Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB review: look into the future

Despite some flaws, this big monitor is an excellent choice with true hdr

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Uniformity

The uniformity of the backlight is not the strongest point of the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. The lowest measured value in our measurement in 15 segments is 78% of the highest measured value, on average we end up at 90%. In other words, the overall result is not bad, but there are some low values in there. We also see this when we look at the screen with a predominantly white image; on the right side there is a visible decrease in brightness at the top and in the middle. This is not noticeable with standard use, but if you are going to process text while waiting in a lobby it is definitely noticeable.

  • Lowest compared to highest white
  • Average compared to highest white

  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

The uniformity of black is not as high as that of the best screens in the test field either. We see percentages around 60, which is a reason to have a good look at the screen in the dark. There we do indeed see uneven lighting, with some forms of backlight bleeding and clouding. In practice it looks less serious than in the picture, but it is something to take into account when you play in the dark a lot. Also when watching ultra-wide-screen videos (2.39:1) with dark bars at the top and bottom, it is something you may find annoying.

  • Lowest compared to highest black
  • Average compared to highest black

  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

Below you can see all the sub measurements in one overview. Bear in mind that the colour in the boxes with the uniformity of black, white and the contrast is related to the results of the measurements for that model; not to the absolute values.

  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
  • Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

  • As for black: the lower the measured value, the better (=greener); if the value is higher this means worse (=redder).
  • For white the colour coding is different, because there we set a specific brightness of 150 cd/m². That is why values that are closer to this setting green, values that are further away become red – the more they deviate the redder they are.
  • As far as contrast is concerned, the highest contrast is green, the lowest is red – the values in between are marked by these colours. Greener is better, redder is worse. We emphasize again that these values are relative: a contrast of 1702:1 is excellent, but if the highest measured contrast is 2581:1, the former value is still marked in red.
  • With the colour temperature the measurements are bluer the lower they are, yellower the higher they are.
  • Last but not least the colour deviation: here you see a number for the DeltaE value in the boxes, where values below three are barely noticeable with the naked eye. The colour of the boxes shows the colour deviation of grey.

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Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

43 inch, 3840x2160, 102 ppi, VA, AMD FreeSync, 60 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 720 cd/m², 4000 : 1

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