Philips 42PFL6805H Econova review

Gorgeous, genuinely green and surprisingly effective LED TV

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Regardless of how strong or otherwise your green leanings might be, it's impossible not to be hugely impressed by just how far Philips has gone to make the Econova an eco-friendly TV (rather than just a handy marketing slogan). No aspect of the set's construction, performance or even packaging has been left untouched in the quest for environmental responsiblity.

With this in mind, it would have been all too easy for design and performance standards to slip, but the Econova is one of the prettiest TVs you'll see and delivers very credible pictures with its eco-friendly gears engaged, and truly outstanding ones when let off the leash.

We liked:

So comprehensive are the Econova's eco credentials that it's hard not to feel both enthused by the set's ethos and impressed by the sheer weight of innovation it delivers. It doesn't do the set any harm, of course, that it also looks lovely, produces good picture and sound quality and has a solid feature count. Its remote control is a masterpiece, too.

We disliked:

Not having any Freeview HD tuner is incredibly short-sighted at this price and the lack of multimedia flexibility versus many other sets these days – including Philips' own – is a shame.

The Econova's price makes it the exclusive domain of the comfortably well-off too and its pictures sometimes look a little noisy, a little soft and/or a little processed depending on how you've configured its complex picture settings.


A worry with the Econova might have been that it was a more interesting experiment than a genuinely appealing TV, but it is far prettier and a much better performer than expected.

As such, given the extreme lengths Philips has gone to in making it a truly green product, the Econova deserves to become both the main TV in numerous well-to-do UK households, and a true poster boy for the eco revolution.

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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