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PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS monitor review and testing

Down to 2003 the aspect ratio of most monitors was 4:3 or 5:4. From 2003 to 2006 the market began to receive wide format devices 16:10 and up to 2008 they occupied the dominant position. Such rapid success is due to two reasons. Firstly, it allowed companies to reduce production costs and to produce a model with a big diagonal. Secondly, such a format is better for work with documents: in office applications it allowed to place two A4-pages side by side for easy work, in graphic and CAD-systems it allowed to display large drawings and the necessary toolbar.

In 2008 there was another "revolution", but less significant: the market received the monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:9. They allow to reduce production costs. In addition, this format was fixed for the TV and in the film industry as an international standard that displays high quality video regardless of the size of the diagonal (from smartphone to huge home TV).

However, it is not correct to talk about the complete "extinction" of devices with ratio 16:10. Indeed, in certain situations they are really more comfortable and practical.

Realizing this fact many manufacturers continue to produce this kind of solution. One of these innovations is the PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS from famous Dutch company.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

The specs:




Brilliance 240P4QPYNS 

Matrix type




Monitor size inch, mm

24 / 610

Visible screen area, mm

518,4 х 324

Screen format


Optimum resolution and frequency, Hz

1920 х 1200 @ 60

Pixel, mm

0,27 x 0,27

Brightness, cd/m²


Contrast Ratio (statistical/dynamic)

1000:1 / 20 000 000:1

Matrix Response Time (GtG), ms


Color numbers, M.


Horizontal scanning frequency, KHz

24 - 94

Vertical scanning frequency, Hz

48 - 85

Viewing angles (h/v) till the contrast > 10:1,°

178 / 178

Video output

1 x DisplayPort
1 x DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

Audio output


USB 2.0


USB 3.0


On-board speaker capacity, W


Power consumption level, W



Sensors detect of user presence, touch-sensitive control

Wall mounting

Yes (VESA 100 mm)

Dimensions (including stand), mm

555 х 388 (555) х 65 (244)

Weight (including stand), kg

4,64 (6,97)

Producer website


Packaging and content


PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Model PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS is shipped in a cardboard box, which provides protection against shock and possible mechanical damages. The manufacturer has made it quite informative, indicating not only the main features of the monitor, but also describing the technologies and functionality of the leg.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

The set of delivery of the model includes the following components:

  • Aassembled leg and a stand;
  • Power cable;
  • Cable with DVI socket;
  • Cable with D-Sub socket;
  • CD with documentation and software;
  • User’s manual

Design and operation properties

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

A first glance at the monitor PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS its office orientation is felt. This is confirmed by a broad framework around the screen, and the presence of matte plastic in all panels, and angular shape of the case. It is obvious that during the design of this model the manufacturer focused on the reliability, practicality and ease of maintenance.

In our case, the monitor has silver and black colors. If you prefer the classic design, all black paint has the index of «B» at the end of the name (PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNB).

Screen size is 24 inches or 61 cm. At the same time the aspect ratio is equal 16:10 instead of the traditional 16:9. This fact once again suggests that this model is primarily focused on the office staff dealing primarily with text information. After viewing popular modern movies the bottom and top of the screen will have black stripes. It is not connected with the games, as they are scaled without problems under resolution 1920 × 1200.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Design of the rear part of the monitor is designed in the same style: a minimum of decorative elements, lack of gloss and massive design of case and leg. Although the leg has a slight bend at the base which slightly smoothes the angular shape of the case. Model PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS is comparatively heavy: its weight is almost 7 kg. However after disconnecting the stand, it is reduced to 4.64 kg, so the monitor can be placed on the wall. The rear panel has appropriate holes of standard VESA 100 mm. Note that the power supply is placed inside the case.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Monitor leg is quite functional, which is an important factor for office equipment. Here, the user can adjust the screen angle (5°...+20°), its height adjustment (0 ... 130 mm) and orientation (portrait/landscape).

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Furthermore, it is possible to rotate the monitor around its axis by 65° in the direction of clockwise and counter-clockwise. As for the stability PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS, complaints were not appeared. Note that under the plastic of legs and stands metal construction is hidden. Swivel is made of the same material.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Video connectors are presented by relevant in many offices analog D-Sub port and digital interfaces DVI-D and DisplayPort. In all cases, there is a support to output images with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 at refresh rate 60 Hz. Monitor PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS is not equipped with any additional multimedia. Although, if we're talking about using it as part of the office, the built-in speakers are suitable.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

But this model is equipped with a hub on four USB 2.0 ports, which are placed to the end of the case. So we can state that this is a convenient and practical solution. On the opposite side you can find power button.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

The rest of the controls are tactile and traditionally located in the lower right corner of the monitor. Inscriptions are pretty good read even in poorly illuminated room. Looking ahead, we say that the menu is also quite simple and intuitive.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Device indicator is a small strip at the bottom of the screen. In active state of the display it has white matte color, and in waiting mode it is flashing. In this case, the brightness is moderate and did not distract attention.

