Philips box art tends to focus on a ‘real world’ situation and the 248X3LFH packaging follows their guidelines. A designer is using a CAD program with graphics tablet to design a car.
The box is surprisingly light, and Philips include an easy carry handle on the top of the box.
Inside the box is a power adapter with power plug, stand, HDMI and VGA cable. Philips also include a thin ‘start’ guide which may be useful for inexperienced users.
The stand is very well designed, constructed from an aluminium die cast base. This connects directly into the monitor arm and can be screwed into place without the need for any tools.
We really do like the appearance of this screen, the base is nicely sculpted and when attached gives the appearance of an ‘all in one’ design. There is allowance for vertical tilt.
The Philips 248X3LFH really is beautifully designed and it looks great from all angles. The rear of the chassis is curved, yet very thin thanks to the LED panel inside.
There are three display outputs on the back of the 248X3LFH. Instead of a DVI port, Philips have included an analog VGA port, alongside two HDMI ports. This panel can output audio via an HDMI cable using the analog connector on the back I/O panel. There is no VESA mount, which might alienate a portion of the audience.
This back panel is finished in glossy black and subsequently attracts dust and fingerprints easily. By the time we had the protective film removed from the surfaces we had to use a polishing cloth before photography.
From the front, the Philips 248X3LFH is very attractively curved, with a touch sensitive panel underneath the company logo. This can control the onscreen menu system and turn the monitor on and off, with full support for standby mode.
Philips have made a claim that the soft blue glow can help reduce eyestrain, which sounded a little far fetched when I first read it. There are three brightness settings given via the onscreen menu system, and it can also be disabled completely.
I used the monitor over the full course of a week, while working and found myself adapting to the relaxing blue light. I wouldn’t say it completely transformed the experience, but I think Philips deserve a little credit for the implementation.
The blue light glows very softly from the translucent material, although I found Setting 3 to be a little intense. Setting 1 is very weak and barely noticeable. I used the middle Setting 2 and I found that it wasn’t distracting at all, making me feel as if I was working with natural sun glow around me. I never thought I would say this, but I really did end up enjoying the lighting implementation, as corny as it may sound.