What is in the name? New Philips monitors naming explained
It is always time to change for the better – Philips monitors decided to renew the naming rules for the monitors, to make it more accessible and easy-to-read. It might look like alien numbers at first glance, however, there is actually logic behind it, and we are here to guide you through it.
Generations, categories, and sizing: the basic of naming
The first two numbers are pretty obvious, if you’ve checked more than a couple of different monitors: it’s indeed the sizing and it works like a clothes-size label you normally find in your garments. So, a name starting with 24 means that that monitor is 24” (60,5 cm), if the first two numbers are 32 then the monitor’s diagonal is 32” (80cm), if it reads 55 then we are talking about a 55” monitor (139.7 cm).
After the sizing comes the category or family. Philips Monitors are organized in product lines and each of them is designed to meets different needs.
The B Line is the one for professionals, business, and offices, offering comprehensive connectivity options, ergonomic features for the long hours spent working in front of a screen, and it has a wide range of good color reproduction.
The E Line is the one reserved for entertainment, casual use and study, providing robust and complete products that can meet different needs and styles.
M line belongs to the gamers, for both console and PC gaming. The Philips gaming monitors come with features that ensure the best gaming experiences.
So, the first letter you find right after the size might be B, E or M depending on the product family. Every line gets updated and broadened with new launches, new technologies, new designs frequently.
Product categories can be organized in generations from 1 to 9, which are indicated in the fourth character. Generations express the passing of time and the ever-evolving technology that Philips Monitors offers in its portfolio. Every decade it will take a new round from 1 again. For example, the 24M1N3200VS is a 24” gaming monitor from the first generation of Philips Monitors for PC gaming. It is also clear the difference between a 24E1 and a 24E2, which are both 24” monitors for home use but are from different years.
Features and features
From the 5th letter onwards, it is a deep dive in what makes each one of Philips Monitors unique.
We find a letter called “vertical code”, that explains the most prominent feature of the monitor. For example, C means the monitor is curved, F that is 4 sides frameless, P that it’s portable, T that is touch, while G means the monitor is packed with sustainable and energy-saving features, V that privacy is the goal and U that features a USB docking station with USB-C.
The next number represents the positioning, a qualitative description and ranking of the models, and uses a scale from 1 to 9 (only odd numbers), where 1 is good and 9 is excellent.
Platform identification helps us understanding some key features such resolution and connectivity at a glance.
|0||FHD and lower, with DVI and/or VGA only|
|1||FHD and lower, with HDMI|
|2||FHD and lower, with DP|
|3||FHD and lower, with USB-C|
|4||QHD , with HDMI|
|5||QHD , with DP|
|6||QHD, with USB-C|
|7||UHD and above, with HDMI|
|8||UHD and above, with DP|
|9||UHD and above, with USB-C|
We then have two other numbers that can give a hint to businesses and professionals, specifically the second one: it shows the kind and complexity of the USB-C connection integrated, from the simple USB-C port (number 0) to USB-C docking with DP out/RJ45 (number 1) and USB-C docking with DisplayLink (number 2).
The last two letters before the slash are other key features of the monitor, that are not available in the leading or default model of the line: E is for ergonomic base, K is for integrated webcam, R is for HDR, V is for VA panel with 165Hz of refresh rate (highly specific, it’s a secret tool we’ll use later!) and so on.
Finally, we move after the slash for learning about stroke codes or market region designators. This is more for the business to categorize internally.
EU is either /00 (dual), /10 (analog), /01 (dual, FOB), /62 (analog, FOB), or /02 (for special deals or gaming monitors). UK gets two codes (/05 and /39 for FOB), Japan is /11, Korea is /61, Australia and New Zealand are /75.
Now with everything explained, here is an example. Our 24M1N3200VS/00 is a good 24” monitor from the first generation of Philips Monitors gaming M line, with a VA panel, 165Hz refresh rate and is for the European market. The alien numbers hopefully are not so alien anymore, and it can guide you through next time when picking out a monitor.