Using TVs as gaming monitors is no surprise today. But what about a gaming monitor that pretends to be a TV? It's the perfect gaming monitor to play your favorite game like Fallout. If you want to play with pleasure, you can also read the Fallout 1 guide. Now let us introduce you to the Momentum 558M1RY - 4K HDR display from Philips.
- Maximum resolution: HDMI: 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz, 2560 x 1440 at 120 Hz;
- DP: 3840 x 2160 at 120 Hz
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Contrast: 4000:1
- Maximum brightness: 1200 nits
- Response Time: 4 ms
- Maximum refresh rate: 120 Hz
- Matrix Type: VA
- Diagonal: 55″
- DisplayHDR 1000 Certificate
- AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology
Philips is positioning its device as a display specifically designed for console gaming. And indeed, with a nifty 55-inch VA matrix, a Bowers & Wilkins soundbar, background lighting, and high-end HDR certification, it seems like the perfect candidate for the TV spot. Let's examine the pros and cons of such a solution.
Package and Design
The display has a flat body and a frameless design with an anti-glare coating. There are no indicators and buttons on the front panel. The only control device is a five-position joystick located on the backside of the case, like in most modern monitors.
The rear wall is slightly extended to the center, and one of its sides is glossy. There are LED indicators all around the perimeter of the case, and all interfaces are down. There is a 3.5mm audio port, three HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB-B, and four USB 3.2 output ports (two of which support fast charging).
The design is supported by a massive T-shaped stand with wide-spaced but not overly prominent feet. The stand allows the display to be tilted up to 10 and tilted down to 5 degrees, but you cannot rotate the monitor or change the height.
A standard VESA fixing of 200x200 format is provided as an alternative to the stand. In this case, the soundbar attached to the mount under the monitor by default can be easily dismounted. When assembled with the stand, the device weighs about 27 kg.
It comes with a power cord, HDMI and DP cables, an instruction manual, and (since it is pretending to be a TV) remote control with batteries. You can use it to change the volume, switch between ports, and control the backlighting and OSD.
Connection and Setup
The Momentum 558M1RY menu (standard monitor pop-up) is divided into as many as twelve sections:
- Ambiglow - controlling backlight modes;
- Game Settings - enabling crosshair, reduced delay mode, and SmartResponse technology for matrix overclocking;
- LowBlue Mode - respectively turning on the blue filtering mode;
- Input - switches between the four video inputs;
- Picture - adjusts HDR presets, as well as gamma, brightness, contrast, and image sharpness;
- PIP/PBP - turns on picture-in-picture technology;
- SmartSize - change the size of the picture;
- Audio - controls the equalizer and soundbar volume;
- Color - enable sRGB and change the color temperature;
- Language - language selection for OSD (21 languages);
- OSD Settings - adjusts the position and time of the menu display;
- Setup - activation of passive charging via USB and reset to factory settings.
Somewhat bulky, but intuitive and generally standard for Philips OSD interface.
Features and Impressions
The Momentum 558M1RY display features Ultra Clear technology, giving it a high-contrast, high-definition image at 4K UHD resolution. Ultra Clear enhances color reproduction and depth of black and eliminates stray glare on the screen, keeping the picture sharp in any room lighting.
And for a "pseudo-TV," the Momentum 558M1RY's VA matrix is incredibly fast. When you activate SmartResponse mode and the built-in delay reduction feature, the monitor's response is reduced to 4 ms. That is exactly what you need for fast-paced games and session shooters.
The display is capable of 120 Hertz refresh rate in 4K with DisplayPort video input. Unfortunately, HDMI 2.0 can not boast the same. With 3840 x 2160 resolution, you will have to be content with 60 hertz or reduce the image size to WQHD-format.
SmartImage function allows users to choose one of the HDR presets or adjust the picture manually. Either way - it's a full-fledged DisplayHDR 1000 supported by AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology with 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and brightness up to 1200 nits. You won't settle for anything less after such a picture.
The 2.1-channel soundbar consists of two 10 watt mid-range speakers and one 20 watt subwoofer. The creation of the device was the job of the famous British company manufacturer of acoustics Bowers & Wilkins. Hence, the speakers have a clear, well-balanced sound. The total output power is 40 watts, which is more than enough for a game room.
The Momentum 558M1RY also features Ambiglow backlighting, which allows the LEDs on the back along the chassis to dynamically color the wall behind the display to match the colors displayed on the edges of the screen. Or to adjust to the dominant hue in the picture, providing the most powerful effect of immersion in the action.
The main shortcomings of the Momentum 558M1RY include mediocre viewing angles, HDMI 2.0 ports, which are not good for both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and a rather high price because of which the display has some pretty serious TV competitors on the market. But it's not unimportant to know how minimum graphics settings help you in games.
Otherwise, the Momentum 558M1RY is a flagship display with its own high-quality speakers, proprietary Ambiglow backlighting, and stunning 4K picture quality on a 55-inch canvas, full HDR 1000, and a very responsive gaming matrix.