Philips 42PFL7666H review

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

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Philips 42pfl7666

Although it's great to see a Freeview HD tuner inside Philips' 2011 TVs, the eight-day electronic programme guide alongside it is sparse indeed. A mono grid showing now/next information for eight channels at once is impressively simple - we'll give it that - but also incredibly basic. Worse, there's no shortcut to it on the remote control, although if you do attach a USB stick, pausing live TV is just a case of pressing one button.

Remote control

The Philips 42PFL7666's nicely rounded remote is as impressive as any we've seen. Comfy to hold and with a high-end feel despite the use of plastic, it's accompanied by Philips' MyRemote app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets that mirrors the hard-button remote as well as introducing an element of swipe and gesture driven controls.

It should come into its own for inputting text, which is really only needed when using the Net TV's built-in web browser. It's slow and difficult to navigate using the hard button remote, with URL entry long-winded and off-putting, and that situation doesn't change much by using MyRemote.

In our test we managed to input text using a pop-up virtual keyboard within the app, but the web address that appeared on the TV screen bore no relation to what we had entered. On a few other occasions it failed to register any text at all - there's a syncing issue between the app and the TV since MyRemote often seems to be a few steps ahead of the TV.

What it does do, however, is stream photos in a smartphone directly to the TV screen. Who needs Apple TV?


Back on the 'proper' remote we managed to indulge in some more manual DLNA networking, with our test files successfully streaming from both a networked Mac and playing from a USB flash drive in AVI, MKV and AVC HD flavours.

This Philips TV is all about its processing. With so much to think about in Pixel Precise HD, such as HD Natural Motion (which can be set to either on or off), Clear LCD (ditto), Super Resolution and various settings for dynamic contrast, backlight and MPEG reduction, there are too many variables to easily create the perfect picture on first use.

However, there is an automatic calibration wizard very obviously flagged up in the Philips 42PFL7666's home screen's Settings area, which takes the viewer through a series of images, noting preferences and adjusting settings accordingly. As a rule of thumb, keep Pixel Precise HD's technologies on their lowest setting to begin with, where the picture is at its most natural, and experiment as you go.

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