Philips 242B1v monitor review - do not spy!

Our new review is dedicated to the monitor, which is equipped with a Privacy Mode mode that hides the image from the screen from an extraneous eye. We tell what else can boast this unusual device.

Technical characteristics

  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect ratio: 16: 9
  • Contrast: 1000: 1
  • Response Time: 4 ms
  • Maximum update rate: 75 Hz
  • Type of matrix: IPS
  • Diagonal: 23.8 "
  • Brightness: 350 NIT
  • Viewing angles (horizontally and vertical): 178 ° x 178 ° / 90 ° x 178 °
  • Dynamics: 2 x 2 W
  • Weight (C stand ): 5.78 kg
  • Dimensions (w x in x d): 540 mm x 501 mm x 205 mm

Data protection is not an empty sound for many organizations. In addition to providing confidentiality by software methods, some companies also requires protection against visual "hacking": it is necessary that no nobody saw the data displayed on the monitor screen. It is this purpose that the monitor of Philips 242B1V, which reliably hides important information from curious eyes, does not force the use of protective screens and other primitive means.

Complete set and design

Delivery kit is quite rich: In addition to the power cord, there is also a set of VGA cables, HDMI and DisplayPort, wire 3.5 mm as well as drivers with drivers.

Due to the modular design, combine the stand and the foot with the fastening on the rear of the monitor will not be difficult; You will not even need tools. A powerful cut-out leg for cable-management securely holds the display, and the disk at the base of the stand allows you to rotate the monitor to the side without moving the stand itself. In addition, Philips 242b1v can be rotated around the horizontal axis, translated into portrait mode.

Device is made in a strict, "office" design. This is not a gamer model, so you should not wait for it to entertain you by the illumination and attract a look by the "predatory" features. On the contrary, the utilitarian view of the rectangle shows that the monitor is designed purely to work.

This is evidenced by an impressive set of connectors that allow you to connect the device to any office PC: on the back of the VGA, DVI-D ports, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, USB-B will immediately find audio connections on the rear panel. and USB 3.0 inputs for connecting peripherals and drives. And at the bottom of the case there is a pair of two-rode speakers.

Connection and configuration

Control keys are located on the front panel of the monitor.

There is also a special PowerSensor sensor here, which tracks the presence of the user and, if it is not near, automatically reduces the brightness of the screen. The monitor menu is divided by ten categories:

  • PowerSensor - includes and disables the user presence sensor;
  • LightSensor - includes and disables the lighting sensor;
  • LowBlue - includes and disables the reduction mode of the intensity of blue light to protect the eyes;
  • Input - allows you to select the source of the video signal;
  • Image - contains brightness settings, contrast, sharpness, gamma, image format, and other parameters;
  • Audio - makes it possible to configure audio;
  • Color - opens access to additional color settings: temperature, output format, and so on;
  • Language - Settings of the menu language;
  • Setting the menu - contains the menu parameters: location, transparency, shutdown timer;
  • Other parameters - Advanced monitor settings.

As you can see, the options are very much, and each user will be able to flexibly configure Philips 242B1V under its requirements.

Impressions from

It is worth noting that the monitor can boast minimal litters and a weak glow effect. The image quality is good, and the device is suitable not only for office work: you can watch photos and videos, play games. Of course, Philips 242B1V will not compare with professional and gamers models, but to distract from affairs and devote some time to entertainment content with it quite possible - besides, a pair of speakers is built into the monitor. With a diagonal of 23.8 inches, the resolution of 1920 x 1080 is ideal: the picture is clear and high-quality.

there is good contrast, excellent color coverage and color rendition, relatively low response, but the maximum brightness lacks only 350 yarns, and in private mode, this parameter decreases to 180 yarns.

When activating a private mode, the image becomes visible only for a user who sits right in front of the monitor. Even a small deviation darkens the picture, and at the side of the side, a foreign person will not see anything. It really works and looks impressive, allowing you quickly and just hide from excessive attention important information - which is particularly important in the openspec offices, where there is no possibility to organize a private space.

Among other features of the device: Adaptive-Sync support for smooth shift frame frequency dynamic scenes; SmartImage technology, adjusting the image under the type of content; Modes LOWBLUE and FlickerFree to reduce the harmful effects on the eyes.


for the totality of impressions, Philips 242B1V is the perfect working tool for a corporate segment that will ensure the comfort of use and protection of important data. You can complain to a high cost, but, on the other hand, it should not be saved on privacy.


  • Strict design
  • Big Interface Set
  • Good Image Quality
  • Private Mode


  • High price