A promising foundation and a mammoth upgrade for gamers wanting to take their screen size up a notch or two...
The Philips Momentum 558M1RY is a giant monitor unlike anything we've tested before. Designed ostensibly for game consoles, the 55in VA panel is in many ways a TV replacement for gaming enthusiasts who don't need a built-in tuner and favour the low input lag typically associated with monitors.
An interesting prospect, and Philips has a handful of features that heighten the panel's appeal. These include a 4K UHD resolution, HDR1000 certification, and either FreeSync or G-Sync Compatibility at up to 120Hz. Such ingredients make for a vivid HDR gaming experience, while the sleek external design and impressive B&W soundbar enhance the overall package.
A promising foundation and a mammoth upgrade for gamers wanting to take their screen size up a notch or two, however there are limitations to be aware of. Philips' VA panel isn't well suited to regular desktop use, games consoles connected via HDMI will be limited to 60Hz at the native 4K resolution, and then there's the fact that 55in 4K OLED TVs are available for similar money.
Bottom line: Philips hasn't quite cracked the living-room monitor just yet, but we come away feeling as though the Momentum 558M1RY offers a taste of things to come. A follow-up model, with HDMI 2.1, could be a noteworthy companion for a next-generation games console.
Huge 55in form factor
Impressive B&W soundbar
Stylish design fit for any room
Convincing HDR experience
FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible at 120Hz
Not ideal for regular desktop use
HDMI games consoles limited to 4K60
Costs as much as a 4K OLED
Philips Momentum 558M1RY
The Philips Momentum 558M1RY gaming monitor is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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