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Review: Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB

by Parm Mann on 10 January 2020, 14:01

Tags: Philips (AMS:PHIA)

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Conclusion

...Philips gets most things right, and we'd quite happily use the Momentum 32 for both gaming and everyday work.

Building on the promise of the Momentum 43, Philips' smaller, more versatile 32in alternative serves as a useful one-stop destination for both PC and console gamers.

Priced at £490, the 32in VA panel offers many of the mod cons gamers would expect at this price point, including a 4K resolution, DisplayHDR 600 certification, and adaptive framerate synchronisation. The result is a high-contrast, tear-free gaming experience with top-notch clarity, and with neither the unwieldy size nor subpixel complications of the original, the newer Momentum 32 is also far better suited to regular desktop use.

Choosing a monitor, however, is a case of picking the features that matter most, and the Philips screen isn't without shortcomings. A maximum 60Hz refresh rate is unlikely to appease enthusiasts, and as with practically all VA solutions, unwanted characteristics such as colour shift and black crush are seemingly unavoidable.

Such trade-offs are offset through the inclusion of three HDMI inputs, loud DTS speakers, and adaptive Ambiglow lighting that adds to the feeling of immersion. No panel is perfect, yet we come away feeling as though Philips gets most things right, and we'd quite happily use the Momentum 32 for both gaming and everyday work.

Bottom line: want a good-sized 4K HDR panel for your PC and games console? Give the Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB a closer look.

The Good
 
The Bad
A fine fit for both console and PC
Does a decent job with HDR visuals
Good out-the-box colour accuracy
Improved connectivity with three HDMI
Effective Ambiglow mood lighting
Loud DTS speakers
Native FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible
 
Costs more than its 43in sibling
60Hz refresh unlikely to appease enthusiasts
VA limitations; black crush and colour shift
Could do with a remote control



Philips Momentum 326M6VJRMB

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A fine match for, say, 4K HDR gaming on an Xbox One X or a next-gen console further down the line, though playing devil's advocate, might PC gamers prefer to trade the high PPI for the silky feel of a lower resolution and higher refresh rate? That's very much a case of personal preference.

Myself I solved that with a fairly small 4K display (27"). At 4K the pixel density is awesome and because of my distance from the display, you can actually appreciate that. Then, if you are struggling, you can knock it down to 1080 or 1440p without too many issues and the size of the display doesn't make it look terrible.
Just out of curiousity, what panel do you have that is 4K @ 27"