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Philips 42PFL5008 review

Sparkling looks and great value on this 42-inch LED TV

Some TVs – especially mid-rangers like this – have a tendency to load-up on flagship TV features while forgetting about processing power. By stripping the user interface and picture engine down to the essentials, the 42PFL5008 remains a quick TV that's fun to use. And that's a crucial part of its appeal.

We liked

Great-sounding and great-looking, Philips' budget-busting 42-incher is primed for life in a living room. Ambilight adds an awesome touch of class, but the 42PFL5008 is already half-way there. Cracking HD detail, a good remote control, impressive all-round images and a super-fast, simple user interface encompassing comprehensive digital file support and creative file-swap apps seal the deal. The build quality, too, is excellent for the money.

We disliked

Smart TV on the 42PFL5008 is take-it-or-leave-it, while the appearance of motion blur and judder are a predictable side-effect of a relatively weak Pixel Plus HD processing engine and basic 100Hz panel. Standard definition TV upscaling is fairly unsuccessful, while the EPG is poor.

Final verdict

With Ambilight, smart TV, great sound, a fine outward appearance and heaps of HD detail, the 42PFL5008 is a tempting proposition. However, there are some cracks in the performance – most notably motion blur and judder along with some weak upscaling. But the lack of powerful picture processing and a fairly lightweight smart TV platform has its flip-side in a super-fast, responsive user interface. That helps to make this mid-ranger a highly usable and highly likeable TV.

Also consider

Of slightly lower grade picture quality, but still a sterling choice is the Finlux 40F8030-T (we've reviewed the 32-inch version, though it's a couple of inches smaller. For major brand competition, have a look at the broadly similar Panasonic TX-L42E6B and Samsung UE40F6400, the latter of which adds voice control to some features, as well as a 200Hz panel. If you want something with Ambilight, but with better pictures, there's only one competitor – the step-up version of this TV, the Philips 42PFL6008.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePhilips
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerSECAM, NTSC, PAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption46 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand646 mm
Width with Stand958 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year64 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology300Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Height577 mm
Width958 mm
Depth34.4 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Teletext, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product Model42PFL5008T
Product Name5000 Series 3D Ultra-Slim Smart LED TV with Ambilight 2-sided and Pixel Plus HD
Manufacturer Part Number42PFL5008T/12
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Marketing Information

Journey beyond the screen

3D Smart Ultra-Slim LED TV with Ambilight

Immerse yourself in the action-online and off-with the Philips 5008 series 3D Smart LED TV with Ambilight. Enjoy the vibrant quality of Full HD LED, the endless possibilities of Smart TV and our most comfortable 3D experience to date.

Package Contents
  • 5000 Series 3D Ultra-Slim Smart LED TV with Ambilight 2-sided and Pixel Plus HD
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Tabletop swivel stand
  • Power cord
  • Quick start guide
  • Legal and safety brochure
  • Warranty Leaflet
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13.60 kg