The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is a decent 43", 4k monitor with outstanding peak brightness, deep blacks, and one of the widest color gamuts we've ever measured. It has an extremely fast response time, low input lag, and it supports FreeSync, which is great for gaming or watching movies. Unfortunately, like most VA monitors, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and there is noticeable crosshatching and sub-pixel dithering, so it isn't ideal for daily desktop use.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has a decent design. It has good build quality with a solid metal stand, but it wobbles quite a bit when nudged. There are no signs of any serious issues or defects with the monitor, and the borders around the frame are thin enough that they aren't distracting.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB delivers decent overall picture quality. It has an outstanding contrast ratio, the best we've ever measured on a monitor, and it can get extremely bright in both SDR and HDR. This monitor can also display a wide color gamut, and has one of the widest HDR color gamuts we've ever measured. It displays gradients almost perfectly, with very little banding, and has no significant color bleed. Unfortunately, this monitor uses a different subpixel structure from most monitors, which causes noticeable crosshatching and fringing on text. This makes it a less than ideal choice for daily use as a desktop.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has an outstanding native contrast ratio, by far the best we've ever measured on a monitor. This results in excellent dark room performance. As local dimming is only available in HDR, we were unable to measure the SDR contrast ratio with local dimming.
The Philips 436M6VBPAB has a local dimming feature, but it is very bad. It is edge-lit from top and bottom and has a limited number of dimming zones. When a bright object moves quickly across the screen, the local dimming zones aren't able to keep up, causing a glowing trail behind it. The local dimming feature is only available in HDR and, unfortunately, it can't be disabled.
Outstanding SDR peak brightness, the best we've measured so far on any monitor. There is no noticeable variation in brightness with different content, which is great. There should be no issues using this monitor in even the brightest of rooms. Peak brightness was measured using our calibration settings.
Outstanding peak brightness in HDR. Small highlights aren't as bright as on the Acer Predator X27, but unlike the X27, there is no variation in brightness with different content (also known as ABL).
We measured the HDR Peak Brightness with the 'VESA HDR1000' HDR mode. When the monitor is first turned on or the HDR mode is changed, the peak brightness of the 'UHDA' and 'VESA HDR1000' HDR modes is initially much higher, between 1019 and 1100 cd/m². After 2 minutes, the brightness drops off to the posted numbers, and the monitor will never go back to that brightness unless you turn the monitor off or change HDR modes. We are only showing the lower numbers here because the monitor is not usable for any length of time at the higher brightness.
The 'Normal' HDR mode doesn't do this, and remains at a constant brightness, slightly lower than the other two modes.
Like most VA monitors, the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has poor horizontal viewing angles. Even slightly off center, the image quickly gets washed out by the rising black levels. At moderate angles, colors lose accuracy and the image starts to fade. If wide viewing angles are important to you, check out the LG 43UD79-B.
The vertical viewing angles are very similar to the horizontal viewing angles. The brightness starts to decrease sooner, and colors lose accuracy when even slightly off angle. The image gets quickly washed out by the increasing black levels.
Decent black uniformity on the Momentum 436M6VBPAB, one of the best we've ever seen on a monitor. There should be no issues watching dark scenes in a dark room. Unfortunately, we weren't able to measure the black uniformity with local dimming in SDR, as local dimming is only available in HDR.
Out of the box, the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has disappointing accuracy. Gamma is relatively flat, close to 2.2, and does not follow the sRGB target curve. The color temperature is noticeably warm, and there are noticeable inaccuracies in shades of gray. Colors aren't very accurate either, and some might notice issues.
After calibration, the Momentum 436M6VBPAB has excellent accuracy. Gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly, and the color temperature is much closer to the target of 6500K. Color accuracy and white balance are significantly improved, and we don't expect anyone to notice any issues.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
sRGB Picture Mode: Off Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Off
Outstanding SDR color gamut, one of the best we've ever measured, similar to the Acer Predator X27. It has essentially perfect coverage of the sRGB color space. It also covers almost all of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but the gamut does not line up with the target. It produces a wider range of reds and magentas than the gamut supports, but can't produce the full range of greens.
sRGB Picture Mode: Off Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Off
Nearly perfect color volume in SDR, similar to the Acer Predator X27, which is incredible. Like most LED/LCD displays, it can't produce very bright blues.
DCI P3 Picture Mode: Off - VESA HDR1000
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Off - VESA HDR1000
Great HDR color gamut, one of the best we've ever seen. The 436M6VBPAB can display a wide color gamut, which is important for HDR content. In the wider Rec. 2020 color space, it can display most of the reds and blues, but not the more saturated greens.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has great motion handling. It has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects look great and have very little blur. This monitor also supports FreeSync, although the 60Hz refresh rate may be a bit limiting to some gamers. The backlight isn't technically flicker-free, but the flicker frequency is extremely high and shouldn't bother most people.
