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Philips 42PFL6007T review

An affordable 42-inch TV that still cares about quality

The current Philips renaissance as a TV brand has been built on three key principals: sleek designs, more aggressive pricing than it's managed before and some mostly sterling picture quality. Happily, for the most part the Philips 42PFL6007T continues this picture quality theme.

This is especially true with 3D. Despite its initial resistance to the passive format, Philips now seems to have fully embraced it, with the clarity, brightness, colour punch, natural sense of depth and complete freedom from active 3D's common tiring flickering issues ensuring that the Philips 42PFL6007T is as good a 3D performer as any passive 3D TV we've seen.

What's more, the fact that the Philips 42PFL6007T isn't especially large by current TV standards means you're generally not troubled - from a sensible viewing distance, at least - by traditional passive 3D problems of visible horizontal line structure and jaggedness over small, bright objects or curved edges.

Philips 42PFL6007T review

We were also struck while watching the Philips 42PFL6007T strut its 3D stuff by the amount of shadow detail the screen was able to show in dark areas of the picture, and by the reasonably clean look to its 3D motion handling - especially if you use the surprisingly effective Natural Motion processing option on its Low setting.

One final plus point to make here is that even with the Philips 42PFL6007T's panel working unusually hard (to keep its 3D images looking bright) we didn't find ourselves noticing any overt patches of backlight inconsistency during dark scenes. This is a big relief when you're talking about a reasonably large screen with an extremely skinny frame.

The only issue with the Philips 42PFL6007T's 3D images is a predictable one: you don't get the nth degree of HD detailing you get with high quality active 3D screens. But honestly, the Philips 42PFL6007T is so good with 3D in every other way that the slightly lower resolution is a sacrifice we're confident many households will be more than happy to make.

2D TV picture

Philips 42PFL6007T review

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The strengths that make the Philips 42PFL6007T such a winner with 3D also serve it very well with 2D. The intense brightness the screen produces is even more palpable, and without the 3D glasses on you also become more keenly aware that this brightness doesn't come at the expense of a strong black level response.

Yes, there's a touch more greyness infused into parts of the picture that should look black than there is with Philips' higher-end TVs.

But compared with the black level performances of all its main brand rivals at the same sort of price level, the Philips 42PFL6007T holds up very nicely. Especially since it doesn't need to take so much light out of pictures to deliver a good black level that bright elements within predominantly dark scenes end up looking dull.

Colours are subtly rendered and mostly natural in tone too, even though the TV doesn't deliver quite as much vibrancy or as wide a colour range as higher spec Philips televisions.

HD TV pictures

Philips 42PFL6007T review

As usual with Philips TVs, the 42PFL6007T produces exceptional sharpness when watching HD sources. In fact, some of the TV's processing elements can take the sharpness a bit too far, so that images start to look 'fizzy' and unnatural.

Rein the processing excesses in, though, and an innate talent at producing every pixel in HD sources joins with some credible/clean motion handling in producing HD images that sparkle with clarity.

Philips' processing prowess also helps the Philips 42PFL6007T produce unusually detailed and crisp standard definition pictures.

Philips 42PFL6007T review

Just be careful, again, with the set's assorted noise reduction and sharpness-boosting tools, to ensure that the Philips 42PFL6007T's upscaling doesn't get so aggressive that edges start to look forced and detail levels tip over into grittiness.

There are a couple of areas where the Philips 42PFL6007T's mid-range rather than high-end position does become slightly apparent. First, occasionally the set gets too enthusiastic with its push for contrast, leaving images looking a bit too stark - with slightly bleached whites and forced blacks.

Second, the motion processing system you get with Pixel Precise HD is not as clever or artefact-free as the one you get with Philips' more powerful Perfect Pixel HD engine. But this is no more than you would expect, and you can still get good results from it for a set at the Philips 42PFL6007T's price, so long as you handle its set-up options with care.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate60 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel, EU Flower
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.15 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption54 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand627.28 mm
Width with Stand958 mm
Depth with Stand234 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year75 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height584.8 mm
Width958 mm
Depth29.4 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series6000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Sound Leveler, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL6007T
Product Name6000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL6007T/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 6000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
  • Power cord
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Tabletop swivel stand
  • Quick start guide
  • Legal and safety brochure
  • SCART Adapter
  • Component cable adapter
  • Smart TV Quick Guide
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • 4 x Passive 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.90 kg