Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB Monitor Review

Reviewed May 17, 2019 at 08:09 am
Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.3
Mixed Usage
6.8
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
7.5
HDR Gaming
Size 43"
Resolution 3840x2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Philips 436M6VBPAB is a decent monitor for most uses. It is ideally suited for console gaming, thanks to the fast response time, low input lag, and great HDR performance. There is noticeable crosshatching, due to the strange subpixel structure, so it isn't as well suited for office use or media creation.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.8 Office

This is a decent monitor for office usage. The 4k, 43" screen is great for multitasking. Unfortunately, there is noticeable crosshatching, especially in areas of uniform color, that may be distracting for office use.

See our Office recommendations
7.7 Gaming

The 436M6VBPAB is a good monitor for gaming. It has excellent low input lag, a fast response time, and supports FreeSync, which is great for console gaming. The built-in USB ports are useful for keeping your controllers charged. The 4k resolution is great for gaming, and allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games, but the 60Hz refresh rate might be too limiting for some gamers.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.4 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. HDR movies look great, thanks to the incredible peak brightness, wide color gamut, and excellent contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't ideal for watching movies with a few friends.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.3 Media Creation

Decent monitor for media creation, as the high resolution, large screen allows you to see more of your work without scrolling around or zooming. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics and poor viewing angles, and there is noticeable crosshatching, which could be distracting.

See our Media Creation recommendations
7.5 HDR Gaming

This is a good monitor for HDR gaming. It has an outstanding native contrast ratio, excellent peak brightness, and can display a wide color gamut, so HDR games look their best. It also has low input lag and a fast response time. The built-in USB ports are great for keeping your controllers charged. Unfortunately, the local dimming feature is bad, and may be distracting.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 7.5 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Deep, uniform blacks.
  • Outstanding peak brightness.
  • Great wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Bad local dimming.
  • Noticeable crosshatching that can be distracting for desktop use.

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43" 436M6VBPAB
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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
30.6 lbs (13.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
32.6 lbs (14.8 kg)

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.

Design
Stand
Width
33.0" (83.8 cm)
Depth
10.4" (26.4 cm)

The stand is large, and supports the monitor well, but does wobble quite a bit. It is nearly the same width as the monitor, so you'll need a large desk if you aren't planning on VESA mounting it.

1.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -10° to 5°

The Philips 436M6VBPAB has bad ergonomics. The stand has a narrow tilt range, and can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the monitor is very plain. The central portion of the screen is thicker than the rest, leaving room for the vents on the top and inputs on the bottom.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.7" (1.8 cm)

The borders of the monitor are thin, and don't stand out when using it.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.7" (6.9 cm)

The monitor is a bit thicker than average due to the large size, but when VESA mounted it doesn't stick out much.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Good build quality with no major issues, but the grill that covers the top vent doesn't seem very solid. Although the stand is metallic and well-built, the monitor wobbles quite a bit when nudged.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6888 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

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.

1.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

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.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
659 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
733 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
734 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
734 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
734 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
734 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
732 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
733 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
733 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
733 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
732 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
773 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
844 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
841 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
844 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
847 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
843 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
844 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
840 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
843 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
846 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
842 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

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.

4.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
28 °
Color Shift from Right
30 °
Brightness from Left
37 °
Brightness from Right
43 °
Black Level from Left
9 °
Black Level from Right
9 °
Curve Radius N/A

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.

4.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
25 °
Color Shift from Above
24 °
Brightness from Below
32 °
Brightness from Above
31 °
Black Level from Below
8 °
Black Level from Above
8 °

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.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.399 %
50% DSE
0.174 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.858 %
5% DSE
0.081 %

Decent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker, and there is some dirty screen effect throughout, which isn't ideal for browsing the web or playing sports games.

7.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.237 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

5.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Gamer 2
Luminance
510 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
80
Contrast Setting
50
RGB controls
100-93-84
Color Temperature
5537 K
White Balance dE
5.17
Color dE
3.37
Gamma
2.18

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.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Off
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
1
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-96-99
Color Temperature
6442 K
White Balance dE
0.60
Color dE
0.40
Gamma
2.19

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.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
92.9 %

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.

9.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
99.5 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
96.4 %

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.

8.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
88.0 %
Rec. 2020 xy
75.0 %

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.

7.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
79.9 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
72.5 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: Off - VESA HDR1000
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Off - VESA HDR1000

Very good color volume. Like most LED/LCD TVs, this monitor can't display very bright blues, and can't display dark saturated colors very well.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the 436M6, which is great.

9.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Outstanding gradient handling on the Momentum 436M6VBPAB. There is only slight banding in darker shades, which most people won't notice.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.001 %
Pixel column error
0.042 %

There is only some very minor color bleed when displaying large areas of uniform color, and it shouldn't be noticeable.

6.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

The Philips 436M6VBPAB has a glossy screen, which is rarely seen on monitors and is more common on TVs. This type of screen finish is not bad at removing reflections, but may be distracting in a bright room.

Motion
9.6
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
3.4 ms
100% Response Time
9.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Off

SmartResponse Off
SmartResponse Fast
SmartResponse Faster
SmartResponse Fastest

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.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free No
PWM Dimming Frequency
>1000 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

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.

7.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
60 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.7 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
9.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
10.0 ms
10 bit HDR
9.5 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

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.

9.4
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 8.3 MP
Pixel Density 104 PPI
Screen Diagonal 42.5 inches
Screen Area 772 sq inches

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.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm 1
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

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.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple input display
PIP + PBP

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.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There is a joystick located on the back of the monitor, but we found it to be very confusing and difficult to use. We preferred controlling the monitor with the included remote control. Note that the sensor for the remote is located under the power light on the right hand side.

Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • USB-C Cable
  • USB-C to USB-A Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • Manual
  • Power Cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
436M6VBPAB 43" 4k 60Hz FreeSync

The 436M6VBPAB we reviewed was manufactured in December 2018.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: LG 43UD79-B. Middle: Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. Right: Acer Predator X27.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Philips Momentum 436M6 is a decent 43" monitor, but there are better monitors for less. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best large monitors.

LG 43UD79-B
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Amazon.com

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.

Samsung C49RG9/CRG9
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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.

BenQ EW3270U
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Amazon.com

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.

LG 27UK650-W
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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.

Acer Predator X27
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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.

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