Dutch plasma TVs the cheaper choice

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 January, 2004, 12:00am

If you have a modest budget but would like to own an LCD or plasma TV, the most likely choice would be Philips, a reliable brand that does not charge a premium like Japanese makers Sony, NEC and Panasonic.

Philips has two new models - one a 15-inch and the other a 16:9 widescreen 17-inch LCD TV, which would suit many Hong Kong bedrooms. Both displays boast resolutions of 1280 x 1024 pixels.

The two new designs are much sleeker than earlier models, which looked more like personal computer monitors than televisions, and have much better sound quality through the built-in speakers.

They are also HDTV-ready and support DVD component input via a VGA connection port. Equipped with PC connection ports, they can be easily hooked up to a computer and you can either mount them on the wall or use the included arch table-top stand.

The only complaint we have heard about the products is about the software that controls the switching from PC to TV modes and, according to some, can cause the TVs to hang if flipped too quickly.

If you are looking for a small flat-screen TV that can double as a PC monitor in your bedroom, this is a good choice.Carolyn Ong

Philips LCD TV 150 T4FS and 170 T4FS


Price: $3,690 for the 150T and $8,990 for the 170T

Pros: Flat, slim design; good integrated speakers and great value for money

Cons: Reports of software glitches