Review Price £599.00
After the relatively high-end thrills of the highly impressive Philip 46PFL9707 and Philips 46PFL8007, today we're shifting our gaze lower down the Dutch brand's new TV range to its mid-level Philips 32PFL6007T: a 32-inch TV that can be yours for just £599. A sum that looks even more reasonable, moreover, when you consider that it's 3D Ready and provides integrated Wi-Fi for taking you online with Philips' latest Smart TV platform.
The Philips 32PFL6007T is a decent looker too. Its bezel satisfies the current fancy for slimness, measuring in at barely 1cm across. The black finish looks and feels surprisingly high quality too, and while its rear isn't ground-breakingly slender, it certainly won’t be seen at Weight Watchers any time soon. Even the wedge-shaped and metallic-looking stand is a cut above the norm for the Philips 32PFL6007T's price point.
We were also pleasantly surprised to find the Philips 32PFL6007T clinging on to Philips' exclusive Ambilight technology, whereby an array of LEDs casts pools of coloured light from the TV's rear in a bid to boost the immersiveness of your viewing experience while also making it more relaxing - especially if you're watching in a darkened room.
One further design point worth noting is that unlike the stands shipped with the 8007 and 9707 models, the Philips 32PFL6007's stand does not feature built-in speakers. Here you're dependent on the speakers built into the skinny TV chassis.
Turning our attention to the Philips 32PFL6007T's rear uncovers a decent selection of connections. Headliners are four 3D-capable HDMIs, a trio of USB ports, a LAN socket, and the aforementioned integrated Wi-Fi. Many of the ports available point to the Philips 32PFL6007 being a keen handler of today's plethora of multimedia sources, so it's no surprise to find the set handling all the most useful video, photo and music formats, either from USB devices or streamed from connected DLNA PCs.
Plus, of course, like any good mid-range or higher 2012 TV, the Philips 32PFL6007T can be taken online, either through an integrated Web browser, or more manageably through Philips' Net TV system.
This new system benefits from a more sophisticated interface than the one found on the previous generation of Philips TV, even though you don't get the handy QWERTY keyboard on the remote control's rear that proved so welcome with the PFL8007 and PFL9707 models. (You can control the TV via apps for your phone or tablet computers, though, if you're finding yourself struggling with the provided remote.)
There is a rather glaring problem with Net TV, though; namely that it's cupboard is distinctly bare on the content front. We've long maintained that Smart TV functionality is all about video apps, so it's a shame to find Net TV currently only boasting a limited selection. The only ones we felt drawn to were the BBC iPlayer, BlinkBox, Youtube, Acetrax and possibly iConcerts.
There are the inevitable Skype, Twitter and Facebook social media apps as well, but overall you can't help but rue the absence of such big-hitters as LoveFilm, Netflix, and the ITV Player (to name but a few). Especially when many of these content-rich platforms are available on most rival Smart TV systems.
We also experienced a number of occasions during the week or so that we had the Philips 32PFL6007 where the Philips network wasn’t available. This sort of thing is guaranteed to drive people up the wall fast.
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