I finally got myself a LCD monitor! It’s a Philips 17″ TFT LCD monitor and has built-in speakers, an USB 2.0 port for using peripheral devices, accepts both VGA (analog D-sub) and DVI-D (digital) signals, and is very easy to swivel and tilt. But what impressed me the most is it’s 8 ms response time! Isn’t that outstanding?Philips 170B6 LCD MonitorWondering what response time is and why it is important? Well, it’s the period of time required for a liquid crystal cell to go from active (black) to inactive (white) and back to active (black) again, and it’s measured in milliseconds. Faster is better: lower response time means faster transitions, and therefore, results in fewer visible image artifacts in the display of transition of text and graphics. Lower response time also resolves ghosting problems.

More details about the monitor (I’m sure you’ll never need them!):

Picture/Display
LCD panel type : 1280 x 1024 pixels, Anti-glare polarizer, RGB vertical stripe
Panel Size : 17″/ 43 cm
Effective viewing area : 337.9 x 270.3 mm
Pixel pitch : 0.264 x 0.264 mm
Brightness (nits) : 250 nit
Contrast ratio (typical) : 500:1
Display colors : 16.2 M
Viewing angle : – C/R > 5
Viewing angle (horizontal) : 160 degree
Viewing angle (vertical) : 155 degree
Response time (typical) : 8 ms
White Chromaticity, 6500K : x = 0.313 / y = 0.329
White Chromaticity, 9300K : x = 0.283 / y = 0.297
Maximum Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 75 Hz
Recommended Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Factory Preset Modes : 15 modes
User definable modes : 50 modes
Video Dot Rate : 140 MHz
Horizontal Scanning Frequency : 30 – 83 kHz
Vertical Scanning Frequency : 56 – 76 Hz
sRGB : Yes

Connectivity
Signal Input : Analog (VGA), DVI-D, PC Audio in
Audio output : Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack) 1x
USB : USB 2.0
Video Sync Input Signal : Composite Sync, Separate Sync, Sync on Green

Convenience
Built-in Audio: 2 W RMS x 2 Stereo Speakers
Convenience Enhancements : On-screen Display, SmartManage enabled
Monitor Controls : Auto, Brightness Control, Left/Right, Menu (OK), Power On/Off, Up/Down, Volume control
OSD Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Other convenience : Kensington lock compatible, FlexiHolder
Plug & Play Compatibility : DDC/CI, sRGB, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Regulatory Approvals : CE Mark, E2000, EMC, Energy Star, FCC-B, UL, CSA, SEMKO, TCO ’03, TÜV/GS, TÜV Ergo
Swivel : +/- 125°
Tilt : -5° to 25°
VESA Mount : 100 x 100 mm

Accessories
Included Accessories : AC Power Cord, Audio Cable, USB cable, VGA cable
Optional accessories : Super Ergo Base
User Manual : Yes

Dimensions
Depth (with base) : 210 mm
Height (with base) : 377 mm
Width (with base) : 375 mm
Height adjustment range : 70 mm
MTBF : 50,000 hrs
Relative Humidity : 20% – 80%
Temperature range (operation) : 5°C to 40°C
Temperature range (storage) : -20°C to 60°C
Weight : 4.8 kg

Power
Complies with : E2000, Energy Star, NUTEK
Consumption : 33W (Typical)
Off Mode : < 1 W
Power LED indicator : Operation – green, Stand by/sleep – Amber
Power supply : Built-in, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz