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Philips 32PFL7605H review

John Archer

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8/10

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Review Price £649.00

Philips’ latest TV range has been nothing if not consistent, at least when it comes to its core feature ‘values’.

This hasn’t always been a good thing; none of its current models have Freeview HD tuners built in, for instance. On the plus side, though, the Philips TV ‘DNA’ does mean that the majority of its sets can be depended on to deliver some powerful video processing to help pictures along, as well as a taste for multimedia and, best of all, LED lighting.

Impressively, this move to LED extends right down to the 32PFL7605H we’re looking at today, despite it being merely a lower mid-range model that’s only 32 inches in size. Admittedly, the flavour of the LED lighting in the 32PFL7605H is edge rather than the higher-quality direct option used by Philips’ outstanding 9000 TV series. But if it’s done well, its edge LED engine should still give the TV plenty of potential for outperforming the vast majority of its 32in peers. Especially those peers sitting round the 32PFL7605H’s surprisingly aggressive £629 price tag.

Of course, though, as we’ve seen with a depressing number of other edge LED TVs recently, the trendy new lighting tech can also do harm to pictures if it’s not done well…

The 32PFL7605H is startlingly easy on the eye for one of Philips’ most affordable TVs. Its grey-silver finish makes a nice change from the usual black, and we were rather taken, too, by its rounded corners, well-built stand and highly polished finish.

It does no harm whatsoever to the 32PFL7605H’s looks, either, that it comes equipped with ‘stereo’ Ambilight, where coloured light sympathetic to the image being shown is cast from the TV’s left and right sides. Some people might find this feature gimmicky, but we personally have a lot of time for it. But anyway, if it doesn’t float your boat you can always turn the feature off.

So far the 32PFL7605H looks rather better than you might expect for its money. And this impression continues with its connectivity, thanks to the inclusion of a collection of our favourite things: four HDMIs, a USB port and an Ethernet port. The USB and Ethernet ports impressively prove to be just as flexible in multimedia terms as the same jacks on sets further up Philips’ current TV range. In other words, the USBs can thus handle photo, music or a wide variety of video formats, while the Ethernet permits streaming from networked DLNA PCs or access to Philips’ NetTV online platform.

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Epic

January 11, 2011, 12:41 pm

Ok design is subjective but 9 is a bit strong. Personally I find the rounded corners a bit dated. Also the bezels on all current Philips models look too wide in relation to the screen on these smaller screen models. Samsung and some Sonys are better in this respect.

AJ

January 11, 2011, 2:12 pm

Nothing regarding this TV, but as there are no forums there is nowhere else really to post.





At CES were there no TV's ? I've been waiting for all the latest and greatest news on the slimmest, best looking, stunning panels for this year and so far there seems to be nothing it all (bar a 70" Goliath).

Metalex

January 11, 2011, 5:03 pm

Did you bother to test input lag on this TV?

Stewart

January 11, 2011, 6:02 pm

@AJ - There new TVs at CES - nothing really groundbreaking though - larger & more OLED prototypes (will these ever reach the market place?), improved 3D etc.. but nothing to really scream about.





As far as 2011 model ranges go, enhancements look incremental of the same - improved 3D and interactive services seemed to be the biggest theme, plus now expected improvements in picture technology, etc... Nothing stand out sexy though.





You're right though - not much being reported on TVs from CES. You can find a bit reported on on other sites - e.g. TechRadar, What HiFi, but not much..





Other places you may find news is on the manufacture's own sites e.g.


http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/brav...

Brian ONeill

January 11, 2011, 7:12 pm

I done the ambilight effect on the cheap, by sticking some coloured led christmas lights on the back on my TV with blue tack. Looks pretty good, sure it does not change to match whats happening on screen but its £300 cheaper ;-)





Also if you want to do a bit fancier you can get led strips from ikea or ebay.

Lamboy

January 11, 2011, 7:29 pm

@brian. LOL you are joking right??

Brian ONeill

January 11, 2011, 9:32 pm

@lamboy not at all i am serious. Will try to take a photo of it later.





Honestly if anyone is taking down the christmas tree give it a try. You can stick the lights to the back of the tv. The lights are not visible but the different colours shine on to the wall behind the tv a la ambilight.

Epic

January 11, 2011, 10:28 pm

@brian that would be bambilight then would it (after rudolphs 1st born) ?

ruthless

January 12, 2011, 3:24 am

@brian - me too. Amazing things, Christmas lights

clemenzina

January 16, 2011, 2:15 am

@Epic - you're right, 'design is subjective'. I loathe the sharp, black, shiny rectangles we're nowadays lumbered with - presumably to fit with the soulless homes that are in fashion. This Philips is much friendlier, IMO.

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