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Also con­sider: he world might not be buy­ing as many per­sonal com­put­ers as it used to, but there is still a roar­ing de­mand for screens to con­nect to all the gad­gets that have re­placed con­ven­tional PCs. The hum­ble com­puter mon­i­tor is now a multi-pur­pose de­vice used for ev­ery­thing from word-pro­cess­ing to watch­ing live news and it’s not un­com­mon for there to be two on ev­ery desk in a mod­ern of­fice.

De­spite be­ing about as com­modi­tised as prod­ucts get, there’s an in­ter­est­ing pocket that’s de­vel­oped be­tween the high-def­i­ni­tion LCD dis­plays we’ve come to know and love, and the new, ‘ul­tra-high def­i­ni­tion’ 4K prod­ucts that we’re cur­rently be­ing told we need. In­be­tween is an it­er­a­tion of ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy that isn’t quite cut­ting-edge, but of­fers a vast im­prove­ment nonethe­less – and is at­tain­able at rea­son­able prices. All that is a fancy way of say­ing that if you’re in the mar­ket for a new com­puter mon­i­tor, you can get some­thing pretty spec­tac­u­lar with­out break­ing the bank.

We’ve been test­ing one of Philips’s l a t e s t mon­i­tor s that of­fer the very best of the cur­rent high-def­i­ni­tion g e ner a t i on, a nd I’d be hard pressed to rec­om­mend some­thing bet­ter – whether you’re watch­ing a movie, play­ing games or mo­tor­ing through spread­sheets.

The 21.5” mon­i­tor in ques­tion makes use of ‘AH IPS’ tech­nol­ogy that re­ally pushes the lim­its of what’s pos­si­ble on ex­ist­ing stan­dards. IPS, or in-plane switch­ing, is a rel­a­tively old screen tech­nol­ogy that ex­tends what’s pos­si­ble with liq­uid-crys­tal dis­plays but wasn’t com­mer­cially vi­able un­til re­cently. It im­proves the view­ing an­gle of mon­i­tors, con­sumes less power and en­ables higher image qual­ity with more bright­ness than con­ven­tional LCD screens.

Philips has pack­aged all this in a 16:9 screen that matches the res­o­lu­tion con­sid­ered per­fect by mod­ern f ilm­mak­ers. The unit we tested is light­weight, very easy to set up and worked out of the box con­nected to my MacBook and with­out any of the tweak­ing and fid­dling that most screens re­quire.

There is lit­tle to crit­i­cise on this prod­uct. Colours look re­ally good, con­trast is spec­tac­u­lar and the screen is a near-per­fect size. The only thing miss­ing is an HDMI port, which is un­usual for a mod­ern mon­i­tor, but easy to work around.

If you’re look­ing for a new com­puter mon­i­tor, you can’t do much bet­ter than this. The next gen­er­a­tion of 4K mon­i­tors is still priced out­side the realms of rea­son and it ’ l l be some time be­fore main­stream prod­ucts are within reach. Un­til then, IPS mon­i­tors like this are king of the hill and Philips has some of the best avail­able.

Com­pe­ti­tion: LG-MP76 IPS mon­i­tor

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