Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD; An In-Depth Review

If you’re one of the millions of computer users around the world who complain about headaches or feel tired after spending long hours in front of your desktop computer, you may be feeling the effects of blue-light emission from your monitor’s LED panel. More and more monitors now come with work-centric features for improved performance and image quality, but only few really looks deep into taking care of their users. Though most mid-range and top-tier gaming monitors now come with flicker-free and low blue light technology, only few business monitors includes this feature in their products. Philips however, looks to start a new trend in their Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD/27, as the monitor’s strongest selling point is about combating the negative effects of high-energy light exposure, for a very affordable price. How does it work? What makes this monitor a good deal? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

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Who is it for?

Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD is designed for users who log on long hours every day in their computers and needs help against the harmful high-energy light that is present in their computer screen, HDTVs, fluorescent lighting, smartphones, etc. It comes equipped with a special LED technology that greatly reduces high-energy light emission from the screen, allowing users to work for hours on a daily basis without hurting their eyes and causing fatigue.

 

Benefits

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Most display manufacturers focus on quality, performance, and aesthetics of their products, which is rightly so, because most people really look for the best bung for their buck. However, sometimes, the best image performance results to higher emission of harmful light, causing stress to the eyes. The Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD is an affordable 24-inch monitor that uses its brand’s very own SoftBlue LED technology, which works wonders in minimizing blue-light emission (a known eye stressor) to up to 90%, all without affecting the screen’s performance, from image quality to colour accuracy.

The Full HD screen runs 1920x1080p and supports 1080p signals from all sources, even the most recent Blu-ray and advanced HD consoles. Also, the signal processing is upgraded to a much higher quality and resolution. The screen makes flicker-free progressive scan pictures with great brightness and colors.

 

SoftBlue Technology to Take Care of Your Eyes

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Countless of studies show the dangers of ultra-violet rays, and how starring at the computer monitor for hours, on a regular daily basis can cause eye damage and stress. Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD addresses this problem by using SoftBlue technology LED lights, which is 90% better than standard LCD in minimizing blue light emission. The best part of it is it doesn’t affect color quality and image performance of the screen/

 

Great Out-of-the-Box Color Accuracy and Grayscale Performance

This business monitor has no trouble delivering great color accuracy straight out of the box. Chromaticity test shows colors red, green and blue are all close to their ideal coordinates, and all colors help the screen show darker blacks.

In terms of grayscale performance, this model also has no major problems. Based on the DisplayMate 64-Step grayscale test, only the two lightest shades look washed out. Dark grays look good, they transitioned cleanly. This results to deeper blacks and sharper colors.

5ms Response Time Good for Most Use

Despite sporting Twisted Nematic panel, the Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD is not designed for hardcore gaming. However, the 5ms (gray-to-gray) Pixel Response Time has no problem delivering mostly blur-free gaming action. Grant Theft Auto 5 in PlayStation 4 looked good, with a little ghosting in dark background scenes. Crysis 3 on PC also experience the same gaming quality – no problems were significant enough to distract you from the game.

The 10.8ms input lag (the time it takes for the screen to recognize and act actions and commands from controllers and keyboard, measured in Leo Bodnar test) also helps a lot in gaming. Which means no lag issues in this monitor.

 

Decent Viewing Angle

Viewing angle is a little better than most TN-based panels in the market. There were some minor shifting when viewing the screen from side to side, and a luminance loss when viewed from the top and bottom, but that’s a common issue in TN panels.

 

Energy Efficient Monitor, Perfect for Daily Use

This Philips monitor may not come with a power saving mode that can bring its power consumption down and cut corners in some areas of its performance. However, it only consumes 20 watts, making it far more efficient that most 24-inch monitors in the market. The ViewSonic VX2475Smh-4K runs at 30 watts, while AOC G2460PG  uses 32 watts, and BenQ XL2420G 30 watts.

 

Design and Features

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The Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD sports a classic Philips brand of simplicity – the glossy black cherry finish of the cabinet looks plainly black, until you look closer to its dark-reddish hue. The Twisted Nematic (TN) panel comes with a non-reflective, anti-glare coating, and housed in a 1.7 inch thin cabinet and weighs only 7.2 lbs.

 

Buttons and Controls

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There are four touch-sensitive control buttons in this Philips monitor, all located at the right side of the lower bezel. These buttons gives quick access to on-screen menus, however, the light-gray labels under the bezel made them almost unrecognizable and can be frustrating to use. Good thing the monitor comes with a Smart Control software, which gives you easier time in making picture setting adjustments using your keyboard and mouse.

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The Picture menu offers all the basics you need, from Brightness, Contrast, Gamma and Picture Format settings, along with three Smart Image (Picture modes), namely Standard, Internet and Game. When enabled, the Smart Contrast setting automatically adjusts the monitor’s backlight, depending on the content displayed on screen.

 

 

Connectivity Options

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This Philips work monitor doesn’t have a lot of connectivity options. The I/O port selection is limited to HDMI, VGA and DVI inputs, with audio hub and headphone jack, which are all housed at the back side of the cabinet, facing outward. No DisplayPort or USB hubs available for this model. 

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The HDMI port however, can double as MHL input, allowing users to connect their MHL-compatible devices such as smartphones, tablets, etc., to transfer files and charge the devices simultaneously.

 

Decent 3-Watt Speakers

Because it’s a work monitor, Philips understands the importance of keeping our work desk clutter-free, which is why the inclusion of the two 3-watt speakers is quite a good gesture. The speakers are relatively loud and free of distortions, but they’re a tad trebly.

 

Basic Round Base for Stability, Lacks Adjustability

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The cabinet sits on top of a round base, with a mounting arm that allows tilt adjustment. It’s pretty stable and firm. However, the stand’s limited adjustability may become an issue to some users. It allows 5° forward and 20° backward tilt. No swivel, height and pivot adjustments available.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the resource CD, user guide, drivers and the Smart Control software, along with the VGA video cable and a Quick Start Guide.

 

Bottom Line

The Philips E-Line 247E6BDAD may not wow you in performance, features and aesthetics, but that’s not just what it is all about. Rather, it’s a work monitor especially made for computer users who suffer from the negative effects of ultra-violet light while working for hours in front of their computers on a daily basis. The SoftBlue technology is a great solution against eye strain and fatigue, and in both short term and long term eye damage, as it eliminates blue-light emission of the screen.

Aside from its eye-friendly feature, this monitor doesn’t fall short in Full HD resolution and image quality. Colors remain accurate, while blacks look darker, making colors pop out even more from the screen.

Sure this monitor lacks the fancy features, stand adjustability and generous set of I/O ports to make an ultimate work monitor. Though you don’t get much in terms of features, it doesn’t fall short in delivering accurate colors and dark blacks, along with sharp full imagery. Also, based on its selling point alone, this Philips model is worth an investment, especially when it comes to eye health.

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