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Philips 42PFL6007T review

An affordable 42-inch TV that still cares about quality

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Overall, ease of use is not a strong area for the Philips 42PFL6007T, chiefly because of the way Philips has opted to put so many elements of its picture processing engine at your disposal.

The reasoning behind this level of flexibility is sound, of course. But it does make for some intimidating on-screen menus, packed with features and adjustments that you really do need to familiarise yourself with if you want to constantly get the best out of the TV's picture quality.

It doesn't help that the menus are slightly sluggish to respond to your remote control commands, and follow a rather cumbersome, text-heavy structure.

Philips 42PFL6007T review

We also have a problem with the on-screen interface for the smart TV service. Because despite being engagingly graphics-rich, it tends to waste rather a lot of the available screen real estate, and so doesn't present many link points on the screen at once.

This isn't too serious an issue right now, given Philips' limited content levels. But the interface will surely start to feel cumbersome as content levels (hopefully) increase.

Philips 42PFL6007T review

The one saving grace in the Philips 42PFL6007T's operating system is its remote control, which does a surprisingly efficient and straightforward job of helping you get to all the features on offer.

Please note, though, that the Philips 42PFL6007T does not feature the full QWERTY keyboard on its rear (to help you input text into the web browser and social media apps) that you get with televisions higher up Philips' range.

Sound

First, the bad news. The Philips 42PFL6007T doesn't have either the power or audio range delivered by sets higher up Philips' current range.

Its bass levels, in particular, fall short of those you can get from the likes of the PFL6907 and, especially, PFL7007T, PFL8007T and PFL9707T models.

Philips 42PFL6007T review

However, these other TVs cost more (substantially more, in some cases) and produce some of the very best TV audio we've heard.

Considered more fairly against other sets at its own kind of price level, the Philips 42PFL6007T's audio is actually rather good, sounding well rounded, clean and reasonably detailed.

Value

Philips 42PFL6007T review

When you've got the likes of Samsung and LG combining more advanced online services with mostly impressive picture quality for the same sort of money as the Philips 42PFL6007T, you might think the Philips model could struggle to justify its price.

However, the Philips 42PFL6007T's unique Ambilight system together with its quite specific but winning combination of picture strengths mean that it has enough individual attractions to comfortably justify its price.

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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Enjoy 3D and Smart TV with Ambilight

Experience a world of content with a Philips 42PFL6007 3D Smart LED TV. Enjoy powerful Full HD LED pictures and the endless possibilities of Smart TV Premium with immersive Ambilight. Be part of the action with the most comfortable 3D!

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