Philips 42PFL6805H Econova review

Gorgeous, genuinely green and surprisingly effective LED TV

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Philips 42pfl6805h econova

The Econova's sound is surprisingly decent, given the focus on a recycled, one-piece chassis design. There's enough power to produce satisfying volume levels without distortion and enough dynamic range to stop vocals and mid-range sounds feeling cramped or overwhelmed.

There's not nearly as much bass or treble naturalism as you get with the terrific speaker system built into Philips' 9000 series models. But compared with flatscreens in general, the Econova sounds better than most.


This is arguably the Econova's weak point. After all, for around the same money you can get Samsung's P50C6900 50in 3D-capable plasma TV – with Freeview HD tuner and all sorts of multimedia tools. Or Panasonic's excellent 46-inch P46G20, with more screen size and twin Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners. The 42-inch P42G20, meanwhile, routinely costs under £700.

Of course, though, it's entirely excusable for the set to cost a premium, given how many genuinely unique factors go into its construction. Also, if you use its eco features as much as possible, the 42PFL6805H will claw a little of its price hike back in reduced running costs over its lifetime.

But the bottom line is that the Econova remains a fascinating test case of whether green-minded punters are genuinely willing to put their money where their mouth is.

Ease of use

As with all Philips TVs, the Econova is more complicated to use than many on account of you having to revisit its setting menus regularly if you want to make sure pictures always look their best with different sources and types of video content.

There's a slight extra layer of complication with the Econova, given the potential conflict of interest between the eco settings and optimum picture performance.

The remote control is a stroke of brilliance; quite aside from its unique solar powered nature, to put the whole prodigious roster of the Econova's features at your disposal via fewer buttons than you'd imagine possible.

Remarkably, this doesn't mean you have to learn lots of tricky double button presses or remember that different buttons do different things in different contexts: it just works, and very well at that. It suffered no issues with running out of power, either, despite being tested in a test lab that is considerably darker than the average living room.

The onscreen menus are a cut above most rivals, too, managing to handle the huge feature list surprisingly accessibly and logically. The opening menu's heavily icon-driven approach works particularly well, setting the template for future, more multimedia-savvy sets to follow.

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
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption46 W
Standby Power Consumption80 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand658 mm
Width with Stand991 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height605 mm
Width991 mm
Depth43 mm
Brightness380 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL6805H
Product Name42PFL6805H 42" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL6805H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Be captivated by a truly refined performance. An ultra thin design in high quality aluminum sets the scene for you to experience the brilliance of LED technology.

Package Contents
  • 42PFL6805H LED-LCD TV
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Legal and Safety Brochure
  • Charging Cable
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg