The Philips Momentum 436M6 is a 4K beauty and the beast. Beauty in that the 4K, HDR 1000 screen is excellent and beast in that it is a tad too big to use as a desktop monitor. Oh, and it has Ambiglow lighting and a remote control as well!
Don’t let my introduction put you off. If you have a huge desk and poor eyesight, the Philips Momentum 436M6 is the one for you. But for the rest, we need to see where this gargantuan desktop monitor fits in. As the review proceeds, I think you will find that
Philip’swebsite gives us our first clue. “Experience a new level of entertainment with the Momentum 4K HDRdisplay with Ambiglow lighting. An expansive 4K UHD display with HDR 1000delivers ultra-crisp and vibrant image quality that will get you in the moment.”
Review: Philips Momentum 436M6 Model 436M6VBPA
There are so many features lets start with the basic ones
|Screen||42.51”, 3840 x [email protected], 103ppi, 16:9, MVA panel, 10-bit colour (dithering)|
|Backlight||Quantum Dot, Blue-LED backlight, 4ms Grey-to-Grey, 178° viewing angle – good in the lounge|
|Gamut||100% BT-709, 97.6% DCI-P3, 145% sRGB – perfect for photo editors and designers|
|HDR||HDR 1000 and UHDA certified. Increases nits to 1000+ and contrast to 18,000:1. Almost as good as a Quantum Dot TV|
|Brightness||720 nits (typical) and 1000 nits peak. Contrast 7000:1 – good under office lighting|
USB-C (DP alt mode), DisplayPort 1.4, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0|
2 x USB-A 3.0 with charging, PC Audio-in, Headphone. Apple and Intel 8th Gen users will love USB-C connectivity
|Size (inc stand)||976 x 661 x 264mm x 14.71kg Black and 2% mild haze screen|
|Features||PIP, PBP, dual PC support, 2 x 7W DTS speakers, Ambiglow lighting, AMD Freesync 48-60Hz, 4ms G-to-G. Multi-play gamers will want this expansive screen.|
It looks more like a TV than a desktop monitor. The black metal stand requires at least a 30cm desk depth so don’t even think of placing it on a 60cm wide desk – it is in your face. In fact, we put it on a 90cm desk, and it was still a little too imposing. You need to have at least 80cm and preferably 90cm or more eye-to-screen distance. Couch-bound gamers will love it.
There are 17mm bezels and a 25mm bottom bezel with a white power LED. Yes, it is a big black glass slab.
It would not look out of place on a TV stand or perhaps a big, deep desk. It has a 200 x 200 VESA wall mount, and the remote control gives us more hints about its use.
Amibglow uses 10 LEDs mounted at the back of the bottom bezel to protect multi-coloured light on the desktop. It has several modes to try. You can show it off or turn it off – me; I prefer the latter.
The stand tilts -5/+10° and the TV sits 89mm off the desk so you could fit a small soundbar there.
USB-C (5Gbps) is plenty to drive a [email protected] screen, and the two USB-A 3.0 ports can sleep charge. We could not measure the amperage – Philips call it fast charge – so it is safe to assume 5V/2A. The only issue is that the USB-C to USB-C cable needs to be good quality or the speed drops off. You can also use it on a PC/Mac Thunderbolt 3 port. If you need to place it further away, DisplayPort or HDMI cables can run 3m or more.
You can access the comprehensive menu system via the rear joystick or the remote control. Do not lose the remote as it the convenient way to change settings.
Gamers will appreciate SmartImage that has FPS, Racing, FTS, Gamer l, Gamer 2, Low Blue Mode, SmartUniformity, and Off. These pre-sets change colours, gamma and uniformity. It has a dedicated remote-control button.
SmartContrast analyses content and presents the best image. I found that this and SmartUniformity gave the best-looking office productivity image where HRD is not a requirement.
HDR can be VESA certified HDR1000 providing three times the luminance of a typical desktop monitor. The other option is UHDA which brings colours up even more at a slight expense of HDR 1000 brightness.