Philips Momentum Displays for Console Gaming – 558M1RY, 328M1R and 278M1R

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At this year’s Gamescom event Philips unveiled 3 new models in their Momentum display line-up, aimed at console gamers. There are three new sizes available, a massive 55″ model (the 558M1RY), a 31.5″ model (328M1R) and a 27″ model (278M1R). All three monitors feature the innovative signature Ambiglow technology, a halo of light that makes all kinds of entertainment extend beyond the edges of the screen for the most immersive experience. All three screens are equipped with Adaptive-Sync technology for VRR support.

Of particular interest is the large format 55″ 558M1RY model (technically 54.6″ diagonal) which features a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution along with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR 1000 certification. This is via an edge-lit local dimming system, as they also offered on the 43″ model a while back. The screen supports adaptive-sync as well for variable refresh rates from both NVIDIA and AMD systems, as well as the latest games consoles that support it. There is also talk of a “4ms input lag” which if true, represents a nice low lag relative to most TV’s which would be typically used for console gaming purposes.

For connectivity there are 3x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort and 4x USB ports offered (2 with fast charging support). Over HDMI there is support for either 4K @ 60Hz, or 1440p @ 120Hz. Over DisplayPort it can support the full 4K @ 120Hz although this must require some form of colour compression for that to be achieved. A remote control is included.

The in built speakers are produced in conjunction with Bowers & Wilkins as well. Three selectable audio modes specifically developed for games let users fine-tune the experience to their liking.

Andy Kerr, director of Product Marketing & Communications at Bowers & Wilkins, comments: “True Sound is at the heart of everything we do at Bowers & Wilkins, from our world-class high-end loudspeakers to our award-winning partnership with Philips TV. Now, working with Philips monitors, we are delighted to bring True Sound to gaming consumers, thanks to the 55” Momentum 558M1RY. I’m certain we’ll have just as much success!”

The 31.5″ sized 328M1R model is also 120Hz and features HDR 600 certification along with a 3840 x 2160 resolution again. Adaptive-sync is again supported, and this model is also advertised with the “4ms input lag” mode. A 1ms MRPT spec is mentioned for this model which implies perhaps a blur reduction backlight, although it’s not specifically mentioned yet.

2x 5W DTS sound speakers are offered on the 31.5″ model. 3x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort and 4x USB ports are offered again. Same resolution/refresh rate limitations as the 55″ model discussed above. The stand on this model offers tilt and 130mm height adjustment.

The 27″ 278M1R has a normal 60Hz refresh rate only, but still offers the 3840 x 2160 resolution of the larger models. It is only “HDR ready” meaning it will accept an HDR input but has no meaningful HDR output, and will not support any local dimming like the larger models offer. There are 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort and 4x USB ports offered again. The stand also offers tilt and 130mm height adjustment, and there are again 2x 5W speakers. The 1ms MPRT spec is included on this 27″ model too.

According to the press release the new models will be available “as of Q1 2020”. The 5″ 558M1RY is expected to retail for around 1,399 EUR although this is subject to change. More info on specs and features along with expected pricing when we get them.

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