The Philips Momentum 436M6 has an outstanding response time. We strongly recommend setting the Smart Response to 'Off,' as there is significantly more overshoot in higher settings. Even with it set to 'Off,' there is significant overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some ghosting in dark scenes.
The Momentum 436M6 is not technically flicker-free, as there is a very high frequency wobble in the backlight, even at max backlight. It does not have an optional black frame insertion feature.
The Momentum 436M6VBPAB supports FreeSync, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card with a DisplayPort cable. It is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, though, which may disappoint more serious gamers.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB has excellent low input lag, and the 43", 4k screen is great for multitasking. It has a great selection of inputs, and the built-in USB hub is great for keeping your controllers charged.
The Philips 436M6VBPAB has excellent low input lag. To get the lowest input lag, the Low Input Lag setting has to be enabled. Once enabled, this automatically sets the SmartSize setting to 'Panel Size,' and it isn't possible to change the monitor's upscaling or lock it to a fixed aspect ratio.
The Philips 436M6 has an excellent, 43", high resolution 4k screen that is great for watching TV or playing games.
Unfortunately, there is a noticeable crosshatching pattern in some content, and red fringing on the edges of text, as shown here. Tuning the 'ClearType' setting on your PC fixes the fringing on text, as shown here, but doesn't fix the other issues. Philips officially recommends turning ClearType off on your PC, but we didn't find this to help much (shown here with ClearType off).
There is also subpixel dimming that causes shadows to display as the wrong color (original) in some games, similar to the TCL S517. This may be caused entirely by the strange BGR sub-pixel structure, but we don't know for sure.
Depending on how close you're sitting to the monitor, your usage, and your sensitivity to these kinds of issues, this might be considered a deal-breaker for some users.
Update 05/21/2019: Some older versions of this monitor have only 1 HDMI port.This monitor has a good selection of inputs, including 2 USB 3.0 ports. The USB-C port can be used as an upstream port to connect to your PC, and according to the manual, supports DisplayPort Alt mode, but we didn't test this.
The Philips 436M6VBPAB has a few additional features. It supports both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, which is great. It has a unique bias lighting feature known as Ambiglow, but during testing we found this feature to be a bit distracting at times, as it is slow to react to scene changes on the monitor.
The Philips 436M6VBPAB has a few additional features, including Philips' unique Ambiglow bias lighting feature. The Ambiglow feature is supposed to light up bias lighting strips along the bottom of the monitor that match the approximate color of the nearest pixels, but in our testing we found the effect to be very subtle, and very slow to react to changing scenes.
The monitor also supports both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, great for multitasking.
We tested the 43" Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB, which is the only size available in this series.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their 436M6 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
Update 05/21/2019: Some older versions of this monitor have only 1 HDMI port.
The 436M6VBPAB we reviewed was manufactured in December 2018.
The Philips 436M6VBPAB and the LG 43UD79-B use different panel types, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The Philips monitor uses a VA panel and looks great in a dark room, but the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The LG has an IPS panel, which doesn't look as good in a dark room but remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Besides these differences, the Philips 436M6VBPAB supports HDR, is a lot brighter, and supports FreeSync.
Although they use different panel technologies, the Acer Predator X27 is significantly better than the Philips 436M6VBPAB for most uses. The X27 uses an IPS panel, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The X27 also has a faster refresh rate, great for gaming, and has a more versatile stand with better ergonomics. The Acer X27 also has a much better local dimming feature with hundreds of local dimming zones, compared to a few dozen on the Philips. The Philips 436M6VBPAB has a VA panel, and looks much better in a dark room thanks to the much better contrast ratio.
The BenQ EW3270U is a bit better than the Philips 436M6VBPAB. The BenQ has slightly better viewing angles and better reflection handling. The Philips is much brighter and has a faster response time.
The Samsung CRG9 is better than the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. The CRG9 has better ergonomics, better gray uniformity, and better reflection handling. The CRG9 is also much better for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and slightly better motion handling. Although both monitors use VA panels, the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB looks better in a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity.
Despite the difference in panel technologies, the LG 27UK650-W is much better than the Philips 436M6VBPAB. The 27UK650 uses an IPS panel, which has much better viewing angles and much better gray uniformity. The 27UK650 also has a more versatile stand with better ergonomics. The Philips uses a VA panel, so it looks much better in a dark room, and delivers a better HDR experience than the 27UK650-W.