Philips 40PFL7605 review

Edge LED with added Ambilight & Net TV, but where's Freeview HD?

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Clash of the Titans on Blu-ray provides ample evidence of the 40PFL7605's stunning picture prowess. Swirling mists are picked out in a finely detailed still image, while the raw LCD panel doesn't suffer much from blur of judder.

The 40PFL7605 deals with digital broadcasts really well, with plenty of upscaling producing a clean picture, though they're best watched with the brightness toned down; it hides what few jagged edges exist to produce a superb picture. Meanwhile, fast-moving credits on a black background cause only a tiny amount of blur,

Minimal motion judder

Movement benefits enormously from HD Natural Motion. You do have to take some care with this feature, because as it inserts video frames – to compensate for movement and reduce judder – it can create a nasty flicker around moving objects.

Left on its minimum setting, HD Natural Motion is clean enough, though we did notice flicker and stepping when the Titans swing their bows and arrows. In this regard, fast-moving fare often looks better with HD Natural Motion deactivated, especially if the 100Hz mode is left switched on.

Purists will prefer HD Natural Motion switched off, which leaves the 40PFL7605 to rely on its innate contrast and colour skills.

Black levels

Black is reproduced well and there's plenty of detail in costumes and backgrounds, though there is a slight issue with brightness; the panel is lit by LEDs only around the sides, which means that dark objects in the centre of an otherwise bright picture lack subtle details. It's only noticeable in contrast-heavy images, but the panel's brightness obviously isn't totally uniform.

Bright objects on black backgrounds are noticeably more luminous if they're nearer the edges of the screen, where a touch of haloing is visible. And while shadow detailing is generally excellent during Blu-ray playback, dark areas of digital TV broadcasts do sport a 'black hole' look.

There are a lot of picture modes, wizards, settings and tweaks available on the 40PFL7605, though they're not difficult to navigate. A Smart Picture wizard guides you through some simple settings based on your preferences with various images, while demos of HD Natural Motion and 100Hz are worth a look if you want to know what you've just paid for.

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 Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption84 W
Standby Power Consumption140 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand641 mm
Width with Stand966 mm
Depth with Stand242 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height593 mm
Width966 mm
Depth42 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model40PFL7605H
Product Name40PFL7605H 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number40PFL7605H/05
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Like a painting on your wall, experience the latest in ultra thin TVs from Philips. Combining powerful LED picture performance and the immersion of Ambilight, be assured you are always part of the action.

Package Contents
  • 40PFL7605H LED-LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Registration Card
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Safety/Legal Instructions
  • Software Declaration
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)13 kg