Philips 55″ monitor with HDMI 2.1 and 4k144Hz costs 1399 euros and comes in August

MMD will release the Philips Momentum Monitor in August for 1399 euros. This 55″ LCD monitor has a 4k144Hz panel and HDMI 2.1, with which the screen is mainly aimed at the new consoles. According to the manufacturer, the monitor is specifically designed for the Xbox Series S and X.

The Philips Momentum Monitor with type number 559M1RYV has a VA panel with a contrast ratio of 4000:1 and can display 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. The gray-to-gray response time is 4ms and the screen features three-sided Ambiglow. This is similar to Ambilight, which is known from the Philips TVs, although Ambiglow is the name of this application for monitors.

The monitor has a DisplayHDR 1000 certification from VESA, which means that the screen should be able to offer a pretty good HDR experience. Details about dimming the backlight are unknown, but in any case the screen can achieve a relatively high peak brightness of 1200cd/m² in HDR mode. In SDR this is a maximum of 750cd/m².

In terms of signal input, three HDMI 2.1 connections are available, complemented by a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection and a USB-C connection with support for USB-PD up to 65W. The screen has a 4k144Hz panel, but the combination of the 4k resolution with the maximum frame rate of 144fps will only be possible for PC gamers via the DisplayPort connection, because via HDMI 2.1 at 4k resolution 120Hz is the limit. Whether the Philips Momentum Monitor is equipped with all the functions that fall under HDMI 2.1 is unknown. It is clear that VRR is supported.

MMD has equipped the monitor with an integrated soundbar that is placed between the base and the bottom of the screen. For this soundbar, the manufacturer has collaborated with audio company Bowers & Wilkins, as TP Vision also does with its Philips televisions that are equipped with a soundbar.

According to MMD, the Philips Momentum monitor is the world’s first monitor designed for the Xbox. In developing the screen, MMD claims to have collaborated with Xbox employees. “The team worked together to create Xbox Game Mode, an exciting mode with specially tuned picture quality for Xbox. The monitor has been extensively collaborated, tested and validated by engineers from Microsoft and TPV,” the company wrote. The monitor can also be used in combination with a PlayStation 5.

In the coming months, MMD will announce even more models in the Designed for Xbox gaming line, which already includes the Philips Momentum Monitor. The company announced a year ago that it would release multiple HDMI 2.1 monitors with 4k144Hz panels to coincide with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. That release period has not been met. In addition to the 55″ version discussed here, there would in any case also be variants with screen diagonals of 27″ and 31″, which are also equipped with a 4k panel with a 144Hz refresh rate.

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