Corona has ensured that more and more people work from home. This will certainly still be the case for many once the pandemic is over. It is therefore hardly surprising that some manufacturers of office products are clearly targeting the home office sector. If you want to buy a new monitor for your home office, you should take a look at the Philips 243S1. It not only wants to score with a high ease of use, but also with a lot of connectivity options. We take a closer look at Philips’ new introduction.
A real office monitor
Anyone looking for a suitable monitor for the home office will be confronted with a gigantic amount of available models. This large selection can quickly overwhelm one or the other. Especially resolution, refresh rate, HDR support, and so on can be used as a basis for comparison. But do you need maximum values in all these disciplines if you mainly want to work with the monitor anyway?
For all those who only work on their screen, Philips offers a cheap monitor with its 243S1 model that provides everything you need in the home office. Here, Philips obviously wants to focus on what is needed for classic office applications. Thus, the 243S1 should not only be insensitive, but also have a high user-friendliness on top of that.
The heart of any monitor is, of course, the panel. Philips relies on an IPS panel here, which scores with very stable viewing angles according to experience. Thus, you should probably be able to work together on the 23.8-inch 243S1. A Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) should also be able to provide razor-sharp screen content. Conveniently, the integrated USB-C port comes with a docking feature. This ensures that connected devices can be supplied with power at the same time as they transfer their image to the monitor. This is especially convenient when you want to connect a notebook. The Philips 243S1 should cut a fine figure both at home and in a classic office environment. The chic design, which relies on aluminum and extremely thin screen edges, ensures this.
Various connectivity options thanks to USB-C
Of course, the connectivity options that an office monitor has to offer are particularly important. And this is where Philips seems to set the real focus. This is not only illustrated by the included docking station, which outputs up to 65 watts of power via USB-C. In general, Philips obviously relies on the extensive possibilities that come along with USB-C. Alternatively, a DisplayPort 1.2 is available for connecting source devices. Both offer the possibility to create a setup with multiple screens. Apart from the two modern ports, the 243S1 also offers 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, and 4x USB-A. Everyone should probably find what they’re looking for there.
Besides connectivity and user-friendliness, an office monitor should also be able to score in terms of ergonomics. And here, too, the Philips 243S1 seems to cut a good figure, at least on paper. After all, the manufacturer relies on the so-called “SmartErgo” base. This is supposed to open up a lot of setting options. The monitor can be tilted comfortably between 25 and 5 degrees. You should be able to tilt it between 180 degrees and – 180 degrees. On top of that, you should be able to extend the stand 13 cm.
It’s not just the back and neck that suffer from a poorly adjusted monitor. For the eyes, too, an hour-long workday can become a real ordeal. However, it is not enough to simply change the tilt angle or stand height. The focus here is on special “eye comfort features”, which the Philips 243S1 is also supposed to bring along. Thanks to the Flicker-Free technology, a LowBlue mode and an EasyRead mode, even long working days should not be too stressful for the eyes.
Price and Availability
Philips wants to launch its 243S1 before the end of January 2022 and calls for an UVP of 329.00 euros.