As Andy observed in his review of the HP w2207, 22in displays are fast becoming the new standard, offering a pleasing size, a widescreen aspect ratio and a reasonable native resolution with a uniform 1,680 x 1,050. While all of these are undoubtedly good things it has to be said that while the standard of most of these 22in displays is reasonable, none has really blown us away, though the aforementioned HP and Samsung’s 226BW are currently our two favourites.
When we heard that Philips was entering this rapidly crowded arena we were filled with anticipation, considering that Philips certainly knows how to make a good LCD display, as evidenced by this exquisite 37in 1080p TV. However, when the Philips 220WS turned up, we have to admit we were a touch disappointed. Compared to the design of the HP and Samsung screens it has something of a budget look about it. The monitor is available with two bezel colours, silver and black and we were the recipients of the silver one. It in no way looks expensive and lacks the finish of the HP and Samsung, with the joins at the bottom of the bezel all too visible and a rather naff curve surrounding the Philips logo.
The stand is even more disappointing, being a rather dreary slab of plastic that does nothing for the looks. Even worse, we had to actually screw the base on using a screwdriver. I can’t recall ever having to do this before, as normally a stand will just click into place. If the monitor stand were particularly impressive there might have been some justification for this – but as it is, the only feature it offers is that it tilts forward 25 degrees and back five degrees. There’s no rotate option as such but it turns on its base easily enough with the 5.6Kg weight holding it to the desk. It certainly doesn’t pivot as the HP w2207 does and there's no height adjustment. It does offer Vesa mounting holes though.
Connectivity wise, the connections are limited to standard DVI and a VGA port, but full thumbs up for having HDCP support on the DVI connector, so unwitting consumers won’t be disappointed when they play their HD DVD or Blu ray movies, probably at some point in the future.