Philips 231P4QUPES

An un­usual mon­i­tor that uses USB video con­nec­tion rather than HDMI

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT -

£210 Man­u­fac­turer Philips, Dis­play 23-inch IPS panel Res­o­lu­tion 1920x1080 Video in­ter­face VGA/USB

Con­nec­tiv­ity 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0

On pa­per, the 231P4QUPES looks good for any­one that needs an af­ford­able mon­i­tor for use with a Mac Mini or a Mac­Book.

Its 1920x1080 res­o­lu­tion isn’t in the same league as some of the 4K mon­i­tors now avail­able, and the plas­tic cas­ing does have a rather cheap feel to it. How­ever, its 23-inch IPS panel pro­duces a crisp, colour­ful im­age with wide view­ing an­gles and will be more than ad­e­quate for of­fice work or watch­ing Net­flix.

You can ad­just the height of the screen and ro­tate it into the up­right por­trait po­si­tion. How­ever, the real sell­ing point is the built-in USB hub. As well as pro­vid­ing three USB ports for con­nect­ing pe­riph­er­als – ideal for the new Mac­Book with its sin­gle USB-C con­nec­tor – you can send the video sig­nal from your Mac to the dis­play with the in­cluded USB ca­ble.

Us­ing the USB ca­ble for video re­quires a spe­cial piece of soft­ware called Dis­playLink, which is still in beta for Mac users. It’s not sup­ported by Philips, so you won’t get any help from them if you en­counter any prob­lems. Apart from the USB con­nec­tor, the 231P4QUPES is only equipped with an old VGA port, so it’d make more sense if the mon­i­tor had an up-to-date HDMI in­ter­face to pro­vide a re­li­able al­ter­na­tive to Dis­playLink. Cliff Joseph

The 231P4QUPES mon­i­tor’s built-in USB hub will be ideal for the new Mac­Book. A ver­sa­tile and af­ford­able mon­i­tor, but it needs an HDMI in­ter­face to bring it up to date.

Very good im­age qual­ity

Ad­justable height

Built-in USB hub

Dis­playLink soft­ware is still beta

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