...Philips provides a vivid image that is primed for gaming on consoles such as the Xbox One X.
A super-sized monitor designed to displace the traditional TV may seem a niche solution, yet it's also a sign of how viewing habits in general are changing.
Live TV is no longer a requirement for many users, and if you're seeking a panel with superior gaming credentials, a monitor may have the upper hand by foregoing the image processing employed by TVs in favour of fast response, reduced lag and FreeSync adaptive framerate synchronisation.
It is most likely that line of thinking that has resulted in the intriguing Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. The giant 43in screen is a 4K monitor at its core, but by adding to the mix convincing HDR credentials, fast response, a wide colour gamut and FreeSync support, Philips provides a vivid image that is primed for gaming on consoles such as the Xbox One X.
Having one panel to replace both a TV and a monitor is a good idea in theory, but such a solution needs to excel on both fronts, and the Philips is ultimately better from afar. Up close, as a PC monitor, the huge size can prove uncomfortable, uniformity isn't perfect, and the subpixel layout becomes noticeable. Step back, and the outstanding contrast, excellent colour accuracy and minimal lag make for a compelling gaming environment.
Bottom line: the PC experience isn't ideal, yet if you're seeking a large panel for occasional work and frequent console gaming, the Momentum 436M6VBPAB is, at the very least, an interesting choice.
Primed for console gaming
Outstanding brightness and contrast
Good out-the-box colour accuracy
DisplayHDR 1000 certification
Impressive DTS speakers
Bundled remote control
Not ideal for PC use
Only one HDMI input
Uniformity could be better
Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB monitor is available to purchase from Amazon.
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