Philips 42PFL6805H Econova review

Gorgeous, genuinely green and surprisingly effective LED TV

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  • Eco credentials
  • Looks lovely
  • Genuinely ingenious design
  • Good all-round performance
  • Brilliant remote control


  • Not cheap for a 42-inch TV
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Limited multimedia tools
  • Pictures can be a bit noisy or processed

While most people try to do their bit, however small, to prolong the life of this tired planet, the jury remains out on whether green credentials ever help sell televisions.

This hasn't stopped Philips producing what is easily the most ecologically sound TV to date in the attractive shape of the 42PFL6805H.

Anything branded 'Econova' better have some seriously Earth-friendly spec under its belt and, happily, there's so much going on in this respect it's hard to know where to start. To whet your appetite, the body is made from recycled aluminium, an edge LED engine enables the set to run on just 40W of power and the remote control is solar powered.

This 42-inch screen is very much a one-off in Philips' current lineup and is only available in this size, which suggests that it's a bit of an experiment designed to test how concerned the TV buying public is with matters environmental. In fact, Philips wasn't even certain about releasing the TV in the UK at all until it generated huge amounts of interest from the press.

Taking all of this into account, the concern has to be that Philips' quest for green credibility has severely compromised the set's performance compared to a consistently excellent conventional lineup that includes the 3D capable PFL8605 models and the outstanding, direct LED, 3D-capable PFL9705 flagship sets.

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