£699 Philips Momentum 43-inch 4K Adaptive Sync HDR Display Available in May rated at DisplayHDR 1000

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Philips has recently announced the Momentum 436M6VBPAB which is a large 43-inch monitor which offers an impressive feature set, delivering DisplayHDR 1000 certified HDR capabilities, support for VESA Adaptive-Sync and a 4K resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate.

With impressive specifications such as that, you would expect a steep price, but Philips have priced this very keenly in my opinion at just £699. Ok, so £699 is still a lot of money, but the cheapest large format display I can find is the 40″ iiyama X4071UHSU-B1 at around £550 with no HDR or adaptive sync. The Dell 43″ P4317Q costs £749.

I personally use a 40” Samsung 4K TV as my primary monitor, and I think larger format displays are the best option for 4K. One of the main selling for 4K to me is the ability to have 4 times as much information on your screen as 1080p, but with smaller monitors, especially 27” you have to dial up the scaling eliminating many of the benefits. At 40” I still have to have scaling at 125% but that could be the cheap display, with a decent quality 43” monitor you should be able to get 100% scaling, Microsoft recommend 49” for 100% scaling, however they also recommend 150% for anything below 43-inch and I have 125% on my 27-inch and 40-inch displays.

This display has a Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) window, which is 23 – 80 Hz which is quite decent for Adaptive Sync. While this window is better than nothing, it would have been nice to see this range extend down to at least 40 like most 4K Adaptive Sync/FreeSync monitors. The Momentum 436M6VBPAB is not branded as a FreeSync display and does not qualify for AMD's FreeSync 2 standard, given its lack of LFC support.

The Momentum 436M6VBPAB can offer a peak brightness of 1000 cd/m2 and a typical brightness of 720 cd/m2 and provide deeper blacks using a 32-zone edge lit local dimming backlight.

Philips uses both their Wide Color Gamut backlighting alongside a Quantum Dot coating on their display to achieve an HDR ready colour gamut, 97.6% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space on a 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC) panel.

The display will support HDMI 2.0, Displayport 1.2, mini DisplayPort and USB Type-C (DP alt mode) inputs, allowing this display to work with modern PCs and consoles.

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