Philips Brilliance AMVA LCD review

LED display features a 90-degree pivot and built-in webcam

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  • Great connectivity
  • Good picture quality
  • Built-in webcam
  • 90-degree pivot
  • PowerSensor technology


  • Build quality
  • Cheaper displays available

What sets the new Philips Brilliance AMVA monitor apart is its feature set. As well as HDMI and DVI, there is a VGA port as well as a full-size DisplayPort. Then there's a built-in webcam that connects to your Mac via USB, and you also get three USB 2.0 ports.

Then there's the 90-degree pivot as well as PowerSensor technology, so when you're no longer in front of your display, it dims to reduce power consumption.

Such inspired thinking doesn't extend to the casing, which looks too office-like for us. We also hated the ancient-looking on-screen menu.

Brightness is superb, though there is a slight graininess to the display. Graphics look clean and crisp despite this.

This is a 1080p Full HD monitor rather than a Retina-class display - the Apple Thunderbolt display is 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, remember, though at the best part of three times the price it's a steep cost to pay. Both displays have the same 178-degree viewing angle.

There are better value 27-inch LED-backlit monitors available from the likes of ViewSonic, but if you are drawn in by the extra features such as the USB hub (especially for a MacBook Air) and are prepared to pay the money, you won't be disappointed with your choice.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, TCO Certified Displays 5.2, EPEAT Silver, RoHS, ENERGY STAR 5.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyBrilliance Blade 2
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness250 cd/m², 250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NamePhilips
Contrast Ratio5,000:1
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time6 ms
Weight with Stand (Approximate)3.33 kg
Operating Power Consumption24.20 W
Height with Stand434 mm
Width with Stand569 mm
Depth with Stand180 mm
Height350 mm
Width569 mm
Depth34 mm
Product SeriesBlade 2
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model249C4QHSB
Product NameAMVA LCD Monitor, LED Backlight Blade 2 24" / 61 cm Full HD Display
Product LineBrilliance
Manufacturer Part Number249C4QHSB/00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Ultra Slim high performance AMVA display
The new Philips Blade 2 monitor with stylish, ultra slim design and wide view AMVA display is ready for brilliant performan

Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)2.33 kg