Enos Tech, a hardware review website from the UK recently published a review of the Philips 243B9. The monitor received the “Recommended” award!
+ 3-sides borderless design
+ Great work monitor and OK for a bit of light gaming thanks to 75 Hz refresh rate
+ Height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustable stand
+ Viewing angles
+ Physical OSD buttons for easy navigation
+ Small clip on the stand for cable management
+ Variety of ports including USB-C and 4-port USB 3.2 hub
+ Zero watt hard switch
– Qi charger at the base of the monitor would’ve been a great opportunity
Verdict: “The Philips 243B9 is a great monitor if used for its intended purpose. It is a 24″ monitor with a 1920×1080 resolution and is designed more so for professionals and those on the move. The USB-C port will allow you to hook your laptop up right to it with a single cable should it have a USB-C port. The IPS display is going to give you a full view of the display from most angles which will come in handy should you want to use it as a 2nd or 3rd screen on your setup. The ergonomic design and being able to adjust the height/tilt/rotation of the 243B9 is also going to be a big advantage should you want to use it as part of a multi-monitor setup and are good features to have in general.
When all is said and done this is a great monitor for everyday and office use and being able to handle some light gaming is a bonus. It has plenty of inputs to connect almost anything to it you could need and its versatility of viewing angles is absolutely amazing. This is a great monitor if you need something that doesn’t take up too much space but still offers plenty of functionality and a good overall viewing experience. While it is only 1080P it is a 24″ screen so this is just fine and shouldn’t be an issue for most!”
Please find the full review here.
Question: Which products and features have been the most requested during 2020?
Answer: During 2020, the corporate market went down compared to other years, with the massive change to work from home. Moreover, the market was in general challenged by an overall shortage of components in the second half of 2020, whose effects are still lingering on the first half of 2021. It’s been an exceptional year. Regardless, we’ve seen some interesting changes in the requests from users. The demand for UBS-C was very high, with more people looking for multi-tasking enabler screens. So, we can generally say that connectivity is the most requested feature for business and professionals, followed by better resolution, up to UHD, and ultra-wide screens. UHD is still pretty pricey, it will take a bit of time to become the new standard, but it’s users’ radar. Wider screens are more and more requested also by gamers, that find it more engaging and immersive. SuperWide monitors like 49”, are an extremely hot topic: the idea of having multi-tasking devices, great for working but for gaming as well, is particularly interesting and meets the needs of different users.
Question: Do you see technologies/innovations that are raising into the horizon and can become a must have for the next couple of years?
Answer: Another rising trend from 2020 and 2021 is having an integrated webcam: this idea of convenience and security was warmly welcomed by business and home users. Webcams and connectivity are central in the new and ever evolving working life. Within the next years, resolution will be a steady but slow change, because 4K monitors are not affordable for mainstream users yet. We’ll get there, but we still see a bigger market for Full HD and QHD right now. Super high resolution (5K, 8K) will not jump into mainstream as fast as many predicted.
For gamers, refresh rate is destined to grow, there is no end limit. There are two directions this improvement can go: focus on Full HD or try to catch up with current refresh rates on high resolution panels. Last but not least, for gamers the new HDMI and DP that will allow a new gameplay and will push everyone to reconsider the console gaming sector for this new unlocked power. Connectivity is fundamental in gaming: all innovations have to be on the same level for the gameplay to be at its maximum. Console gaming has recently seen an impressive change thanks to HDMI 2.1: it’s sensibly faster and appealing to more gamers.
From a more technical point of view, mini LED is a new option that looks pretty interesting to try out in the next years.
Question: Which standards will, instead, disappear in the short term and how they will be replaced?
Answer: Thinking about rising trends, it’s natural to also question what technologies we’ll leave back.VGA and DVI will disappear in time because, although still used, they’re seen as less and less important in the overall equipment for monitors. TN panels are less used in consumer and professional monitors, although they’re still pretty strong in gaming, because the interest shifted to IPS panels that ensure a better colour reproduction and user experience. IPS technology has really caught up and choosing a TN panel for it being fast and responsive makes less sense right now. None of these changes will happen abruptly or immediately, it will take a few years.
Question: The gaming Industry is moving more and more on cloud gaming and eSports are also growing. Which trends and development to expect in the sector?
Answer: A special mention for the real rising star in gaming: eSports.For eSports the performance has to be the fastest possible, up to 360Hz refresh rate. It will go onward, mainly for the 24” and 27” panels and for Full HD and QHD. On the other hand, high resolution might be more and more requested by professional eSports gamers, as well as bigger panel sizes. But we have to look into the bigger picture in gaming and see how powerful video cards will be: for a faster and smoother gameplay there are a lot of technologies working together that have to cooperate and be on the same level of innovation.
These are our predictions – but technology is continuously growing. Let’s see where innovation and curiosity will lead us!
All our belongings need a nice cleaning every once in a while, even those that are never leaving the house. But how to correctly clean your setup and your monitor? Other than dusting, it’s important to keep the home office or the gaming setup tidy, neat and germ-free but many may feel unsure on what to use on their display and how to use it. Let’s take a look together, it’s actually easier than you think!
For normal cleaning, it’s enough to gently wipe the screen with a clean and soft microfiber cloth. It’s perfect for common cleaning routines and to keep dust away.
For deeper cleanings, first step is to unplug the monitor. Then slightly damp the cloth with pure water or the spray cleaner of your choice. One thing to keep in mind is to never spray liquid directly on to any screen: it could run inside and cause damage.
Are there any recommendations for the kind of spray to use?
We suggest avoiding cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, ethanol, acetone, hexane, toluene, ethyl acid, methyl chloride, or other organic solvents. These chemicals can react with the materials that make or coat the flat screen, which could result in a permanent discoloration of the screen or similar kinds of damage.
For most extensive cleaning, spray a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol on a non-linting microfiber cloth until it is damp but not over-saturated, then gently wipe the screen. Always remember to unplug the monitor beforehand. After cleaning, the best way to get rid of any left isopropyl alcohol from the cloth is washing it in pure water. Do not skip this passage: the isopropyl alcohol is highly flammable and can easily ignite.
Don’t forget to clean all your peripherals as well – our hands are always all over keyboards, mouse, and pads, so it’s essential to have them clean regularly. As we learned, first step is to unplug everything, then use either a cleaning cloth or a small brush (even a clean toothbrush may work) to gently go through any devices.