Summary

Our Score

6/10

Pros

  • Very prettily designed
  • Bright pictures look excellent
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • High levels of input lag
  • Significant backlight bleed with dark content
  • Demanding operating system

Review Price £999.00

Key Features: 47in LCD TV with edge LED lighting; passive 3D with four pairs of glasses; Pixel Precise HD processing; Net TV online services; Amiblight

Manufacturer: Philips

Unusually for Philips’ latest TV range, the 47PFL6907 doesn’t get off on the right foot with us. Why? Because it's told us a porky pie.

The thing is, Philips likes to describe the PFL6907's design as 'frameless', backing this up with the suggestion that its metallic frame is only 1.2mm thick as well as promotional photos for the set that show the image on the screen appearing to run right up to this ultra-thin metal trim.

Philips 47PFL6907T - Design
As soon as you switch the 47in 47PFL6907 on, though, the frameless illusion is summarily shattered. For unless you're watching something almost completely dark, you'll immediately see that there's a black border around 1cm across sitting between the image and the metal outer trim. So the 47PFL6907 isn't really frameless at all where actual picture reproduction is concerned; it's only frameless to the extent that the screen and inner black bezel are on the same level under a glass sheet and so you aren't aware of the bezel while the TV is off.
Philips 47PFL6907
Trying to shrug off this disingenuous start, the 47PFL6907 is in fact a very attractive TV. The aluminium trim wraps right around the edge of and sits very nicely against the black inner frame; the glass-like top sheet across the front looks classy; and the build quality seems a cut above the norm. We also lapped up the brushed metal look to the TV's wider bottom edge. We just wish the TV’s core design wasn’t claiming to be something it’s not.

Philips 47PFL6907T - Ambilight
The 47PFL6907's design doesn't actually stop at that aluminium trim. For it's got a cute glinting stand and also, courtesy of Philips' Ambilight technology, it can produce pools of coloured light around its left and right sides that can match the colour content of the images you're watching.

This is a much more likable and useful tool than it sounds, as it makes long-term viewing less fatiguing and the viewing experience more immersive. One ironic thing about Ambilight, though, is that it tends to highlight that unfortunate black 'inner frame' Philips doesn't want you to know about...

Spec differences
Moving on to other matters, a good place to start is to hunt for specification differences (aside from the obvious design one) between the 47PFL6907 and the slightly cheaper PFL6007 series. The one that most jumps out is its '600Hz' Perfect Motion Rate (PMR) motion handling system rather than the 400Hz on the PFL6007s. But it also sneaks in a slightly more powerful 2 x 12W audio performance (with the aid of a rear-mounted woofer to take the bass pressure off the other speakers).

Philips 47PFL6907T - Connectivity
Connectivity is the same. Which isn't a bad thing, as for its lower-mid position in Philips' range it's surprisingly flexible thanks to its 'big hitters' of four HDMIs, three USBs and built-in Wi-Fi.

The USBs support recording from the built-in Freeview HD tuner or playback of a strong variety of photo, music and video file types, while the Wi-Fi (and a LAN port if you'd rather) will either access multimedia files stored on a DLNA PC or take you online with Philips' Net TV service.

We've covered this service in other recent Philips TV reviews, so here we'll just restrict ourselves to pointing out its main highlights - the BBC iPlayer, YouTube, AceTrax, Twitter, Facebook and the recently added BlinkBox - while adding that a few more video services like Netflix and LoveFilm would be very welcome.
Philips 47PFL6907
As a quick aside, we should add that the 47PFL6907 doesn't have the QWERTY keyboard on the rear of the remote that you get on the PFL7007 and higher models.

One accessory you do get, though, is 3D glasses. In fact you get four pairs, to support the 47PFL6907's passive 3D talents (called Easy 3D by Philips).

Philips 47PFL6907T - Picture processing
The last thing to mention about the 47PFL6907's specification is that it carries Philips' Pixel Precise HD processing system. This isn't Philips' most powerful system; that's reserved for the PFL8007 and PFL9707 series models. But it's still very potent indeed for a 47in 3D TV that's on sale for less than £1,000.

It has elements that focus on pretty much every aspect of picture quality, and although it might initially seem like a chore, we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with all the processing options provided in the lengthy (and slightly tortuous) onscreen menus. For knowing when and how strongly to use tools like noise reduction and motion processing is key to continually getting the optimal performance out of the 47PFL6907.

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