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Philips Essence TV Launches

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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.

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