Philips 46PFL7007 review

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One glance of the remote control suggests that Philips has a new outlook on interactivity; it's a double-sided affair with the 'normal' side complemented by a keyboard on the reverse.

It's a surprisingly snug design, and though it's one that never caught on for mobile phones, it might just work for TVs.

Sony has performed a similar trick this year on the remote for its Google TV box, and the reason for its appearance on the Philips 46PFL7007 is to make easier to use its web browser.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

Find a link on a BBC website to something stored on the iPlayer, and one click will launch both that app and the programme you chose. However, the browser won't enable you to watch video on most websites - it doesn't support Flash - so its usefulness is limited.

Despite having admired many a Philips TV in the past, their lack of a compelling smart TV platform has been a major reason not to buy. But no longer.

Apps for both BBC iPlayer and YouTube are on the Philips 46PFL7007, and so too is Skype, which requires the purchase of a PTA317/00 Skype TV camera from Philips.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

A Social app sensibly makes it possible to read and post messages to both Facebook and Twitter while watching live TV.

Picasa, iConcerts (a guilty pleasure if you like watching random live concerts from largely 'archive' artists), Aupeo and, err, TomTomHD are there too.

The BBC Sport and BBC News apps are missing, and some will bemoan the lack of movie streaming apps, but anyone who's actually browsed the online movie libraries of the likes of Lovefilm, Acetrax or Netflix will know that there's a whiff of emperor's new clothes about them anyway.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

Besides, Philips informs us that both Blinkbox and YouTube's movie rental service will soon be available, the latter of which could render all others pointless.

Meanwhile, you'll find no emperor's clothes within adult apps from Hustler and PRIVA (both can be put behind a PIN number), while other apps include Funspot, Euronews, eBay, Napster, CNBC Real Time, Absolute Radio, Aupeo, Viewster, Films and Stars, Ted Talks, MeteoConsult and MyAlbum.

We shouldn't get too down on the Philips 46PFL7007's apps, since Philips promises that an upcoming update to its MyRemote app (which is available on iOS and Android devices) will get a new feature (initially only for iPhones and iPads) called Wi-Fi Smart Screen.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

This will make it possible to pull live TV showing on the Philips 46PFL7007 to phones and tablets on the same Wi-Fi network.

Elsewhere, the Philips 46PFL7007 doesn't have the top spec, but its advanced Pixel Precise HD suite of processing circuitry isn't bad value for money.

800Hz Perfect Natural Motion is onboard to lessen blur and resolution loss in fast-moving television, such as football.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

It proves a key technology, especially for 3D, where what Philips calls 3D Max Clarity 700 (the 700 refers to visible lines of resolution in a moving image) reigns supreme.

That's code for active shutter 3D, for which the Philips 46PFL7007 can offer a depth adjuster and a 2D to 3D converter for any source.

Connectivity is nothing short of utterly comprehensive. There is no other brand that offers five HDMI inputs, which takes the high-definition source count up to six if you include component video, which is also here.

Philips 46PFL7007 review

Three USB inputs add even more versatility, including a pause/rewind/record live TV feature (simply hook up an HDD and go through a short formatting process) and that optional Skype camera.

Also on the rear (left side) is an optical digital audio output, RF-in to power the built-in Freeview HD tuner, a VGA hook up for a PC or laptop, a headphones jack, and a Common Interface+ slot.

As well as adding convenience to those smart TV apps, the inclusion of wired LAN and Wi-Fi enable home networking of various digital music, video and photo files.

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 Ports5
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power40 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand665 mm
Width with Stand1042 mm
Depth with Stand206 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height599 mm
Width1042 mm
Depth29 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSound Leveler, Web Browser, Ambient Lighting, Teletext
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL7007H
Product Name7000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL7007H/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 7000 Series Smart LED TV with Ambilight Spectra 2 and Pixel Precise HD
  • Remote Control
  • 1 x 3D Glasses
  • Power Cord
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14 kg