Philips 40PFL8605H review

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

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Even without the high expectations, Philips' 40PFL8605H is a bit of a disappointment. The amount of crosstalk interference its 3D images suffer is evident and distracting, especially until the TV has properly warmed up. And so once again we're left turning to Panasonic's 3D plasma TVs - for all their reduced brightness.

The good news is that if you're not interested in 3D, the 40PFL8605H is an excellent 2D performer, with terrific contrast, colours and sharpness. It's a little complicated to get the best out of the TV, and the glassy screen Philips has put across the fascia causes a couple of minor issues. But if you can afford it, the 40PFL8605H is arguably the best 2D edge LED TV we've seen to date.

We liked:

The 40PFL8605H is a very pretty TV indeed, with its slim profile and glossy presentation. It's also superbly well connected, catering for an exemplary amount of potential multimedia needs as well as the more prosaic video stuff.

Ambilight is always useful, the sheer picture processing power at your disposal is amazing and the lengths to which Philips has gone to make the fine-tuning options accessible is admirable.

The 40PFL8605H's contrast and black level performance is exceptional by edge LED standards, too. In fact, its whole 2D performance, with HD and standard def, is frequently a joy to behold.

The set even manages to sound respectable, which is really rare for such a self-consciously slender TV.

We disliked:

The £1,500 price tag is intimidating for a 40in TV, especially one that doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner.

The slight reflectivity and double imaging caused by the glass screen plate is marginally annoying too, but really in performance terms the only thing that really troubles us is the crosstalk noise with 3D.


The 40PFL8605Hs is another 3D TV that's proving difficult to reach a satisfying conclusion about. The thing is, in its standard state it's only a 2D TV, and as such it's largely beyond reproach aside from, inevitably, having to say it's a bit expensive.

Add its 3D features - for an extra £250 - though, and its appeal diminishes considerably thanks to its inability to deal satisfyingly with crosstalk noise.

If you're not in the least bothered by 3D, then the crosstalk issue will be of zero significance to you and you can just happily buy a 40PFL8605H safe in the knowledge that you've potentially bought the current state of the picture quality art where edge LED is concerned. But if you hold even the slightest thought of 'going 3D' at some point, then the 40PFL8605H's shortcomings in that area just can't be ignored.

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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 Family8000
3D Type3D Ready
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)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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand965 mm
Depth with Stand248 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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 Address
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
Weight (Approximate)20 kg