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Partner content: How to innovate your workplace with Philips monitors

The world and our society keeps changing, as well as our priorities, our behaviour and values. We’re now more conscious about our carbon footprint more than ever due to the climate crisis. We value our privacy even more and want to have as much as control over it as possible. We’ve become more flexible in our working environment; we’re increasingly mobile, increasingly available with our laptops and use flexible workplaces, and still using larger displays for increased productivity.

Users who want their tech to reflect these changes will certainly appreciate Philips monitors’ developments. The innovative technologies from Philips monitors help users implement these changes into their daily lives. For instance, the environment- friendly Philips 241B7QGJEB is a 23.8“ business monitor with energy-saving features such as PowerSensor and LightSensor, and an incredibly low energy consumption – 8.2 W in Eco mode, Typical 13.14 W. The integrated pop-up webcam in selected business monitors from Philips, such as 439P9H or 499P9H, makes it easy to stow away the webcam behind the monitor so the camera is physically hidden from the view, giving users privacy and safety whenever they need it. Full-fledged USB-C connectivity (including a USB hub, RJ-45 connection and DisplayPort over USB-C) in selected business monitors from Philips enables users to connect a laptop with a single USB-C cable and access the network, charge and power their laptops, and transfer video signal and data, all in one solution. Let’s dive deeper into the recent developments.

Going green

Philips monitors introduced the world’s most energy-efficient “green” monitor, the 23.8-inch 241B7QGJEB. This display features an innovative new backlight technology ensuring optimum brightness at significantly reduced power consumption. Even the packaging is carefully optimised: 100% recycled packing material for less environmental impact.

Also, smart technologies prolong the lifecycle of the monitor while saving costs and reducing consumption: The LightSensor measures the ambient light and automatically adjusts the display’s brightness. The embedded PowerSensor uses infrared rays to detect when a user moves away from the monitor, reducing backlight intensity, which results in a lowered energy consumption that saves up to 80%. More so, the 241B7QGJEB is also certified EnergyStar 8.0 and EPEAT, proving its innovative claims. While being highly efficient, the 241B7QGJEB doesn’t compromise on image quality or build quality. It has an ergonomic, height adjustable stand for a comfortable and healthy use throughout the day.

The 241B7QGJEB is also equipped with an IPS panel at Full HD resolution, offering accurate colours, sRGB gamut coverage of 102% and wide viewing angles of 178/178°, so that users will not have to compromise on anything to have an impact on our nature.

Increasing security

Not long gone since tech-personalities and government agencies taped their webcam’s in their laptops to avoid unwanted access. Philips monitors’ innovative pop-up webcam solution solves this issue beautifully. When in use the webcam is only facing the user when it’s needed, afterwards it can be tucked away behind the panel.

In new models such as the 329P9H, 439P9H, 499P9H and many others, the built-in webcam is also capable of instant and secure login with facial recognition thanks to the Windows Hello support. By using this feature, users won’t need to enter their password when booting up or activating their system from sleep mode. It not only saves time, but increases security in publicly used installations, and bypasses any mischievous key-logging software since no physical typing is required for the authentication.

A secure network connection is also possible with Philips monitors. The full-fledged USB-C docking Philips monitors include a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port to route the network connection to the connected device via USB-C. This wired connection eliminates the possibility of packet sniffing via Wi-Fi, therefore increasing the network security and using the full bandwidth capacity of the network as a bonus.

What if you’re in a public space and use the monitor and require privacy where only your immediate surroundings can see the display? Visual hacking, especially in open spaces is a legitimate concern when it comes to securing confidential, sensitive or private data.

Philips monitors’ upcoming solution to this comes with the Privacy mode. A convenient Privacy switch activates a privacy cell between the panel and backlight to limit the angles of light direction, enabling users to reduce the viewing angles from 178° horizontal and 178° vertical to only 45° horizontal and 178° vertical and reduce the brightness to 100 cd/m2 from its top brightness of 350 cd/m2.

A clean desk with a clean mind: the Philips 258B6QUEB with USB-C docking

Easily connected

Comfort, ease of use and flexibility are more accessible then ever with USB-C. Thanks to the full-fledged USB-C docking Philips monitors, users can simply go mobile with their laptops and when they get back to their workplace, they can simply connect a single USB-C cable and voilà! The laptop is now connected securely via network connection, syncing the data to the backup drive via fast USB 3.0/3.1/3.2 connection, the desktop is extended seamlessly on the Philips monitor, and it started charging!

The new USB-connector type, USB-C, uses a much intuitive, reversible connector as opposed to the common USB-A type, and the overlying USB 3.2 specification is highly capable: Very high speed data transfer (up to 20 Gbit/s ≈ 2.4 GB/s), up to 100W USB Power Delivery to charge and power laptops etc. and the DisplayPort over USB-C specification enables laptops to transfer the video signal to the monitor.

Philips monitors present a much wider portfolio of USB-C monitors: these range from monitors with simple USB-C display ports for delivering power and charging laptops up to 90W, some with an included 4-port USB hub and daisy-chaining multiple monitors with DisplayPort outputs for increased USB-C docking capabilities, and some with a full-fledged USB-C docking station built inside, with a RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port, a KVM switch for controlling two computers with a single keyboard and mouse, and DisplayLink capability to extend screen sharing to PCs with older USB connections.

The new curved, SuperWide Philips monitors 439P9H (32:10) and 499P9H (32:9) also come equipped with a KVM switch and come with Philips’ MultiView technology. Their uninterrupted screen space can fit two 16:10 or 16:9 displays side by side. And with MultiView, you can use different sources in each half, too. What this enables: You can duplicate/extend your laptop screen to the left half, and display the primary PC’s laptop on the right half and conquer both with a single keyboard and mouse, thanks to the KVM switch. Go wild with your imaginations.

This article is partner content from Philips.

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