Philips 42PFL7404H LCD TV review

A basic but brilliant budget telly from the Netherlands' finest

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Philips 42pfl7404h

There's a simplicity and friendliness about the Philips' onscreen design that will appeal to anyone who's fed up with wading through illegible text and illogical submenus.

The operating system is based around the Home menu, which displays six shortcuts denoted by large, stylised icons. You can add any source you like to this menu, offering quick access to your most-used devices.

Select Setup and the menu is presented in a wonderfully simple way – the submenus progress from left to right across the screen, using large, 'glowing' text. It can get a little sluggish when you give it too many commands in quick succession, but all of the options are grouped exactly where you'd expect them to be and there's a lot of stuff to play around with.

Optimising the picture is child's play. The settings assistant displays a series of splitscreen images, asking which side you prefer, but the manual method is more fruitful.

Brilliant interface

All of the Precise Pixel HD modes are bunched together in one menu, so it's easy to make them all sing from the same hymn sheet.

Channel tuning is easy to find and quick, and the unusual EPG layout is slick and easy to follow. Press Options on the remote and a separate mini-menu appears, offering the most-used options and picture settings. Other features like digital text and USB playback operate quickly.

As for the remote, it's hardly the epitome of elegance bit does a solid, functional job. The silver ring of direction buttons is an eye-catching touch and the rubberised keys have a nice, clicky feel when pressed. The arrangement is fine and there are several shortcut buttons for zipping straight to often-used functions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.90 kg
RMS Output Power20 W
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness500 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL7404H
Product Name42PFL7404H 42" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL7404H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Featuring the stunning pixel precise HD and fantastic invisible sound, enjoy the pleasure of the movies in your living room. This full HD 1080p display combined with a super slim design, ensures you're always part of the action.

Package Contents
  • 42PFL7404H LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries for Remote Control
Response Time3 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17.10 kg