Philips 107P10 Professional Monitor
Your Monitor. The part of your home or work computer you spend nearly all of
your computer time using. When you aren't using keys or pointing aimlessly with
your mouse, you are reading text from some anonymous website, chat windows from
IRC, messages in ICQ, emails in outlook, or watching DVDs or other Multimedia
Applications. In fact, the only time you may not be using your monitor while
using your computer would be when you are listening to MP3 or CD audio from
a distance. Even then you may use your monitor to display visualisation scopes
or other displays. All of these applications aren't in black and white, they
are in many millions of colors, many in vibrant shades of reds, oranges, greens,
blues and nearly any other color your eyes are capable of seeing.
A good monitor needs to be able to display these colors accurately enough to
reflect the intended image and colors outputted by the creator of the media
being viewed, be it a movie, even a web page (such as the one you are viewing
this review on). A good monitor also needs to be able to display an image crisply
and clearly, so as to reduce damage to eyes when using it for long/extended
periods of time, often many hours a day for some of us.
The monitor in the labs today is the Philips 107P10.
Philips names its monitors in a fairly logical manner, the first three numbers
being the diagonal size of the screen (in this case 17") with the 0 in
the middle added for no apparent reason. This means that a Philips 19"
monitor would be known as 109, and a 21" would be known as 201. The letter
is the type of monitor, this one being P for professional. There are other models
such as the business model, or B. The next number is the revision/version of
the monitor. The one we have is a version 1, the 0 added so sub revisions can
be added, the current version of the 107P as shown on the Philips international
web site is 107P20/21. This would show that the monitor I have is revision 1,
and the current version is 2/2.1. While this may mean the monitor we have has
less features, the specification sheets show very little in the way of changes,
and the only version that any suppliers (Australian based at least) have in
stock is the 1.0 revision.
The Philips monitor stands out from the rest of its field due to its Flat Screen
nature, sharing the same type of display with Sony's Trinitron range, an Arperture
Grille. The monitor also has the highest resolution for a monitor of its kind,
being able to hit an absolutely amazing 1920x1440 @ 60Hz refresh rate. One of
the 107P10's key advertising points is the length of the monitor. All Philips
monitors share the same ~17" Footprint, right the way up to the 21"
version, meaning you can replace a 17" with a 21" without losing any
extra desk space (It is not recommended due to neck damage from sitting too
close however :o) ).