Philips 40PFL8605H review

  • £1500

Philips' first 3D TV arrives on our test bench, but can it impress in all three dimensions?

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For

  • Excellent 2D picture quality
  • Elegant design
  • Lots of connections and features
  • Superb remote control
  • Good sound

Against

  • Crosstalk issues ruin 3D
  • It's expensive
  • The reflective screen is prone to double imaging when viewed off-axis

It's been months now since Panasonic, LG and Samsung first launched TVs compatible with the new full HD 3D format.

So it seems rather odd, initially, that Philips, a brand so often associated with the cutting edge of TV technology, should only now be joining the 3D revolution with the 40-inch 40PFL8605.

Philips claims its prolonged 3D abstinence was due to its reluctance to launch a premature 3D product, the implication being that perhaps some of the quicker 3D brands may have rushed things a bit.

Whether this turns out to be true or just marketing spin, of course, will depend entirely on how the 40PFL8605H performs with the Sky 3D broadcasts, 3D Blu-rays and 3D games we're about to throw at it.

The 40PFL8605H has actually been out for quite a while, but crucially only in 2D form.

The necessary 3D bits have been added via the just-released PTA02 3D upgrade kit, which contains a transmitter that connects to the TV, two pairs of active shutter glasses with enough bridges to fit a variety of nose sizes.

This kit will cost you £250, which is not an unreasonable sum when you bear in mind that most brands charge £100 or so just for a pair of active shutter glasses. It does, however, bump an already high price up to £1,750.

The only TVs in Philips' new range that have 3D built in as standard are the upcoming Cinema 21:9 Platinum models; the 8000 and standard 9000 series models all need the external kit.

Philips' lower level 7000 and 5000 TV series aren't 3D capable, though intriguingly they all use LED rather than direct CCFL backlighting technology.

The 5000 series use direct LED lighting with no local dimming; the 7000 series uses edge LED, as does the 8000 series we're looking at here, while the top-level 9000 series use direct LED with local dimming.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 300
Operating Power Consumption116 W
Standby Power Consumption140 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand965 mm
Depth with Stand248 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height600 mm
Width956 mm
Depth50 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Child Lock, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL8605H
Product Name40PFL8605H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL8605H/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Add a new dimension to your viewing experience with Ambilight Spectra 2. This patented Philips technology enlarges the screen by projecting a glow of light, on the 2 sides of the TV, from the back of the screen onto the surrounding wall. Ambilight automatically adjusts the colour and brightness of the light to match the picture, creating an immersive viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • 40PFL8605H LED-LCD TV
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Net TV Brochure
Response Time1 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20 kg