Next to it is possible to find two sensors that determine the presence of a user in front of the computer. This technology is called Power Sensor and has already become a kind of business card of PHILIPS monitors. Its aim is: when you leave the workplace, PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS immediately "knows" about it and automatically lowers the brightness of the screen, thus saving electricity. According to testing results, after sensors tripping the power consumption is dropped from 18 - 22 W to 11 W. However, the sensor’s adjustment is not quite correct, because it does not always respond to the absence of the user at the screen. We suppose that this feature is only our tested sample.

Display menu and operational demonstration of proprietary technologies

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

As we’ve mentioned above, the display menu has a fairly simple structure: to the left there are tabs and on the right their content. It is not difficult to understand this configuration.

The main parameters that influence the display of images on the screen are grouped in "Image" and "Color". Here you can select aspect ratio, set the values for brightness, contrast, gamma, and also to expose the balance of the primary colors (R, G, B).

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Access to the presset profiles is carried out not from the menu, but by pressing the  button «SmartImage» on the monitor.

The monitor has six modes: "Control", "Photo", "Movie", "Game", "Economy" and "Off". Tested characteristics are given in the following table:







White area brightness, cd/m2 







Black area brightness, cd/m2 







Contrast coefficient, х:1







Color temperature of white dot, К







Correspondence of color space with sRGB standard, %







Correspondence of color space with AdobeRGB standard, %







Average deviation dE*94 (E)







Maximum deviation dE*94 (E)







Average gamma







Power consumption, W







According to test results the brightness and contrast levels completely meet the claimed parameters (300 cd/m2 and 1000:1 respectively), and in some cases exceed them. Thus, the user can easily find the right value depending on the ambient lighting. At the same time the picture will always be juicy and have rich colors. As for energy consumption, it does not exceed 22 W, which is a completely standard index for the 24-inch solutions.

According to brightness value in profile "Economy" (80.7 cd/m2), it claims to be the "reading mode." However, in our view it is not the best for such purpose. The fact is that in case of such large contrast level (1187:1) the eyes will be very tired, and the color temperature should be reduced. When reading text from the screen it will give only a positive effect. It is strange that with office orientation of the monitor the manufacturer did not pay proper attention to the adjustment of reading mode. Therefore, this procedure should be performed manually.

Now let's examine the color rendering.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

CIE-diagram of “Control”, “Games”, “Economy” and “Off” profiles

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

CIE-diagram of “Photo” profile

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

CIE-diagram of “Movie” profile

Color gamut of sRGB space with enabled profiles "Control", "Games", "Economy" and "Off" is within the range of 98.3 - 98.5%, which is an excellent result. After choosing mode "Photo" and "Movie" this figure drops to 91.5% and 84.2%, respectively. In these cases, in addition to a small lack of color range for red tones, the problems are also observed on the green and light green shades.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Diagram of main color and hue deviations from references in “Control”, “Games”, “Off” profiles

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Diagram of main color and hue deviations from references in “Economy” profile

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Diagram of main color and hue deviations from references in “Photo” profile

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Diagram of main color and hue deviations from references in “Movie” profile


During measuring color rendering accuracy the best result was recorded in modes "Control", "Games" and "Off": the average deviation dE*94 (ΔE) was in the range of 0.53 - 0.68 with an acceptable value of 1.5. Such indicators are perfect. On this basis, as well as previous results we can conclude that the scope of PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS is not limited by office tasks. Also it is perfect for graphics and video processing.

Slightly worse in this regard look profiles "Photo" and "Movie", but the mode "Games" is the outsider. In almost every shade is several times higher than the maximum value of the deviation according to standard CIE 1994.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of RGB  level of “Control”, “Economy”, “Off” profiles

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of RGB  level of “Games” profile

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of RGB  level of “Photo” profile

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of RGB  level of “Movie” profile

Almost in all cases the balance of RGB-components is at a good level according to the graphs presented above. The only exception is the profile of "Movie", where the blue channel is very much overstated, that gives the picture a "cold" color. This kind of color filter can be useful in certain movies, especially with the incorrectly selected gamut, but it is not suitable for everyday use.

Also remember that when you use the "Economy" mode for the long text reading you need previously reduce the saturation of the blue tint.

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of “Control”, “Economy”, “Off” gamma-curves

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of “Game” curves

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of “Photo” curves

PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS

Graph of “Movie” curves

Gamma settings in the monitor PHILIPS Brilliance 240P4QPYNS is not the excellent. We did not record coincidence of gamma curves to the reference line (black). And the value of the average range sometimes was too small (1.81 - 2.01) with respect to the benchmark 2.2, and sometimes too large (2.49 - 2.52).

As a result, after choosing the profile "Control", "Economy", "Games" or "Off", the picture will look a little lighter than it should be. Also you may notice a loss of some object details in the light areas of the image. However, a great level of static contrast will hide this disadvantage, and it won’t be noticeable for the user's eyes.

Slightly different effect is obtained during the activation of profiles "Photo" and "Movie": in the dark areas of the scene you won’t see the details of objects in the shadows and only the brightest objects will look even brighter. In this case, a high coefficient of static contrast only reinforces the transition between light and dark areas of the picture. Lovers of HDR-pictures should like this effect, but for daily work we recommend to use the profiles that provide a more natural colors "Controls", "Economy", "Games" and "Off".

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