Last month I reviewed the AOC AGON AG352UCG  and I loved it. It was huge, flashy and a perfect gaming screen. In it’s place I was disappointed to get my hands on the Philips 243S7EHMB. Much smaller, simpler looking and claiming that it was ‘efficient’ didn’t exactly inspire confidence. I was wrong. I have tried a lot of monitors over the years and I’ve only once gone out and bought the monitor afterwards (the AOC 34″ U3477PQU for my gaming PC). The Philips monitor stands a very good chance of being the second.

That tagline of ‘reliable and essential features’ translates to a monitor that looks a little pastel and is probably the easiest on the eye of almost any monitor I’ve used. Philips has several technologies built into this including the flicker free and EasyRead. I’ve read the tech specs on the EasyRead carefully and probably the best way I can think of to explain it is like the difference between a tablet and an e-reader. A normal screen is a tablet and the 243SEHMB is the e-reader. Both have got their strengths but the e-reader is much easier on the eyes. The Philips monitor isn’t going to be great for high graphics and the one time I tried gaming with it, it did look washed out, but this is not a gaming monitor. It shines for text and most static uses.

The Ergohacks Verdict

Sometimes its difficult to write a review that doesn’t come across too positive so let me be clear – the Philips 243S7EHMB has its problems. If you’re into gaming or are doing any sort of graphics work it isn’t for you. If you are used to a larger screen, you’ll find the 24 inch size a little confining. However, if you work in text the bulk of the time and want something that’s easy on your eyes and isn’t going to really hurt your bank balance, it’s ideal. In short: if you want a business productivity monitor it’s a bloody good choice.
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Price: ± £145
Included: Monitor, stand, D-Sub Cable, Audio cable, power cable.

About Philips

Philips is a huge Dutch conglomerate that makes and sells a huge variety of products worldwide. It will probably be familiar to every reader for its TV’s healthcare equipment, monitors, smart home equipment, lights and consumer electronics.

Design

The 24S7 is on first sight a fairly ordinary looking monitor. Grey plastic build and very little styling that isn’t necessary but it’s got some hidden plusses. The first is is a stand that’s far more adjustable than most at it’s price range having a decent tilt, the ability to go into portrait and feeling generally very stable. It’s smaller and lighter than you’d expect considering the 24 inch screen real estate and manages this with very small bezels.

Controls are conventional buttons on the bottom right of the screen and are clearly labelled and  simple to use. Note that the soft blue and Easyread options are not turned on by default – as the screens biggest selling points you should be investigating the settings immediately.

Features

  • Softblue
  • Flicker-free
  • sRGB
  • Easyread ‘paper-like’ reading.
  • Tiny bezels which makes the monitor rather smaller than you’d expect for its display area. It also means that it could be tiled for a multiscreen setup very easily.

Specification

Product dimensions with stand: 54 x  48 x 20 cm
Product footprint: 20 x 20cm with extra overhang
Weight including stand: 5kg
Colour: Black

Technical Specification
Panel:IPS
Display area: 23.8″ diagonal or 52 x 30cm
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60hz
Pixel Density: 93ppi
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Viewing Angle:  178 degrees both horizontal and vertical
Colors: 16.7 Million
Frequency: 30-83 kHz and 56-76Hz vertically
Connectivity: VGA and HDMI 1.4
Audio: 3.5mm in and out
Speakers: Two Stereo 2W
Kensington Lock: Yes
VESA: Yes 100x100mm

Stand:
Height adjustment: 13cm
Pivot: 90 Degrees
Swivel: -/+175 degrees

Energy: Eco mode 11W, On 14.6, Standby .5W and off .3W
EU Energy Efficiency Label:

Warranty: 12 months from manufacturer defect.

Requirements

The monitor is a stand alone unit so needs a PC to drive it. Unlike gaming monitors it doesn’t need a powerful PC and I found it worked perfectly with both my laptop and a Chromebook.

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 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on three weeks of tinkering, testing and using the 243S7EHMB kindly loaned by Philips. This article was first published on 27 June 2017.