Displays are ever-improving these days. Just earlier today, we reported on Samsung’s latest technology that gives massive 32-foot 4K screens for theaters to use instead of a normal projector. Well, Philips is here with its latest and greatest, bringing us the world’s first HDR1000 certified monitor.
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HDR stands for “high dynamic range” and is designed to give equal balance between bright and dark when viewing images. It’s how you can have a nice bright sky yet still see what’s going on in the shadows in the same image.
Currently, the two main standards are HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Coming up, there will be a DisplayHDR standard which will be the first fully open version that specifies HDR quality. There are three tiers here, DisplayHDR 400 (base), DisplayHDR 600 (mid), and DisplayHDR 1000 (high-end).
Philips’ Momentum 436M6 display (hereon out known as the Momentum) features Quantum Dot Color and the highest DisplayHDR 1000 certification. This means that all colors will be much more lifelike and realistic when viewing content designed with this new standard.
This new DisplayHDR standard is meant to help simplify shopping. With current “standards”, there’s Active HDR (simulated), HDR10, and Dolby Vision. VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) is behind the new standard, and that makes me super happy. You might recognize the term VESA from the types of mounting options included on most displays.
The Momentum monitor also features Philip’s Ambiglow technology, which gives an immersive halo of light around the edges of the display. This expands the screen’s viewing experience and makes it more lifelike.
While you’re watching content, the display has an internal processor that analyzes the image and changes the color of the surrounding LEDs to match giving it a unique and wonderful experience.
Screen wise, this is a 43-inch 4K monitor. This should be the standard resolution among high-end monitors these days, though I see 5K or 8K becoming the new standard in the coming months or years.
This monitor will also feature MultiView technology, which enables it to have active dual connections so things like laptops and desktops can be connected at the same time. “It’s easy to watch a live football feed from a set-top box on one side, while playing a gaming console on the other,” Philips says.
The Philips Momentum 436M6 will become available later this summer for $999.99. Sure, this is on the higher-end of monitors, but at a 43-inch size and with 4K HDR1000 resolution, that should be expected.