Philips 328M6FJMB – Excellence Can Be Expensive

The upcoming Philips 328M6FJMB has the same incredibly boring name of all Philips products. Thankfully, this superwide monitor is far more interesting than the name lets on.

144Hz Ultrawides Increasingly Common

This monitor uses a 144Hz refresh rate, marking an increased number of 144Hz ultrawide monitors entering the marketplace.  The 2560 x 1440 VA panel offers the full color reproduction and viewing angles you’d expect of a beautiful, high-end Philips product. The bottom bezel houses glossy plastic and some LEDs of various colors that adjust to match the content on your screen, which is a nice touch to help those buttons blend in.

As for the design of the monitor, the bezels are slender with a standard two-stage design. The hard plastic layer blends seamlessly with the border of the panel.  It’s somewhat regrettable that a display of this quality uses such standard looking black matte plastic, but then again, Philips seems to never stray from their deeply-professional design aesthetic.

Sharp Monitor Curvature (1800R)

The panel is most likely the work of AU Optronics, but this isn’t certain. The Philips 328M6FJMB uses a sharp 1800R curvature, meaning the intended viewing angle is essentially for one person sitting directly infront of the monitor. Wider 3000R angles that have proliferated the market are by no means bad, but they’re not as good as 1800R for single-person viewing. The long and short of it is, this screen will be closer to your eyes, and you’ll have a more engrossing viewing experience.

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FreeSync is included, although many people may feel the fact this display runs up to 144Hz makes FreeSync a little unnecessary. That’s technically not true if the rest of your computer isn’t up to par, FreeSync can help keep your display looking smooth even when you hit a bump in your processing power.

Other Technical Stuff

True 8-bit colors (16.7 million) are supported, as well as 100% NTSC or 120% sRGB color spectrum. This is a fairly extensive gamut of color reproduction even by professional standards.  The 4 ms response time is measured in grey-to-grey, which some people might find encouraging. 3000:1 static contrast ratio, which basically means you’ll get a great viewing experience with deep darks, even when you’re inside a well-lit room.

There’s a low-blue setting that can make the screen easier on your eyes, and it’s actually alarmingly well done. There’s very little visual difference between the low-blue setting toggled on or off, but it’s much easier for your eyes while on.

The stand is completely standard. (That’s a pun?) It includes regular ranges of height/tilt adjustment, as well as VESA mounting holes available on the backside. There’s one VGA port, two DP 1.2 ports, and HDMI 1.4/2.0 ports. The 5-watt speakers are nothing to write home about, but there are also definitely far worse monitor speakers out there as well.

The Takeaway

When this monitor hits the market, it’s going to cost a pretty penny, like most Philips products. But if you’re looking for something that’s truly top-shelf, you’ll have a hard time beating the Philips 328M6FJMB. If you’re looking for the best, whether it’s the best ultrawide monitor in general, or the best gaming ultrawide, you really can’t go wrong.