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Philips Brilliance 170X5

The Brilliance 170X5 belongs to a higher price category and looks accordingly: a black case with a silvery bezel around the matrix and an elegant silvery base. The black plastic of the case is not matte, as usual, but glossy.

Unfortunately, you have either beautiful or a functional stand rather than both together at once. Here, screen tilt adjustment is the only possible transformation. You can’t change the height of the screen or pivot it into portrait mode.

Besides the portrait orientation, which is actually used by only few people, the monitor lacks one more important thing, a digital input. It has only an analog one. The monitor is also equipped with an audio input, built-in 2W speakers, and a headphones output on a side of the case.

The control buttons are placed on the right edge of the case and their order is somewhat illogical. For example, the Volume Up button is below the Volume Down one for some reason.

The onscreen menu looks simpler than the 170S6’s and somewhat resembles menus of ViewSonic monitors. It doesn’t offer any extraordinary options, just the typical ones. Quick access is provided to the auto adjustment function as well as to sound volume and brightness parameters.

 
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