Philips 46PFL8008S review

A dark, brooding stainless steel design hides a home cinema sweetheart with convincing blacks

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Philips has always been firmly in the camp that believes that clever picture processing is the only way to create the best-ever picture quality, though that has sometimes meant that its TVs have been tricky to set up and have often hosted fake-looking images.

Happily, that's not the case with the Philips 46PFL8008S, which is both easy to configure and right up there among the best edge LED-backlit LCD TVs on sale.

We liked

The close-up detail, the profound black levels, skillful mixed brightness sequences, colour and fluid detail-retaining motion all impress. Ambilight is a stunning feature, while the double-sided remote and bottom-mounted built-in camera are unique.

Brilliantly though simply designed, the Philips 46PFL8008S's advanced sound system, well-judged picture presets and its dual-core processor make it a joy to listen to, to watch and to use.

We disliked

Aside from a couple of problems with its second screen apps and a user interface that frankly isn't the very best around (though certainly isn't the worst, either), the only issue we have with the Philips 46PFL8008S is some slight glare from bright white objects on jet black backgrounds. However, most TVs can't produce jet black, so we're being picky.

The lack of a Lovefilm app will put some buyers off, and it must be said that Philips Smart TV isn't the most dynamic platform around. The absence of MKV streaming is also an issue.

Final verdict

Philips' top Full HD television for 2013 - with the exception of the larger Philips 55PFL8008S, perhaps - is one of the best in the business. Detail in both moving images and close-ups is excellent, blacks are profound and its Perfect Natural Motion circuitry adds an enjoyable high frame rate-look.

Ambilight impresses once again, while the floating design is incredibly effective. Its double-sided remote makes entering text on a TV at least a possibility, while the sound quality is nothing short of stunning.

Also consider

Among the Philips 46PFL8008S's rivals at the key 46-inch size are the Sony KDL-46W905A - probably its closest challenger in terms of pure picture prowess - though it's also worth auditioning Edge LED TVs such as the Samsung UE46F8000, Samsung UE46F7000 and the Panasonic TX-L46DT65B.

If you're set on a big screen, however, it would be verging on an offence not to check out a few 50-inch plasma TVs, such as the Panasonic TX-P50VT65 and the Samsung PS51F8500, which both excel with 2D and 3D Blu-ray content.

First reviewed 28 August 2013

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel
Wireless LANYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption83 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand678 mm
Width with Stand1042 mm
Depth with Stand225 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year115 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology1400Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height616 mm
Width1042 mm
Depth32.5 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Teletext, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model46PFL8008S
Product Name46PFL8008S LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46PFL8008S/12
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • 46PFL8008S LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D active Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Tabletop swivel stand
  • Power cord
  • SCART Adapter
  • Component cable adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • Legal and safety brochure
  • Warranty Leaflet
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14 kg