Philips 40PFL9705 review

A bit small for 3D, but nothing touches this TV for image quality

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Philips 40pfl9705

The battle between edge and full LED arrays is not yet settled, but the 40PFL9705's performance suggests that the former is for those after a slim TV with decent contrast, whereas the latter is for anyone after a TV with exceptional all-round skills – and the 40PFL9705 is certainly that.

We liked

Rich in contrast and colour, this set's 2D pictures – with hardly a trace of motion blur – are among the finest around. A user-friendly interface, peerless remote control, adaptable Ambilight features and luscious build quality make for a TV that exudes class.

We disliked

Perfect Pixel HD is a wide and powerful suite of enhancements, but it is rather hidden from view and it would be no surprise if many customers never experiment with it. That's a shame, because they'll miss out on the 40PFL9705's top-draw 2D pics.

For now, 3D on the 40PFL9705 rates as merely average, but it's a slightly less uncomfortable experience than on other 3D LCD TVs. It's also probably 10 or so inches too small to provide fully immersive 3D action. The lack of Freeview HD is also a massive ommission.

Final verdict

With flatscreen TVs now such a common commodity it's becoming almost impossible to find something unique. Almost, but not quite; Philips has long been a brand you might expect to find selling TVs for peanuts in the high street – and that hasn't changed – but it's also the only mainstream brand whose high-end TVs have retained both their high price and delectable mix of style and brilliance.

The highly capable 40PFL9705's combination of fine 2D with half-decent 3D, brilliant build quality, Ambilight and some of the best speakers around – together with a thoroughly high-end feel – carry on that tradition.


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 Family9000
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 300
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand632 mm
Width with Stand955 mm
Depth with Stand240 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)
Height596 mm
Width955 mm
Depth69 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL9705H
Product Name40PFL9705H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL9705H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 40PFL9705H LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time500 µs
Weight (Approximate)20 kg