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Philips 42PFL6805H Econova review

John Archer



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Today we have to start with a question: exactly how green are you? Does the extent of your conscience only run to recycling a few cans and bits of cardboard, or are you actually willing to pay more money for ‘green’ AV products?

Quite possibly you haven’t thought about this before given how few genuinely green products have so far appeared. But it’s a question you definitely need to ask yourself for this review, as the aptly named Philips 42PFL6805H ‘Econova’ is far and away the greenest TV we’ve ever seen.

However, while we obviously try to be as green as the next man, we also love our AV quality. So our job today is to find out if going green for your next TV requires you to take massive hits on your AV features and quality - and whether its eco credentials are really extensive enough to justify a sum of £1,200 for a 42in LCD TV.

First impressions of the TV are very promising. For remarkably it completely rewrites the traditional eco product rule book by looking positively extravagant in its glistening brushed aluminium bezel and ultra-slim chassis. Even though the majority of the metallic chassis is made from recycled aluminium using less than 10 per cent of the energy you’d need to make fresh aluminium.

What’s more, one of the reasons the rear is so slim is that the Econova doesn’t actually have a back. Not in the usual way, anyway. Instead, the rear of the TV is the rear of the screen mounting plate; there’s no extra ‘bolt on’ bit, with all the wasteful material use such a cover would entail.

Philips has also cleverly saved on materials with the TV’s stand. For as well as being made again from mostly recycled aluminium, this stand can also rotate backwards to form the TV’s wall mount, so there’s no need to manufacture a separate wall mount. Ingenious.

Even more ingenious, though, is the TV’s remote control. For this lovely looking little chap actually runs on solar power, with the necessary solar panel sitting on the remote’s rear. Obviously, this might be problematic if you intend to install your Econova into a perpetually darkened room. But we didn’t have any problems during our week-long test period, and there’s a USB cable provided should you need to top the power up when light levels let it down.

Yet another headline eco feature of the Econova is its running power. For thanks to a specially designed edge LED lighting system, the set can run on just 40W. This is obviously a best-case scenario, with the screen’s brightness output at its lowest. But even so, it’s still more than twice as economical as the best efforts of the previous greenest TVs we’ve come across, Sony’s WE5 series.

Elsewhere, you can turn the TV completely off via a zero-power switch; you can ‘mute’ the screen if you only need to hear the audio; there are all sorts of light meter and auto-off settings; and finally you can call up a simple onscreen display of how much power you’re using with your current settings at any given moment.


December 2, 2010, 4:53 pm

I would think that low power consumption TVs would find more fans among those conscious of rising electricity bills than those wearing clothes made of hemp.

I recently swapped my 250W Panasonic plasma TV for the LG 47LE8900 direct LED TV, which uses a relatively puny 70-80W while delivering better image quality. It should help make my electricity bill less frightening to behold. Whether or not it helps "save the planet" is quite irrelevant to me.


December 2, 2010, 4:57 pm

Good Review John! Nice balance between what your missing out on compared to the top models and what you get in terms of reduction in environmental impact.

I know many (if not most) will not see the point of a TV like this - especially for the price it is being charged at. However I am one of the others and really want to get this TV, if only I could convince the wife to get this tv and the photovoltaic panels to power it :)

Hans Gruber

December 2, 2010, 11:53 pm

What power usage figures did you get for AV performance mode then John? Was it closer to 80W as pimlicosound found with his LED tv? I imagine just about any energy efficient television available today would use much less power on much reduced brightness and contrast levels etc.

Asides from the not inconsiderable attention to extraneous details such as the TV's housing and packaging, have Phillips really made much inroads into delivering quality pictures with lower energy requirements or not?

If most people are just going to bung the contrast levels etc up if they are not satisfied with PQ and in the case power consumption figures are comparative to ordinary non-eco LED TVs, it seems the objective is defeated.

I like the use of recycled aluminium and the built in wall/tv stand mount. I had to pay over a hundred quid to get just a basic stand for my gas guzzling plasma telly.


December 3, 2010, 2:40 am

A recycled tv..ideal for all the recycled tv shows


December 4, 2010, 3:36 pm

Finally, an intelligent "green" product that doesn't force it's credentials down your throat!

I dare not measure my current TV wattage though, even if it isn't getting replaced until it breaks down, otherwise that would be a LOT of money (and materials) wasted.

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