Philips 328M6

Amaz­ing value for money dis­play with high re­fresh rate, ideal PPI and above av­er­age colour gamut at a great price.

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Philips has been re­leas­ing some ex­cel­lent value for money dis­plays lately and its 328M6 looks like it con­tin­ues that trend,pro­vidinga32-inch, 1440p, 1800R curved VA-type panel, with 144Hz re­fresh rate, 4ms re­sponse time, 3000:1 con­trast ra­tio and 120% sRGB cov­er­age for $599.

Image qual­ity at 144Hz is solid, re­sponse times of 7ms are low for a VA panel and in­put lag is min­i­mal. Out of the box, colours are well cal­i­brated and un­like many other gam­ing mon­i­tors, are suit­able for ba­sic photo edit­ing, mak­ing the 328M6 a great dis­play for those us­ing their com­put­ers for more than just gam­ing.

The 328M6 has a neat party trick Philips called Am­biglow, which is a strip of LEDs on the bot­tom the case that light up in uni­son with what’s be­ing dis­played on screen. It’s sup­posed to cre­ate a more im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, but that’s highly de­bat­able.

Built-in speak­ers are gen­er­ally trash, but the 328M6’s are pretty good con­sid­er­ing there’s no sub­woofer. The stand could do with an up­grade, as the only ad­just­ment avail­able is for­ward and back tilt, plus it feels a lit­tle flimsy for a screen this big. Any­one want­ing to hook up a TV tuner, a gam­ing con­sole or a sec­ond PC to their dis­play will ap­pre­ci­ate the 2x DP and 2x HDMI ports.

Of all the mon­i­tors in this re­view, the Philips 328M6 is the gam­ing best bang for buck. For only $599 you get a dis­play with all the lat­est fea­tures and no show stop­pers.


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