Philips Momentum 279M1RV Review: Packed With Features and Class-Leading Performance

The Philips Momentum 279M1RV is a 27-inch 4K IPS monitor with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600, wide color gamut and Ambiglow bias lighting.

Philips 279M1RV
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The 279M1RV’s color tests were impressive from the get-go. I quickly discovered that Philips had paid attention to image accuracy and fidelity with numbers that I could not improve upon with calibration.

Grayscale and Gamma Tracking

Our grayscale and gamma tests use Calman calibration software from Portrait Displays. We describe our grayscale and gamma tests in detail here.

Credit: Portrait Displays Calman

There are no visible errors in the 279M1RV’s default grayscale run, and in fact, only 100% brightness measures over 1dE. That’s pro-level accuracy that many monitors can’t achieve with calibration. Though RGB sliders and gamma presets are included, they won’t make any improvement, either measured or visual. Gamma tracks a tad light with a slight dip at 90%. This is a tiny error that won’t be visible in typical video or gaming content.

If you select sRGB in the Color Temp menu, the 279M1RV renders that gamut and maintains the correct 6500K color temp and 2.2 gamma. Again, that gamma is a shade light but close enough to not create a visible issue. This is excellent performance, worthy of a professional display.


0.69dE is the 279M1RV’s default grayscale test result. It truly doesn’t get better than that. The Dell is impressive too, but one cannot ignore the level of accuracy here. Compared to the bottom three, that’s significant.

After calibration of all screens, the Corsair pips the Philips for first place. And all monitors have invisible grayscale errors. But who wouldn’t prefer a perfect display out of the box? The 279M1RV is that.

In the gamma test, the 279M1RV shows a very tight range of values, with just 0.09 separating the brightest and darkest factors. With that dip at 90%, the average value deviation is slightly higher at 2.72%, representing an actual value of 2.15.

Color Gamut Accuracy

Our color gamut and volume testing use Portrait Displays’ Calman software. For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, click here.

The 279M1RV’s color is equally impressive with a native gamut error of just 0.97dE. Again, many professional monitors can’t achieve this without calibration. Philips manages it right out of the box. Gamut coverage is almost full; only green and cyan come up a tad short. And visually, there is a lot of color saturation here.

The sRGB gamut measures almost perfectly as well. Red is a tad under-saturated, but few users will be able to see this error. Most players will keep the full gamut turned on for SDR content, but if you want the smaller color space, the option is in the Color Temp menu.


The 279M1RV takes first place in the gamut accuracy comparison from five other calibrated screens. This is excellent performance. Though none of the displays here have an issue, the Philips manages perfection without needing adjustment. Just set brightness to taste and you’re ready to play.

The Corsair and the BenQ over-achieve in the gamut volume test with values well over the 100% mark. The 279M1R is the best of the rest with an excellent 94.81% score. Visually, the top two screens will render a little more red, but in most content, users will be hard-pressed to see a difference. Philips has done well here. Due to the red primary performance, the sRGB coverage is a little short of 100%. This monitor is well-qualified for color-critical work like photography or video editing.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • gg83
    Do they make a 1440p version of this?
  • cknobman
    "That means it won’t quite deliver the dynamic contrast of a full-array local-dimming (FALD) model, but it will render solid HDR with deep blacks and bright highlights. "

    Stopped reading right there.
    I call bs as no IPS with edge lit dimming is actually capable of delivering a real HDR experience.

    Then looked at price and laughed even harder. $750!!!
    Phillips be smokin crack, LMAO
  • Sergei Tachenov
    cknobman said:
    "That means it won’t quite deliver the dynamic contrast of a full-array local-dimming (FALD) model, but it will render solid HDR with deep blacks and bright highlights. "

    Stopped reading right there.
    I call bs as no IPS with edge lit dimming is actually capable of delivering a real HDR experience.
    Absolutely. You need all three things to deliver any HDR experience: brightness, contrast and color gamut. And the contrast is what, 1000:1? Laughable. That's not "deep blacks." It's just a very bright SDR monitor with wide color gamut, nothing special. In fact, it's just the Philips version of the 27GP950, sharing the same panel.

    On an unrelated note, I wonder whether the KVM switch is as broken as in the 329M1RV. I'm 99% sure it is. Because they call it a KVM switch except... there is no freaking switch! There are exactly two ways to switch between the connected devices. The first, use the "auto-switch" feature: turn one PC off, the monitor will automatically switch to the other. The second, dig all the way through the OSD to find the carefully hidden switch functionality. And nope, you can't set it up to some shortcut, like moving the joystick into a certain direction.

    This is the reason why I chose the M32U over the 329M1RV. Here, the switch comes with a lot of flaws, but at least it's there, and it actually works.

    Philips has a very unique talent of making a horrible mess of UX. I had a Philips TV where plugging earphones in didn't mute the speakers. Instead, you had to mute them manually and then, to adjust the phones' volume, you had to dig through the menu to find it because the volume buttons on the remote control only controlled speakers regardless of whether earphones are connected.