Philips 26PFL3404D review

  • £375

This 26" LCD TV excels with HD video and is no slouch with SD either

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For

  • Good colours
  • Solid HD pictures
  • Decent SD

Against

  • Average black levels
  • Slight whine from back of review sample

Philips' philosophy of creating value through quality holds true with the capable 26PFL3404D 26-inch LCD TV.

This set is neither the cheapest nor the most feature packed, but these considerations are offset by a performance that comfortably outshines the Toshiba 26AV615D and Samsung UE26C4000PW LCD screens.

Like its four main rivals, it is HD Ready and carries just two HDMIs, but images are put through the Digital Crystal Clear treatment and there is a USB port for multimedia playback.

It's easy to use, with menus presented in a simplified version of Philips' attractive, 'spooky' graphics which has glowing bluey-white text and images sitting on translucent black filters, controlled with ease by a scaled-down version of the sort of excellent remote controls that accompany the brand's larger sets.

Performance

The picture is one of the most stable compared to it's main rivals, with all sources presented cleanly, with lots of detail, solid edge discipline and very little motion blur.

Standard-def stuff is neatly scaled, but feed it some HD and the pictures really come to life, with an impressively natural palette and convincing sense of depth, although black levels, while decent in the context of its peers, are generally rather average.

Our sample hit one slight bum note by producing a distracting, electric whine from the rear of its cabinet when switched on, but this wasn't sufficiently pronounced to be distracting.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family3000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size66 cm (26")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)8.40 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption67 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand520 mm
Width with Stand671.80 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height458.7 mm
Width671.8 mm
Depth77 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series3000
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesAuto Program, Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Channel Labeling, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model26PFL3404D
Product Name26PFL3404D 26" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number26PFL3404D/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience great picture and sound quality with this HD 1366 x 768p display. So easy to enjoy, with high quality standard, you can be sure that you make the right choice with this Philips Flat TV.

Package Contents
  • 26PFL3404D LCD TV
  • Tabletop Stand
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Software Declaration
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)6.90 kg