel and superior overall adjustability, such as the HP L1925 or the ViewSonic VP191b.
The 150P4 is Mac and PC compatible and works with both VGA (analog) and DVI-D (digital) video cards, but to our disappointment, Philips includes only a VGA cable. Regardless of which connection you use, you will appreciate the display's cable-feed system: snap the plastic cover off the back of the neck, bunch the cables into the space provided there, then snap the cover back on. We dislike removing plastic parts, as this inevitably leads to broken bits, but we'll tolerate it if it means keeping cables out of sight.
Other virtues of the 150P4 include an onscreen menu, easily accessed and navigated via attractive buttons, and a wealth of helpful documentation, including a quick-setup guide; an abridged, paper user guide; and a full user manual on CD. The CD is where you'll also find the not-so-useful LightFrame software, designed to let you highlight (by adjusting the brightness and contrast) those portions of the display on which you will be viewing photos, videos, or other files while preserving your normal settings on the rest of the screen. Perhaps this is something that graphics pros will find helpful, but when we experimented with it, LightFrame just made the highlighted areas look grainy and overexposed.
At any rate, the Philips 150P4 looks good enough without any highlighting. With the 150P4, letters sometimes ran together in text of smaller font sizes, and the monitor did a better job reproducing grayscale than color. However, these issues are fairly typical of LCDs, and overall, the display received a rating of good in CNET Labs' image-quality tests.
The Philips 150P4 is a solid, attractive LCD that would be a reasonable choice for the home or the office if only others, such as the Sony SDM-HS53 and the HP L1502, didn't offer comparable image quality at a much lower price.
|CNET Labs DisplayMate tests (Longer bars indicate better performance)|
|Brightness in nits (Longer bars indicate better performance)|
|Note: Measured with the Sencore CP500.|