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Philips 42PFL6007T review

An affordable 42-inch TV that still cares about quality

The mid-price 42-inch TV market is especially crowded right now. But the Philips 42PFL6007T has enough tricks up its sleeve to make its presence felt.

Its design gets the ball rolling nicely, thanks to its exceptional slimness and minimalist design. It's extremely well connected too, making it as comfortable with multimedia sources of all types as it is with HD and standard definition video.

The best thing about the Philips 42PFL6007T, though, is how well it performs. It's particularly outstanding with 3D, delivering some of the most watchable, immersive 3D pictures we've seen to date.

But 2D, too, competes very handily with the efforts of similarly priced TVs from Philips' main rivals, while pictures of all flavours are joined by a nicely tuned and reasonably powerful audio performance.

We liked

After grabbing our attention with its uber-svelte, Ambilight-enhanced design, the Philips 42PFL6007T continues to reel us in with its impressively wide-ranging multimedia playback tools and strong AV performance standards - especially in 3D mode. Its all-round talents make it look like solid value, too.

We disliked

While it's mostly good to find Philips giving you control over most aspects of its comprehensive processing engine, this approach also means that getting the best out of the Philips 42PFL6007T is a tricky business, requiring extensive knowledge of the TV's rather sluggish on-screen menus. Philips' online services are a bit off the pace by today's standards, too.

Final verdict

The Philips 42PFL6007T is in some ways the most significant TV we've tested from Philips' current range.

With its extremely flexible multimedia playback skills, sumptuously slender design and best of all its strong picture and audio credentials, it proves that Philips isn't just a 'high-end' brand these days; it's also able to perform at the mid-range in a way that competes with the other, bigger brands out there.

In short, the Philips TV renaissance continues.

Also consider

The closest TVs to the Philips 42PFL6007T in spirit are LG's 42LM670T and Panasonic's L42ET5 - sets that both adopt the passive 3D system and deliver well-rounded picture and sound performances.

The Philips outguns the LG and Panasonic sets in the contrast department, and Ambilight gives it a design edge too. However, both the LG and Panasonic sets are much easier to use, and have more content-rich online services.

Samsung's UE40ES6800 is another alternative for people who prefer the Full HD active 3D system. This set also delivers a superb online service, and some great (post-calibration) picture quality - though it doesn't give you as many free pairs of 3D glasses, and extra pairs soon start to push its price up. It doesn't sound as rich as the Philips' audio system, either.

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