Philips Momentum 43 Scores Major Kills


Philips is blazing forward with Momentum, a display that sits between monitor and TV.

It’s an ideal matchup for a decent gaming rig as it supports 4K HDR. You’ll be getting an impressive picture quality with some of the most vibrant colors on display. And like its namesake, it’s 43-inches.

At that size, the Momentum gives you sufficient space to multitask. Open up four or even five different windows and arrange them in an order that would best benefit whatever you’re doing.

For viewing and gaming, you might prefer to step back a little, as staring at a 43-inch monitor close-range can get pretty intense. We’ve hooked this up with a Nintendo Switch to play Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and then later with a PS4 Pro for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and visuals were gorgeous, detailed and colors really come alive. In the case of Sekiro, which is gloomy compared to the colorful Zelda, the Momentum displayed impressive blacks and shadows that amped up the atmosphere.

We’d like to stress that the Momentum is primarily a monitor. It features a DisplayPort 1.2 input, two USB 3.0, one USB Type C, one mini DisplayPort, two audio ports, and one HDMI 2.0. While all those ports sound great, the Momentum could had done better with a second HDMI port, which would allow you to switch between PC or gaming console.

Sure, you can use the HDMI to connect to other devices, such as a Chromecast that would allow you to stream content and use apps like YouTube and Netflix.

Straight from the box, the stands have already been attached, basically making it a plug-and-play device. There’s no need to find which part goes where and screws to handle. And this is a big plus on our book, sometimes we do get excited with a big haul that we just want to tear it off the box and use it right away. It has a remote control, which does pretty much what you’d expect it to be: brightness, input source, power, menu, and volume.

Built-in speakers are impressive. It doesn’t compare to actual speakers, of course. But even without additional external audio hardware, the Momentum can stand its ground quite well.

The Momentum supports the Philips Ambiglow, a lighting technology that emits an ambient glow around the screen using the same colors as projected. The idea behind this is that it gives a more cinematic feel to it. In the right position and distance, the Ambiglow does make watching movies and playing games prettier.