Philips Mo­men­tum 328M6 curved mon­i­tor

A huge screen with a rel­a­tively small price.

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PRICE $ 649 www.philips.com

Just $650 buys you 32 inches of gam­ing mon­i­tor to­day. It’s a VA panel -- but a very good one. You get a 1900R curve which is fairly shal­low but def­i­nitely enough to ap­pre­ci­ate. And, it re­freshes at up to 144Hz. Very nice! Its QHD (2560x1440) res­o­lu­tion is the sweet spot for look­ing sharp enough in gam­ing, and is prac­ti­cal enough to hope­fully hit those 144Hz highs if you have enough GPU power avail­able. At this price you get FreeSync, not G-Sync.

The Philips also throws in quan­tum dots, so pri­mary colours re­ally pop. There’s also an HDR mode but in prac­tise we thought it looked bet­ter with it off.

There’s also an un­usual in­put lag com­pen­sa­tion mode. It works best when the panel’s over­drive is also set to its fastest mode, bring­ing the re­sponse rate down, close to its claimed min­i­mum of 4ms.

The best re­sults in gam­ing were to be found with the mon­i­tor run­ning at 144Hz. Ac­tion on screen was ex­tremely fluid and smooth and no ar­ti­fact­ing was ap­par­ent. This is all ex­cel­lent for what we’d def­i­nitely con­sider to be a bud­get model.

Around the back is a sin­gle d-pad but­ton that ac­cesses all the con­trols. It’s in a slightly awk­ward po­si­tion, forc­ing you to re­ally lean for­ward and reach around.

It’s not a par­tic­u­larly bright panel. For gen­eral non-gam­ing use we judged it to be enough, but only barely. Whites on doc­u­ments or in a browser look just a bit muted, and con­trast against blacks suf­fer slightly as a re­sult. In its favour the screen presents a very even spread with no in­con­sis­ten­cies in any ar­eas, in­clud­ing the cor­ners.

With it set to sRGB mode-on the bright­ness de­faults to max­i­mum, and try­ing to re­duce it switches from sRGB to a new cus­tom set­ting. It would be nice to have bright­ness ad­justable while still in sRGB mode, this isn’t by any stretch a pro­fes­sional mon­i­tor, but the sRGB mode is im­pres­sively ac­cu­rate and well cal­i­brated out of the box, and to our eye the sRGB mode sim­ply looked the best (in­clud­ing com­pared to the built-in game pre­sets), so some flex­i­bil­ity there would have been a bonus.

Am­bi­light is in­cluded, which is Philips’ am­bi­ent light­ing sys­tem that at­tempts to beam a gen­eral repli­ca­tion of what the screen is show­ing at any given time via built in LEDs. These shine down­wards onto your desk. While in-game the ef­fect is more candy than im­mer­sive, we ended up dis­abling it purely be­cause in reg­u­lar desk use out of games it would shine doc­u­ment white or browser colours most of the time, which was dis­tract­ing.

At a very rea­son­able price this is a fine gam­ing as well as gen­eral pur­pose mon­i­tor. Colour ac­cu­racy is very good, it has an unusu­ally solid stand -- though it can’t be ro­tated hor­i­zon­tally. All up it’s one of the best 32in screens we’ve seen and un­less you need G-Sync is a red hot buy.

At a very rea­son­able price this is a fine gam­ing as well as gen­eral pur­pose mon­i­tor.

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