Philips Momentum 43″ 4K HDR Monitor Overview

Today we're going to look at a really ridiculous product, the Philips Momentum 43. The Momentum 43, also known as the 436M6VBPAB, is a 43-inch 4K HDR monitor. According to Philips, it is not a television, but a monitor. Apparently, they believe that some people are interested in such a massive display for their PC.

This thing is pretty big and I'll talk a bit more about size later. But first, a few key specs: this 43-inch, 3840 x 2160 resolution panel uses VA technology with a Quantum Dot film and is equipped with the DisplayHDR 1000 certification. You also get adaptive synchronization a.k.a. FreeSync, but in a relatively narrow range from 48 to 60 Hz.

With a minimum of 48 Hz, we don't get low frame rate compensation (or LFC) and therefore we don't get the full benefits of FreeSync. This is also the reason why the Momentum 43 is not advertised as a FreeSync 2 HDR panel: The certification process for FreeSync 2 fails because LFC is not supported. This is despite the display's full DisplayHDR 1000 compliance.

The lack of FreeSync 2 and LFC is a bit confusing considering Philips is positioning this display more as an entertainment or gaming device. You can watch HDR movies or play console games, but PC gamers lag somewhat behind the best 4K gaming displays on the market.

This monitor is also better suited for use without a PC for another reason: it uses a non-standard sub-pixel structure, which leads to slight text blurring in Windows. It's definitely not the clearest 4K display I've ever seen, and this has nothing to do with its size, as the pixel density here is that of a 27-inch 1440p monitor. The BGR array instead of the RGB subpixel array is no problem outside the display of text and documents in a PC operating system, so that games are fine, for example.

While Philips sees this as a game or entertainment display, there are some weird design options that stand in the way of this marketing boost. The panel has only a single HDMI port, so users with multiple consoles, or possibly a console and 4K Blu-ray player, cannot connect both at the same time without a switch or adapter. But then there are two DisplayPorts, one full size and one mini, as well as a USB-C input in DP-Alt mode. These are functions that you normally associate with a PC monitor rather than an entertainment display.

With a wide, two-pronged stand, the Momentum 43 is more like a modern television than a conventional monitor. The display is of average thickness with average bezels, which is nothing surprising for a monitor of this size, although the use of simple plastic on the front and back ensures that everything looks nice and minimal. When choosing this type of design, the momentum can be used for a number of applications without being out of place: it can be a TV for console games, a large office monitor or a monstrous PC gaming display.

At the bottom is Philips Ambiglow lighting, which is essentially two RGB LED strips and processing software that allows these strips to mimic the average colors currently shown on the display. In a dark room with white walls, this provides pleasant ambient lighting in some situations and works quite well – it responds to both what is shown and exactly what is shown.

If you like this type of ambient lighting, it is worth experimenting with, and it is definitely more useful than just a simple RGB strip. It can also be completely disabled and is disabled by default if you want a more traditional experience.

For on-screen display, Philips includes a direction switch for easy navigation, but it is even simpler than the remote control it contains. The remote control is very simple and is mainly used to change the inputs and volume of the built-in speakers. However, it can also be used to scroll through the screen settings, which has certainly helped to calibrate the display. If you use the Momentum 43 as a television, the remote control is an essential part.

It should come as no surprise, however, that the stand is very limited as it only offers tilt adjustment. I would have been amazed if it had other adjustments. So if you want to mount the screen higher or at an angle, you'll need to buy a 200 x 200 VESA mount that is compatible with a display of this size and weight.

Obviously, one of the big cards of the Momentum 43 is its size, and this thing is certainly huge. For games, I use a 34-inch Acer Predator X34 ultrawide, which is already quite wide, but the Momentum 43 is a good 10 cm wider and obviously significantly higher, as it is a 16: 9 panel.

For productivity use, I found the momentum impractical for most tasks. There are a few things to do: A pixel density that corresponds to a 27-inch 1440p display means that you don't have to mess around with the scaling of the display to read text at a typical viewing distance on the desk. It also gives you plenty of screen space, which is equivalent to four 21.5-inch 1080p monitors in a 2×2 grid. This allows you to align apps around every corner and display 4 windows at the same time, while keeping things nice and visible that you really can. & # 39; Not with a 32-inch 4K monitor or smaller.

However, my main problem with this monitor for productivity tasks is that no work mode ever feels comfortable. If you only display a huge 4K window, it is a waste of screen space. In many apps like Photoshop, your eyes are directed across the screen to the taskbars on the left and right. In a split-screen view, the edges are far from your eyes because the panel is flat, and it's just not a great experience compared to a standard dual-screen setup where you see the screens for optimal viewing of each screen bend. And then, with a window in every corner, there's nothing important in the middle of the screen, and the middle is the most visible part.

Where this size really shines is for entertainment. That's exactly what Philips markets the display for. When you throw a 43-inch screen within reach on a desk, it is really huge and takes up a large part of your field of vision. The main advantage compared to a standard 21: 9 Ultrawide monitor is its height. The Momentum 43 only devours your view if an Ultrawide does not offer the same level of vertical immersion.

However, in many games you will need to adjust the field of view and HUD position to ensure that the main action is in the center of the display. I thought that the Momentum 43, as a PC gaming display, is best used in games where you can adjust the settings so that you not only see an enlarged image, but also more peripheral vision both horizontally and vertically receive. You can't do this in every game or without a fisheye effect, so it can be a mixed bag.

Would I personally use a 43-inch display to play? Probably not, considering that my existing 21: 9 display is actually useful as a productivity monitor and the additional size of the 43-inch momentum doesn't always give better results in games. But I can definitely see the appeal of a massive display like this for some players, although it's more of a niche thing.

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