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Philips Essence TV Launches


Philips Essence TV Launches

Philips has been producing some cracking LCD TVs recently (the brilliant 42in Cineos 42PFL9703/10 for example) and it doesn't look set to stop its quest to have a TV for everyone. Take the Essence TV 42PES0001 for instance, a 42in set specifically designed for wall-hung installation.

While most TVs can, of course, be hung from a wall, most users wouldn't ever do such a thing. According to Philips' over half of LCD buyers would like a wall-mounted installation but only 10 per cent actually follow through on that desire, citing complexity and weight as the main preventing factors. At 16Kg, the Essence definitely can't be classed as heavy and at 38mm thick, it's hardly fat either. And, to help with wall-mounting the TV, it is supplied with a 'smart' self-levelling bracket which will ensure the TV sits straight, even if the bracket itself isn't attached to the wall perfectly horizontally.

Installation-helping tomfoolery aside, the TV also boasts some pretty decent image quality-centric specs. A dynamic contrast ratio of 60,000:1 should mean good blacks and Philips' Perfect Pixel HD Engine will doubtless take care of everything else - especially if past performance is anything to go by. A 2ms panel offering 100Hz processing should ensure smooth pictures, too, input via three HDMI ports and a variety of other inputs - although quite what those are isn't specified.

Available this month with an MSRP of £1,999 the Essence is hardly cheap, but with Philips' at the top of the LCD game right now, it will almost certainly be a justified price. A late addendum sent to Santa may be in order.

Tom w

December 8, 2008, 7:58 pm

Think the 18mm is a typo? Should be 38mm?

Andy Vandervell

December 8, 2008, 8:27 pm

Yes it is, fixed - thanks. Think 18mm refers to the bezel.


December 8, 2008, 8:58 pm

Is there any significance to the box shown next to the TV in the image?

e.g. the HDMI's are on this box {which has some of the electronics} and it connects to the telly itself? Is this box<->tv connection wireless {similar to the Sony which is limited to 1080i} or by {special?} cable


December 9, 2008, 12:19 am

Are you guys getting one of these in for review? Torn between the form factor of this and the great review of the 9703 (which has Ambilight too). Also v worried about the comment on the 9703 review about not working with Sky HD...


December 9, 2008, 3:03 am

Any news on when they will bring back the model that also doubled as a mirror? That was cool. e.g. http://stuff.tv/News/Philip...


December 9, 2008, 5:49 am

Since when did santa give me, or anyone for that matter &#1632,000 TV's?


December 9, 2008, 1:23 pm

I moved to a house with a wider chimney just so Santa could fit 40" LCDs down it. Still waiting.

Tom w

December 9, 2008, 8:34 pm

@sugob: It's via a wire unfortunately.


December 10, 2008, 9:56 pm

@sugob & Tom.. doesnt matter though.. all in one cable integrated.. you have to connect any tv to the power outled so wireless I would prefer this setting from philips because wireless isnt all that in imo.

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