The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is a glimpse into the future. In a few years, 'hdr1000' and 'dci-p3' will be standard features, but for the time being they are a rarity. In an earlier article we discussed the Asus ProArt PA32UC, which managed to produce an impressive brightness with a full array local dimming backlight of 384 zones, but that is not a gaming monitor and for that price you can also take your family on a holiday. The same applies to the first two Nvidia G-sync hdr monitors, the Asus PG27UQ and the Acer X27, which will cost around 2925 dollars euros. These are great to dream about, but for most of us they are simply too expensive.
The Momentum 436M6, on the other hand, is easily accessible. Of course, 930 dollars is still quite expensive, but it is not much more than a 40-inch ultra-hd monitor. Compared to the prices of the most luxurious gaming monitors (qhd with ips and g-sync) it is not remarkably expensive. Meanwhile, this monitor already offers you a convincing 4K hdr experience.
Is it a monitor that has no downsides whatsoever? Certainly not. There are not as many hdmi inputs as we would like to see; looking at the primary target audience this is an incomprehensible choice. With some reflection and uneven illumination the panel cannot be used in all circumstances, you will have to think about the position in the room and the lighting. Having said that, in normal use, we do not find this an insurmountable obstacle. This also applies to the viewing angles, which are simply not the best with va technology. The power consumption is quite high, but given its brightness we cannot really blame the monitor.
Philips has done an excellent job in terms of colour quality, even though we know that the engineers at TPV have even more to offer, as evidenced by previously tested monitors. What really matters for this product are the response times, ghosting, overdrive artifacts and input lag- these are respectively good, not disturbingly noticeable and absent in our tests.
With that we have a big gaming monitor that delivers on its promises, at a price that we certainly find acceptable. For (living room) gaming it is definitely an excellent choice, which is why this monitor receives our Excellent Choice award.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is available for 930 dollars from the beginning of July; various shops already allow you to pre-order the monitor.