- Review Price: £449.00
Philips’ partnership with LG has made it a major player in the TFT flat panel market. That said, having access to the best quality panels doesn’t necessarily equate to the best monitor. There’s a lot more to a good TFT monitor than the panel and thankfully Philips has spent a lot of time and effort over the past few years trying to make its products stylish, fully featured and easy to use.
With the 150MT2 Philips has created a screen for all uses. Not only can it be used as a computer monitor, but it can also be used for TV and DVD viewing.
As the name suggests the 150MT2 sports a 15in TFT panel with a native resolution of 1,024 x 768. This is probably the most commonly used resolution, but with the drop in price of 17in TFT screens more and more users are starting to enjoy a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution with a minimal increase in physical dimensions.
As 15in panels go this is a pretty good one. The colours are vibrant and vivid and the lighting is bright and even. There’s no sign of any dead pixels, but that tends to be a rarity these days. Using the 150MT2 as a PC desktop display results in a fairly pleasing experience although the bezel is wider than most modern flat panel displays and makes the screen area appear slightly smaller than it is.
The wide bezel doesn’t result in an unattractive design though. In fact Philips has created a good-looking unit in the 150MT2 that resembles a modern TV more than a PC monitor. Silver definitely seems to be the order of the day with flat panel displays and this Philips is no exception.
Below the wide matt silver bezel is a large perforated area that houses the stereo speakers and all the controller buttons. Sound from the speakers is pretty good and more than adequate for watching the odd movie or playing games. Obviously they’re no match for a fully active set of surround speakers, but if you’re after a clean and uncluttered workspace they come as a real bonus.
As well as the power button, there are six control buttons. The most welcome control button is an independent source switch that cycles through the plethora of input options. Controlling the OSD is achieved via the Menu/OK button and the four directional buttons, two of which can also be used for fast access to the volume control.
Navigating the OSD is a very simple affair although it still has a comprehensive amount of settings.
So, the 150MT2 is a perfectly competent desktop display that’s well designed and has an intuitive and comprehensive OSD system. If that was all this screen had to offer it wouldn’t really stand out from the crowd, so it’s a good thing that it has quite a few other features hidden up its sleeve.
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