Philips 42PFL7666H review

Edge LED TV with Wi-Fi makes the case for Passive 3D

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Philips 42pfl7666

Despite seeing the arrival - at last - of a Freeview HD tuner on a Philips TV, the 42PFL7666 also witnesses the debut of Easy 3D, the brand's stab at the cheaper, easier-on-the-eye format beloved of 3D cinema goers.

Let's pass over 3D for a minute and instead consider the Philips 42PFL7666's burgeoning online dimension, which is powered by Wi-Fi. Accessed from the set's fairly rudimentary user interface is Net TV, a screen studded with apps and an open internet browser.

Apps include BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook, TuneIn Radio, Aupeo (another radio app), Picasa, Twitter, Acetrax and Box Office 365, among others. There's none of the polished approach of Sony or Samsung, and nor is there access to LOVFiLM or Demand Five, but it's a relatively fair choice nonetheless.

If you already have a backlog of digitised video, music and photos to get through, the Philips 42PFL7666's DLNA home networking will be just as attractive as Net TV. It's marketed as tying together all kinds of network devices including a PC or Mac, and even tablets and smartphones.

Philips 42pfl7666

It's all true, although it boils down to something rather less ambitious; straightforward networking of video, music and photo files, while the Philips 42PFL7666's user interface can be navigated using apps on an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet.

The Philips 42PFL7666 can also record live TV to a USB stick, although the residual feature that enables you to pause and rewind TV will doubtless prove to be just as useful.

Ins and outs are fairly standard, including four HDMI inputs, a wired Ethernet LAN option and a Common Interface slot. There's also an optical digital audio output for attaching the Philips 42PFL7666 to a home cinema system, although its powerful 28W makes that less essential compared to almost all other flatscreen TVs.

While it would be wrong to call passive 3D a lower quality 3D system (we've seen some storming 3D performances from passive sets such as LG's 55LW980T), we remain surprised that Phillips has chosen it for some of its LED TVs.

3D, of course, is all about immersion, and the inclusion of Ambilight, here its Spectra 2 format (on the left and right sides of the TV only), certainly won't hurt in that regard, although it's really designed to prevent you getting tired eyes.

However, it's active shutter glasses that tend to make 3D a fatiguing experience, and we expect no problems with the two pairs of passive glasses in the Philips 42PFL7666's box. Each pair of 3D glasses comes in a small drawstring black felt bag, which weigh about the same as the flimsy glasses themselves.

Away from 3D is the powerful Pixel Precise HD processing engine. As well as offering - wait for it - four trillion colours, Pixel Precise HD also promises 500,000:1 contrast ratio, Super Resolution (an upscaling tech), HD Natural Motion and a 400Hz mode that Phillips calls Perfect Motion Rate. The latter two are designed to keep images free from blur and judder, and so retain their Full HD detail.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC, RoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption59 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power28 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand660 mm
Width with Stand992 mm
Depth with Stand254 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year86 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height586 mm
Width992 mm
Depth37.8 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Sound Leveler, Web Browser, Teletext, Auto-off
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL7666H
Product Name7000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL7666H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Be part of the action! with Ambilight and 3D TV

Experience cinema at home with a Philips 7000 series 107 cm/42" 42PFL7666 3D TV. It combines powerful LED pictures and the immersion of Ambilight to deliver an immersive 3D movie experience. Be assured you will always be part of the action.

Power SwitchYes
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)13 kg