Philips 196V4L
Philips 196V4L
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Philips 196V4L

A classic and cheap to run 1366 x 768 LCD screen
18.5" 1366 X 768 Pixels 10000000:1 LED Dec 2012
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Philips 196V4L Review

With very low running costs and excellent reviews, we have scored the Philips 196V4L as follows for Summary.
118 Reviews
Missing Some Features
4 Years Old
£39 Over 8 Years
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 32?

It has not bad expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 80%, based on 118 reviews. NEC flatpanel monitors also have excellent reviews in general.
This PC monitor is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer PC monitors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest PC displays 2017.
This Philips PC monitor has running costs of only £39 over 8 years, which puts it in the cheapest 6% of all 2,768 LCD screens that we have compared it to.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, good picture quality and product quality.
The 196V4L is missing some features:
Only 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution
Quite narrow viewing angle, horizontal
Quite narrow viewing angle, vertical
Does not have a built-in speaker(s)

Philips 196V4L In-Depth Analysis


Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review site scored this flatpanel monitor 80 out of 100.

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Good Owner Reviews

This flatpanel monitor has an average owner rating of 80 out of 100 based on 117 owner reviews. Over 75% of reviewers gave this flatpanel monitor either 4 or 5 stars.

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Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Seven people reckoned that it was good value for money.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

Three customers who bought the product agreed that it had good picture quality.

Users Report Great Product Quality

10 owners who reviewed this PC monitor thought it was good quality.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Three owners who purchased this PC monitor thought it was well made.

Very Good Brand

We checked 876 owner and expert reviews (including 71 verified purchases) for Philips PC monitors and found that on average Philips has very good reviews compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Philips flatpanel monitor would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

The largest display resolution of the Philips 196V4L is 1366 x 768 pixels. That's 49% smaller display resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The worst resolution of all LCD screens is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 5120 x 2880 pixels.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Horizontal

The viewing angle, horizontal of the Philips 196V4L of only 90° is very narrow compared to most other LCD screens. It is in the narrowest 4% of all LCD screens when ordered by this feature. The narrowest viewing angle, horizontal of LCD screens is 17°, the widest is 180°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 170°.

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Quite Narrow Viewing Angle, Vertical

Across all the LCD screens the viewing angles, vertical range from 10° to 180°, and the average viewing angle, vertical is 160°. The Philips 196V4L's viewing angle, vertical of only 65° is in the narrowest 2% of all flatpanel monitors when ranked by this feature.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Philips 196V4L does not have a built-in speaker(s), although this is within the context that 53% of LCD screens also do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Philips released the 196V4L in December 2012.

Running Costs

Very Low Running Costs

The 196V4L is in the cheapest 6% of all 2,768 PC displays that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 196V4L will cost only £39 over 8 years to run.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers philips 8712581655532, philips 196v4lab200, philips 196v4lsb210, 196v4lsb269, 196v4lsb278, 196v4lsb293, 196v4lsb262
Barcodes 00712581655624, 04053162727830, 05053959408156, 05054629142134, 06951613902295, 08712581655518, 08712581655525, 08712581655532, 08712581655549, 08712581655556, 08712581655594, 08712581655600, 08712581655617, 08712581655624, 08712581655631