Philips 436M6

More of a TV than a mon­i­tor, but HDR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion makes this a per­fect dis­play for movies as well as gam­ing.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

The Philips 436M6 is a TV mas­querad­ing as a com­puter mon­i­tor. At 43-inches di­ag­o­nal, it’s more suited to peo­ple’s liv­ing rooms than their desks. Un­like most TVs how­ever, the 436M6 is the first mon­i­tor to re­ceive VESA Dis­playHDR 1000 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which con­sid­er­ing the $1,000 price point and 4K res­o­lu­tion, makes for a very in­ter­est­ing dis­play.

One of the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a 4K res­o­lu­tion on such a large screen is the lack of win­dow scal­ing or zoom­ing, so Win­dows won’t have a fit when us­ing an app in­com­pat­i­ble with win­dow scal­ing. The down­side how­ever, is the loss of pixel den­sity, re­sult­ing in a lack of clar­ity and de­tail, par­tic­u­larly with text, that you get at 4K res­o­lu­tion on a smaller mon­i­tor (i.e: 34-inch or 40-inch). You’ll need to sit a bit fur­ther away than usual with the 436M6, around 80cm to 90cm is the sweet spot so the 43-inch screen fills your pe­riph­eral vi­sion.

For gamers into fast frame rates, the Philips 436M6 will dis­ap­point as it’s not ca­pa­ble of much be­yond 60Hz, de­spite sup­port­ing AMD FreeSync. But those seek­ing image qual­ity rather than twitch gam­ing will be de­lighted with the DCI-P3 colour gamut and great HDR sup­port will make games that sup­port it look fan­tas­tic. Which this price point, on such a large dis­play, is an ex­cel­lent achieve­ment. Just make sure your graph­ics card can do 4K at 60fps to get the best out of the Philips 436M6.


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