Philips Brilliance X-Line Lightframe 22" review

Can Philips' light-framed monitor save us from the ravages of eye trauma?

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Our Verdict

A good concept and the Philips screen is one of the best we have seen but we're not sure of it's value


  • Brilliant screen
  • Good contrast ratio
  • Could be good for those who suffer from eye strain


  • Not sure if it is that beneficial

The Lightframe technology Philips is selling its Brilliance 22inch X-Line monitor on is going to divide buyers.

Those concerned about eye strain will probably lap it up. Others will see it as a waste of time. But the truth sits somewhere in the middle: although the frame didn't make a huge amount of difference to our standard level of caffeinated eye fatigue, it did make reverting to a standard monitor slightly less enjoyable.

Lightframe aside, Philips' screen is one of the best we've seen. It boasts a 12,000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time for its customised SmartContrast and SmartRatio technologies, but the reality is closer to 1,000:1 and 5ms.

The black representation and response times were astonishing, though, making it great for gaming and photo editing. The big question is whether or not the Lightframe is worth spending the extra cash on.

With standard – and similarly specced – Philips monitors costing £150, it does seem like a high price to pay.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Product FamilyBrilliance
Brightness300 cd/m², 300 cd/m²
Screen ModeWSXGA+
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1680 x 1050
Brand NamePhilips
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size55.9 cm (22")
Aspect Ratio16:10
Response Time5 ms
Height with Stand429 mm
Width with Stand517 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
Height350 mm
Width517 mm
Depth74 mm
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model220X1SW
Product NameBrilliance 220X1SW Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineBrilliance
Manufacturer Part Number220X1SW/00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Brilliance 220X1SW Widescreen LCD Monitor delivering unique vision-friendly, fatigue-reducing viewing for the whole family plus elegant, eye-catching style, Lightframe LCDs are a feast for the eyes, designed for people who spend long hours working in front of a computer screen.

Weight (Approximate)4.88 kg