Introduced in April, Philips holds the excellence of being first to ship a DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the brand new VESA certification for indicating, nicely, “this monitor meets some unfastened standards for displaying HDR content material decently”? However to its credit score, the 4K, 43-inch Philips Momentum 43’s specs exceed the minimal necessities.

Philips Momentum 43 specs

Value (MSRP)

$1,000, £700

Panel sort

MVA-Quantum Dot

Backlight sort


Dimension (diagonal)

42.5 inches


4K UHD, three,840×2,160 pixels

Side ratio


Pixel pitch (mm)


Most gamut

97.6 % DCI-P3

Bit depth

Eight (10-bit simulation by way of FRC)

Typical brightness (nits)



DisplayHDR 1000

Sync customary

Adaptive Sync

Most vertical refresh charge (at HD or increased decision)


Grey/grey response time (milliseconds)



1x 2.zero

USB-C (out)


USB-C (in)


USB Kind-A (out)

2x USB 2.zero

USB three.zero (in)





1x 1.2

Mini DisplayPort

1x 1.2

Constructed-in audio system

2x 7 watts

Headphone jack


Launch date

July 2018

The “1000” refers to its means to maintain 1,000 nits of brightness for temporary intervals — some of the vital traits of an actual HDR show. The certification requires a typical brightness of 600 nits and a minimum of 100 % of the BT.709 colour area (much like sRGB). However the Momentum claims 720 nits and nearly 98 % DCI-P3, the most important area at the moment sensible. 

It additionally has an 80Hz refresh charge plus adaptive sync and a Four-millisecond gray-to-gray response time, which provides it first rate gaming cred, particularly for consoles.

Whereas it is the primary monitor to bear the DisplayHDR 1000 imprimatur, it is not the primary 1,000-nit HDR monitor. As an example, there’s the Acer Predator X27, which helps G-Sync HDR. Hitting these higher, extra stringent necessities, plus G-Sync, make it costlier at $2,000. However Philips’ is definitely the most important monitor with cheap HDR and is half the value.

Remember the fact that the three DisplayHDR certifications do not cowl colour accuracy or white level. It defines the gamuts by testing the three primaries (crimson, inexperienced and blue) at full saturation. However, for instance, cyan (blue-green) is tough for shows to hit correctly and more likely to be improper. Gamuts aren’t polygons. 

The certification additionally requires 10-bit processing, however not a 10-bit panel; the Momentum 43 makes use of an Eight-bit panel and dithers out to 10 bits. So long as somebody eyeballing a check display cannot see points with the gradients, it is thought-about certifiable.



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