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Philips 40PFL7605 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Contrast, colour & clarity
  • SD upscaling
  • USB media playback
  • Remote control

Against

  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Sluggish Net TV
  • Wired networking

Arriving in the most popular size for LED-lit TVs – 40-inch – the 40PFL7605 appears remarkably thin (it's just 42mm deep), but, more importantly, well built.

As solidly built as any TV we've seen – some of this manufacturer's even posher sets notwithstanding – the 40PFL7605 is framed by a dark grey, brushed metal surround that sits on a slim translucent plastic lip that helps direct this set's Ambilght feature.

Elsewhere on this 40-incher is wireless streaming from a PC and NetTV, which includes some open web browsing and downloadable content, though you'll have to rely on the rear panel's wired Ethernet LAN port for accessing online content. A wireless USB adaptor (the PTA01) is available from Philips for around £50.

That aside, it's really only when we come to its built-in processing technology that we get a clue that this is a mid-range model with fewer touches of class than the upper echelons of Philips' pricey 9000 Series.

Elsewhere in this 7000 Series you'll find the 32-inch 32PFL7605H (£849), 37in 37PFL7605H (£999) and 46-inch 46PFL7605H (£1,499).

All use a 100Hz panel – the minimum required for a LCD TV to cut-down on blurring – and host the Pixel Precise HD picture processing engine. The latter includes HD Natural Motion, which is one of our favourite pieces of Philips technology, but it's not as extensive as the Perfect Pixel HD circuitry that is reserved for the 9000 Series.

Pixel precise hd

And then comes the shock – the 40PFL7605 has just a standard Freeview tuner, with no HD option. To be fair to Philips, the price has just been slashed by £200, which frees up some cash to buy a hi-def set-top box, but it's something of a body blow. Fortunately, it is one from which the 40PFL7605 recovers handsomely.

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
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand641 mm
Width with Stand966 mm
Depth with Stand242 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height593 mm
Width966 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)13 kg