Philips 42PFL7666H review

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

TODO alt text

Philips 42pfl7666

Just 37.8 mm in depth and clad in brushed aluminium brilliance, the light show emanating from this 42-inch TV's sides makes the Philips 42PFL7666 appear a high-end choice indeed. Whether that impression lasts when the TV is switched on depends on what you're after, but we'd judge this a thoroughly advanced hi def and competent 3D performer that's ideal for a living room where a gloss black mass-market TV just won't do.

We liked

As an idea we find Ambilight almost irresistible, though it's the Philips 42PFL7666's competent combination of colourful, punchy and highly detailed Full HD and Easy 3D that are likely to appeal to most.

The build quality is stunning, as are the integrated speakers, and it's also great to see a Freeview HD tuner, the BBC iPlayer, an effective home networking dimension, a well thought-out remote control, and Apple TV-like streaming of photos from smartphones and tablets.

We disliked

Freeview HD is spoiled by a grid-like, mono channel grid and drab EPG that are indicative of the Philips 42PFL7666's rather staid user interface. Net TV isn't a patch on the competitors' online hubs, and as well as some horizontal judder the other major picture foible is a lack of ultimate contrast and a loss of detail and edge definition during 3D playback that's obvious immediately through an often visible pixel grid.

Final verdict

Ideal for a living room after both something a little bit special and the low maintenance passive 3D system, this sculpted aluminium effort is as good value as it is good looking.

Equipped with Ambilight and other goodies including Freeview HD and a 'passive' Easy 3D mode that justifies its introduction by Philips, this Edge LED effort is a competent performer across-the-board whose lack of star quality pictures are explained in its low price.

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