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8 Reasons For
Small monitors manufactured by Philips have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all PC displays (not just small monitors) and found that Philips also has good ratings across its entire range.
LED Display Type
This PC display has an LED display type, which is the most commonly found display type on small monitors that have been available for a similar time to it.
There are a number of alternative PC screens that have an LED Display currently available that you might want to look at including the Asus MB168[plb_1609101_price] which has better reviews; or the iiyama B1980SD[plb_1464513_price], or the Benq BL912[plb_1728633_price] which is cheaper.
Has a Built-In Speaker
The Philips 19B4 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other small monitors that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in speaker.
There are a number of alternative flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider including the NEC MultiSync EA193[plb_2073041_price], or the Benq BL902[plb_2048599_price] which is cheaper.
We compared this PC display to all the other PC displays with a built-in speaker and we think the Philips 19B4LCB5[plb_2997141_price] is also worth considering.
1280 X 1024 Pixels Display Resolution
This LCD screen has a display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, which is typical of many small monitors that are a similar age to it.
Quite Low Power Consumption When Off
Across all the PC displays of this age and type the power consumptions when off range from 0.1W to 5W. With a power consumption when off of only 0.1 Watts, the Philips 19B4 has a very low power consumption when off compared to most of the other small monitors that were released more than two years ago.
Fairly Big Viewable Height
Across all the comparable spec LCD screens that are a similar age to the 19B4 the viewable heights range from 110mm to 440mm. With a viewable height of 301.1 millimeters, the Philips 19B4 has a fairly big viewable height compared to most of the other PC monitors of a similar age and spec to the 19B4.
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1280 X 1024 (SXGA) Graphics Resolution
This PC screen has a graphics resolution of 720 x 400|1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 720 (HD 720)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many comparable spec PC screens that have been on the market for more than two years.
With a width of only 404 millimeters, the Philips 19B4 is quite narrow compared to most of the other small monitors that were released around the same time as the 19B4. Comparable spec PC monitors that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 100mm and 640mm.
11 Reasons Against
Price Has Increased by £18.75
In the last 8 days the price of the 19B4 has increased by £18.75.
Not 3D Compatible
The Philips 19B4 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and spec to the 19B4 are also not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Like most of the other PC displays of this age and type, the Philips 19B4 does not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Most LCD screens of a similar age and spec to the 19B4 do not have an integrated card reader. The Philips 19B4 is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.
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Quite Low Maximum Height Adjustment
At only 100 millimeters, the Philips 19B4 has a fairly low maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age to the 19B4. The maximum height adjustments of small monitors that have been around for a similar time to the 19B4 range from 50mm to 350mm.
Fairly High Power Consumption in Economy Mode
At 12.6 Watts, the Philips 19B4 has a fairly high power consumption in economy mode compared to most of the other similar spec PC screens that were released around the same time as the 19B4. The power consumptions in economy mode of small monitors that are a similar age to the 19B4 range from 7.7W to 15W.
Only 376.3 X 301.1mm Effective Viewing Area
The Philips 19B4 has a maximum effective viewing area of 376.3 x 301.1mm. That's 9% more effective viewing area than the most common effective viewing area of 408.24 x 255.15mm.
This LCD screen's effective viewing area (376.3 x 301.1mm) is actually the best effective viewing area amongst all PC displays of a comparable type and age to the 19B4.
The worst effective viewing area across similar types of LCD screen is 408.24 x 255.15mm.
Only 376.3 X 301.1mm Display Viewable Area
The biggest display viewable area of the Philips 19B4 is 376.3 x 301.1mm. That's 11% less display viewable area than a 476.64 x 268.11mm LCD screen, which is the most common display viewable area.
This PC display's display viewable area (376.3 x 301.1mm) is in fact the worst display viewable area amongst all PC displays of this type and age.
The best display viewable area amongst comparable types of PC display is 518.4 x 324mm.
Very High Power Consumption When Active
When compared to other comparable spec PC displays that have been on the market for a similar time to the 19B4, the Philips 19B4's power consumption when active of 19.2 Watts is one of the highest. The lowest power consumption when active of PC screens of this type and age is 8.7W and the highest is 20W.
Fairly High Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
The lowest power consumption when in PowerSave mode of PC screens that were launched around the same time as the 19B4 is 0.15W and the highest is 18W. At 9 Watts, the Philips 19B4 has a fairly high power consumption when in PowerSave mode compared to most of the other small monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 19B4.
The price range of PC monitors of this spec and age is from £43 to £954. We think that this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of this spec and age.
2 Other reasons to consider the Philips 19B4
Running Costs Are OK
The 19B4 has an average running cost of £32 over 5 years based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 264 PC displays of a comparable spec and age.
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this Philips flatpanel monitor was released.
1280 x 1024
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
SRGB Display Feature
Separate H/V Sync
Digital Vertical Frequency
56 - 75
Digital Horizontal Frequency
30 - 83
0.294 x 0.294
Vertical Viewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Typical Contrast Ratio
LCD, TFT, LCD/TFT
Native Aspect Ratio
Supported Number of Colours Display
16.78 million colours
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
PC Audio in
VGA (D-Sub) Port
RMS Rated Audio Power
Integrated TV Tuner
Recyclable Material Percentage
Mean Time Between Failures
0 - 90
Maximum Height Adjustment
-5 - 20
Swivel Angle Range
-65 - 65
VESA Mount Interface
-65 - 65
On Screen Display Language
CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR, UKR
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.11 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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