The brightness and contrast settings are set at 100% and 50% by default. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I reduce them both to 40%. No trace of backlight power modulation could be observed when regulating the brightness. Moreover, when you select a 40% or lower brightness, a small portion of darks is lost (up to a 5% gray, approximately).
Color gradients are reproduced correctly, without banding.
The gamma curves look good, going just a little higher than the theoretical one. This drawback is fully corrected by reducing the contrast setting by 2-3% (the excess contrast is betrayed by the small but characteristic bend of the curves in the top right part of the diagram).
The color temperature is set up superbly as concerns both the temperature dispersion between the different levels of gray and the closeness of the average value to the number written in the monitor’s menu. As a small drawback, there is no preset mode with warm colors, i.e. with a color temperature of about 5400K.
The color gamut is close to the standard sRGB. It is somewhat better in greens, but worse in blues. The point of blue is shifted towards lighter blues. The monitor uses ordinary backlight lamps.
The response time average is 6.3 milliseconds, which is even somewhat smaller than promised by the manufacturer and comparable to other RTC-enabled monitors with S-IPS matrixes. The longest transition takes 8.0 milliseconds.
The RTC error average is 8.2% with a maximum of 38.6%. In other words, RTC artifacts looking like white trails behind moving objects are visible, but not very annoying.
The contrast ratio is far from breaking any records. 250:1 is just acceptable. The max brightness of 200 nits isn’t high, but sufficient for work.
Thus, the Philips Brilliance 200P7ES is yet another monitor with a classic aspect ratio of 4:3 and a rival to the above-described Dell 2007FP. It is based on an S-IPS matrix and boasts excellent viewing angles, a rather accurate reproduction of colors, good ergonomics, and a low response time. You should certainly consider the 200P7ES if you need a high-quality monitor with a resolution of 1600x1200 pixels for work. Choosing between it and the model from Dell isn’t easy. Both are very good products, free from serious defects. The matrix type cannot even be the decisive factor for making your shopping decision because there is but a small difference between S-IPS and S-PVA.