Announced in April, Philips holds the distinction of being first to ship a DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the new VESA certification for indicating, well, "this monitor meets some loose criteria for displaying HDR content decently"? But to its credit, the 4K, 43-inch Philips Momentum 43's specs exceed the minimum requirements.
|Price (MSRP)||$1,000, £700|
|Panel type||MVA-Quantum Dot|
|Size (diagonal)||42.5 inches|
|Resolution||4K UHD, 3,840x2,160 pixels|
|Pixel pitch (mm)||0.245|
|Maximum gamut||97.6 percent DCI-P3|
|Bit depth||8 (10-bit simulation via FRC)|
|Typical brightness (nits)||720|
|Sync standard||Adaptive Sync|
|Maximum vertical refresh rate (at HD or higher resolution)||80Hz|
|Gray/gray response time (milliseconds)||4|
|USB Type-A (out)||2x USB 2.0|
|USB 3.0 (in)||1|
|Mini DisplayPort||1x 1.2|
|Built-in speakers||2x 7 watts|
|Release date||July 2018|
The "1000" refers to its ability to sustain 1,000 nits of brightness for brief intervals -- one of the most important characteristics of a real HDR display. The certification calls for a typical brightness of 600 nits and at least 100 percent of the BT.709 color space (similar to sRGB). But the Momentum claims 720 nits and almost 98 percent DCI-P3, the biggest space currently practical.
It also has an 80Hz refresh rate plus adaptive sync and a 4-millisecond gray-to-gray response time
, which gives it decent gaming cred, especially for consoles.
While it's the first monitor to bear the DisplayHDR 1000 imprimatur, it's not the first 1,000-nit HDR monitor. For instance, there's the Acer Predator X27, which supports G-Sync HDR. Hitting those better, more stringent requirements, plus G-Sync, make it more expensive at $2,000. But Philips' is certainly the biggest monitor with reasonable HDR and is half the price.
Keep in mind that the three DisplayHDR certifications don't cover color accuracy or white point. It defines the gamuts by testing the three primaries (red, green and blue) at full saturation. But, for example, cyan (blue-green) is hard for displays to hit properly and likely to be wrong. Gamuts aren't polygons.
The certification also requires 10-bit processing, but not a 10-bit panel; the Momentum 43 uses an 8-bit panel and dithers out to 10 bits. As long as someone eyeballing a test screen can't see issues with the gradients, it's considered certifiable.