The energy efficiency rating of this medium monitor is A+, and based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 231P4 will cost only £31 over 5 years to run, which makes it one of the cheapest to run LCD screens of this age and spec.
One Philips 231P4 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “The connections are sensibly grouped with the USB 3.0 input and the two 3.0” .
Four USB Type-A Downstream Ports
The Philips 231P4 is a four USB Type-A downstream port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 231P4 have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports.
Philips Has Good PC Monitor Reviews
Philips has good average reviews for its medium monitors as well as across its entire LCD screen range.
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Has a Built-In Speaker
The Philips 231P4 has a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other similar spec PC displays that came out more than two years ago which do not have a built-in speaker.
Alternative flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the 239C4QHWAB[pl_3175150_price], or the 241B4LPYCB[pl_1529775_price] both from Philips or the iiyama XB2783HSU[plb_1619965_price].
Four USB 2.0 Ports
The Philips 231P4 is a four USB 2.0 port LCD screen.
1080p Video Mode
This PC monitor has a 1080i|1080p|480i|480p|576i|576p|720p video mode, which is typical of many medium monitors that were launched more than two years ago.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution
This PC screen has a graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), which is the most frequently found graphics resolution on LCD screens of a comparable age and type to it.
Has Three Cables Included
The number of cables included found on the Philips 231P4 is more than most medium monitors that are a similar age to it. This LCD screen has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium monitors that were released around the same time as the 231P4. The cables included "USB" and "VGA" are also found on this flatpanel monitor.
Supports One Placement
The number of placements supported by the Philips 231P4 is more than most medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to it. This LCD screen supports a Horizontal placement, which is the most frequently supported placement supported by LCD screens of this age and spec.
The weights of flatpanel monitors of this age and spec range from 3g to 39kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. The Philips 231P4 is quite light (only 3 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago.
17 Reasons Against
Poor Product Quality
A number of Philips 231P4 owners considered that the Philips 231P4 was not good quality. Ali said “The picture quality is atrocious, especially if you need to read on screen literature or type projects” in his review of this PC monitor. Ali also mentioned “The sound quality is rubbish and can be compared to a whisper on the loudest setting”.
Inferior Picture Quality
One customer who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good picture quality.
Poor Sound Quality
One Philips 231P4 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good sound quality.
Price Has Increased by £48.72
In the last 30 days the price of the 231P4 has increased by £48.72.
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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The Philips 231P4 is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC screen.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Like most of the other PC screens of this spec and age, the Philips 231P4 does not have a built-in camera.
It is worth considering other flatpanel monitors which also have a built-in camera including the Philips 272C4QPJKAB[plb_1532812_price] which also has a higher rating.
Not 3D Compatible
Most LCD screens of this age and spec are not 3D compatible. The Philips 231P4 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
PC monitors which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the XL2411[pl_2130532_price], or the XL2420[pl_1453626_price] both from Benq or the Asus VG248QE[plb_1529549_price] which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Like most of the other medium monitors that came out more than two years ago, the Philips 231P4 does not have an integrated card reader.
Very Low RMS Rated Audio Power
The lowest RMS rated audio power of PC displays that have been around for a comparable time to the 231P4 is 0.5W and the highest is 49W. The Philips 231P4 has a fairly low RMS rated audio power (only 1.5 Watts) compared to most of the other PC screens that have been on the market for around the same time as the 231P4.
Very Short Mean Time Between Failures
Across all the LCD screens that came out around the same time as the 231P4 the mean time between failures range from 30h to 70,000h, and the average mean time between failures is 33,000h. The Philips 231P4 has a quite short mean time between failures (only 30 hours) compared to most of the other PC screens of a comparable age and type to the 231P4.
Only HD HD Type
This PC monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is the most commonly found HD type on similar spec flatpanel monitors that have been available for more than two years.
Only Two USB 3.0 Ports
The Philips 231P4 is a two USB 3.0 port LCD screen.
Fairly High Average Power Consumption
The Philips 231P4 has one of the higher average power consumptions (29.1 Watts) amongst PC monitors of this age. Medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the 231P4 have average power consumptions of between 0.5W and 63W.
Quite High Power Consumption When Active
Comparable spec PC monitors that have been available for more than two years have power consumptions when active of between 9W and 63W. The Philips 231P4 has a fairly high power consumption when active (29.1 Watts) compared to most of the other comparable spec PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 231P4.
Fairly High Power Consumption When in PowerSave Mode
With a power consumption when in PowerSave mode of 18 Watts, the Philips 231P4 has one of the higher power consumptions when in PowerSave mode amongst flatpanel monitors of this age. The lowest power consumption when in PowerSave mode of flatpanel monitors of a comparable type and age to the 231P4 is 0.14W and the highest is 80W.
Very Slow SmartResponse
At 7 milliseconds, the Philips 231P4 has a very slow smartResponse compared to most of the other LCD screens of this spec and age. The smartResponses of comparable spec LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the 231P4 range from 1ms to 7ms.
Quite Slow Response Time
When compared to other LCD screens that were released around the same time as the 231P4 that we have checked, the Philips 231P4's response time of 14 milliseconds is one of the slowest. The response times of flatpanel monitors of this age and spec range from 1ms to 40ms, and the average response time is 6.1ms.
4 Other reasons to consider the Philips 231P4
Released Over Two Years Ago
Philips released the 231P4 over two years ago.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This PC display has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as it.
LCD Display Type
The Philips 231P4 has a better display type than most PC displays that were released around the same time as it. This LCD screen has an LCD display type, whereas most similar spec PC displays that were released more than two years ago have an LED display type.
We compared this PC screen to all the other PC monitors that have an LCD Display and we think because of it's better review score, the iiyama B2280WSD-B1[plb_1378652_price], the Acer S236[plb_1563421_price], and the Asus VW24[plb_2199699_price] is also worth considering.
If the display type of this PC screen is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the 231P4Q[pl_1394858_price] (LED and higher rated), or the 275C5[pl_2497492_price] (LED and higher rated) both from Philips or the Asus PB238[plb_2368528_price] (LED and higher rated).
+2 Other reasons
With a width of 547 millimeters, the Philips 231P4 has a fairly average width compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the 231P4.
We compared this LCD screen to all the other 547mm wide PC monitors and we think because of it's better review score, the Philips 231P4Q[plb_1394858_price] is also worth considering.
1920 x 1080
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Full HD, HD
SRGB Display Feature
Separate H/V Sync
Vertical Scan Range
56 - 75
Horizontal Scan Range
30 - 83
0.265 x 0.265
Vertical Viewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Typical Contrast Ratio
Native Aspect Ratio
Supported Number of Colours Display
16.78 million colours
Ports & Interfaces
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB Type-A Downstream Port
USB Hub Version
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
RMS Rated Audio Power
Integrated TV Tuner
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Mean Time Between Failures
Thin Client Installed
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
10, 10, 100, 10, 100, 1000
Ethernet LAN Port
0 - 90
Maximum Height Adjustment
-5 - 20
Swivel Angle Range
-65 - 65
VESA Mount Interface
-65 - 65
Plug and Play
On Screen Display Language
CHI (SIMPL), DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, KOR, POR, RUS
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