- 48-inch LCD TV with direct LED lighting
- Full HD native resolution
- Small footprint
The Philips 48PFT5509
is an outstanding mass market TV that’s helping re-establish the company as a major player in the UK. Looks-wise, it’s attractive enough, with a slender frame and subtle stand and neck. Around the back are two HDMIs, two USBs and a LAN port.
Its 48-inch, Full HD LCD panel with direct LED lighting is exceptional for the price. Contrast ratio is top notch, producing inky blacks without any backlight clouding, while shadows also remain detailed. It’s sharp too, offering punchy colours that don’t stray into cartoonish territory. The only negatives are that standard definition performance is weak and the operating system is a little on the slow side. However, it’s still responsive enough for gaming.
Considering its sleek frame, the speakers are unexpectedly good. You get a surprising amount of bass during action scenes, thanks to the woofer speaker on the rear. The mid-range is wide and dynamic for a budget machine, retaining a natural feel and delivering clean dialogue, even through that bass. Price: