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The first 'Blade' monitor from Philips—aka the Brilliance 234CL2SB—used a TN screen panel and failed to score over three stars in our review. Now Philips has launched the Blade 2, otherwise known as the Brilliance 239C4QHSB, a 23-inch monitor with an IPS display—sounds promising! Although a few small changes have been made, the 239C4 has a very similar design to its predecessor. For example, the Blade 2 still has a glossy finish that's particularly good at picking up fingerprints. It also has a very slim design, especially around the screen, as all the connections (1 x VGA, 2 x HDMI, headphones) have been moved down onto the base. The base is therefore pretty hefty, and it has no swivel function. The screen can't be adjusted in height or flipped round into portrait mode either—it can just be tilted a few degrees. Unfortunately, the power supply hasn't been integrated into the base, so you'll have to find room for the external transformer block on your desk. The choice of connections isn't amazing (see above), but the 239C4 can be used as a monitor as well as an occasional TV, as you can hook up a set-top box or a digital TV tuner to one of the HDMI ports.
Thanks to Apple's iPad and iPhone, IPS screen technology has hit critical mass. The latest PC monitor to get in on the IPS game is the new Philips Brilliance Blade 2, a 23-inch model with Full HD 1080p resolution.As little as a year ago, any LCD screen with IPS panel technology cost a pretty penny. Today, prices have tumbled to as little as 130. It's a dramatic turn around and an awfully welcome one, to boot. Previously, affordable monitors packed TN panels. They're quick in terms of response times, but otherwise off the pace by pretty much every conceivable metric. By comparison, IPS panels have better colours, viewing angles, contrast, the works.But if you can be pretty confident that the Philips Brilliance Blade 2 has the measure of almost any TN monitor, how does it stack up against the brave new 23-inch IPS generation? We're thinking here about screens such as the AOC i2352vh, which represents the starting point for IPS panels, or the ViewSonic VP2365-LED and its fancier feature set, among others.Priced at around 170, the Philips Blade 2 is bang in the most competitive part of the computer monitor market.