203V5 owners on average rated this flatpanel monitor 82 out of 100.
Easy to Use
One person who reviewed this PC monitor thought it performed as expected. In December last year Tony Hardisty wrote “The monitor is fine - does what it says on the box” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. One Philips 203V5 owner reckoned that the Philips 203V5 was easy to use. Tony Hardisty mentioned on Amazon “I still had the cable from the previous monitor, so in practical terms not a real issue for me.”.
One Philips 203V5 reviewer who bought it considered that it was a good height. Branwen wrote on Amazon this year “Means I have to prop the front up in order to see it easily at head height on a desk” in their review of the Philips 203V5.
One customer considered that this PC monitor was a good size.
One Philips 203V5 owner mentioned in their reviews that this PC monitor had good technical guidance. In December Ld said on Amazon “Firstly there were difficulties in accessing the full guide from the CD provided as these were out of date”.
Philips Has Good PC Display Reviews
Based on 814 user and expert reviews, Philips has good reviews for its flatpanel monitors. Philips also has good reviews specifically for its small monitors compared to other manufacturers.
LED Display Type
This PC screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors that came out around the same time as it.
We compared this PC display to all the other flatpanel monitors that have an LED Display and we think the Hanns.G HE195[plb_1728407_price] which is cheaper; or the Acer V196HQL[plb_3049274_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.
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1600 X 900 Graphics Resolution
The Philips 203V5 has a maximum resolution of 1600 x 900. That's 13% more resolution than a 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) PC display, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all similar spec flatpanel monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 203V5 the resolution ranges from 640 x 350 (worst) to 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (best).
Fairly Large Viewable Size Diagonal
The smallest viewable size diagonal of flatpanel monitors of this spec and age is 220mm and the largest is 500mm. At 495 millimeters, the Philips 203V5 has a quite large viewable size diagonal compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar spec and age to the 203V5.
Quite Big Viewable Width
With a viewable width of 433.9 millimeters, the Philips 203V5 has one of the bigger viewable widths amongst small monitors of this age. Small monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the 203V5 have viewable widths of between 190mm and 520mm, and the average viewable width is 380mm.
The depths of comparable spec PC screens that have been available for more than two years range from 2.7mm to 460mm. At only 48 millimeters, the Philips 203V5 is quite shallow compared to most of the other comparable spec PC screens that are a similar age to the 203V5.
Fairly Big Display Diagonal
The smallest display diagonal of similar spec PC monitors that have been around for more than two years is 8.9cm and the biggest is 440cm. With a display diagonal of 49.5 centimeters, the Philips 203V5 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst small monitors of this age.
Comparable spec PC screens that came out around the same time as the 203V5 have weights of between 2.9g and 19kg, and the average weight is 3.3kg. The Philips 203V5 is fairly light (only 2 kilograms) compared to most of the other similar spec LCD screens that have been around for a comparable time to the 203V5.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Philips 203V5 does not have a built-in speaker. Most of the other similar spec LCD screens that have been around for a comparable time to the 203V5 also do not have a built-in speaker.
We compared this PC screen to all the other flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker and we think the Hanns.G HE195[plb_1728407_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.
Not 3D Compatible
Like most of the other comparable spec PC monitors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Philips 203V5 is not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most LCD screens of a comparable age and type to the 203V5 do not have a built-in camera. The Philips 203V5 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
The Philips 203V5 does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other PC displays of a similar age and type to the 203V5 also do not have an integrated card reader.
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Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle
The average vertical viewing angle of small monitors that have been around for around the same time as the 203V5 is 140°, and the vertical viewing angles range from 40° to 180°. With a vertical viewing angle of only 50 degrees, the Philips 203V5 has a fairly narrow vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other comparable spec PC monitors that were released more than two years ago.
Very Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle
At only 90 degrees, the Philips 203V5 has a quite narrow horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and spec to the 203V5. The average horizontal viewing angle of PC displays of this age and type is 150°, and the horizontal viewing angles range from 40° to 180°.
Very Dim Display Brightness
The Philips 203V5 has one of the dimmer display brightness (only 200 candellas per square meter) amongst PC monitors of this age. The dimmest display brightness of PC screens of this type and age is 180 cd/m², the brightest is 450 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 250 cd/m².
Very Short Mean Time Between Failures
The Philips 203V5 has one of the shorter mean time between failures (only 30 hours) amongst PC monitors of this age. PC screens of this age and spec have mean time between failures of between 30h and 70,000h.
1 Other reason to consider the Philips 203V5
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this LCD screen was released.
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1600 x 900
Separate H/V Sync
Digital Vertical Frequency
56 - 75
Digital Horizontal Frequency
30 - 83
Viewable Size Diagonal
Viewable Size, Vertical
Viewable Size, Horizontal
Vertical Scan Range
56 - 75
Horizontal Scan Range
30 - 83
0.26 x 0.26
Display Colour Count
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Display Diagonal (metric)
LCD, TFT, LCD/TFT
Native Aspect Ratio
Display Number of Colours
16.78 million colours
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
TV Tuner Integrated
Colour of Product
Heavy Metals Free
Hg (mercury), Pb (lead)
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Thin Client Installed
-3 - 10
VESA Mounting Interfaces
Plug and Play
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR
Number of OSD Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Power Consumption (off)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (standby)
AC Input Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Input Voltage
24, 100, 100-240, 240
20 - 80
0 - 3658
0 - 12192
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40
Compliance Industry Standards
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight With Stand
Height (with Stand)
Depth (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Power Consumption (active)
Effective Viewing Area
Package Dimensions (WxDxH)
503 x 109 x 350
Dimensions (W X D X H) With Stand
465 x 170 x 345
BSMI, CE Mark, FCC Class B, GOST, SEMKO, TUV/ISO9241-307, cETLus, WEEE
Screen does not tilt far enough back, I have to wedge up the front of the support foot with a piece of wood to get the viewing angle right for me. The screen aspect is a bit wide but had I time to... Read more…
Firstly there were difficulties in accessing the full guide from the CD provided as these were out of date and a note in the instructions advised that they had to be downloaded from their website.... Read more…
The monitor is fine - does what it says on the box...
One point. The monitor came with a euro-plug power cable, not a UK-plug power cable. I still had the cable from the previous monitor, so in... Read more…
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