Philips 40PFL7605 review

Edge LED with added Ambilight & Net TV, but where's Freeview HD?

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Good-looking on all fronts, the 40PFL7605 is a clever TV of real quality, but can you overlook its lack of a Freeview HD tuner? If forgiveness is in your heart – or you're fairly sure there's nothing to watch on BBC HD or ITV 1 HD, anyway – there's a lot to like about the 40PFL7605.

We liked

The remote control is a work of art. Light, comfortable, all-encompassing and easy to operate, it's also built to a high specification – excellent work, and not before time. It helps that the user interface is well laid-out and logical, too.

File playback from USB – especially for video files – is almost total, while having an open Internet browser is, in theory, a nice idea.

We disliked

A Freeview HD tuner isn't the only omission. The user interface could be a touch higher-res, the remote needs a tiny tweak or two to its brave design, and the sluggish Net TV arguably interrupts the 40PFL7605's otherwise easy going and likeable character.

Net TV needs more content, and its interface an injection of speed. And, seriously, who wants to plug their TV into a router? Wi-Fi or nothing, please.

Final verdict

With the flat panel TV market already over its predicted peak in Europe, we expect to see more and more 'premium' sets like the 40PFL7605. Philips, an all-European company that's for long sought to establish its brand of luxurious and top quality LCD TVs has here produced a feature-packed package with a look all of its own – and at a mid-range price.

NetTV needs more content and Ambilight is purely a matter of taste, but neither is integral to the 40PFL7605, which at its core is all about picture performance. The lack of Freeview HD might put you off, but as edge LED TVs go, you won't find a much slimmer, more attractive or capable set than the 40PFL7605.

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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 Family7000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption84 W
Standby Power Consumption140 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand641 mm
Width with Stand966 mm
Depth with Stand242 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height593 mm
Width966 mm
Depth42 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL7605H
Product Name40PFL7605H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL7605H/05
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Like a painting on your wall, experience the latest in ultra thin TVs from Philips. Combining powerful LED picture performance and the immersion of Ambilight, be assured you are always part of the action.

Package Contents
  • 40PFL7605H LED-LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Registration Card
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Safety/Legal Instructions
  • Software Declaration
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)13 kg