- Review Price: £548.99
As you’ve probably already guessed if you clocked the £540 price at the top of this review, the 32PFL7562D resides on the lower slopes of Philips’ bewilderingly extensive LCD TV range. Not that this really helps us at all in forming any sort of prejudgment on the set’s potential, as previous Philips budget busters have ranged from outstanding to drab with puzzling consistency.
One thing we can say for sure, though, is that it’s certainly not a bad looking TV by any means in its glossy black finish. But at the same time the design doesn’t stand out from the crowd.
What’s more, it’s impossible as a reviewer of many previous Philips TVs not to rue the absence on the 32PFL7562D – however cheap it might be – of the brand’s Ambilight technology. Designed to make long-term viewing more relaxing and immersive by pouring pools of coloured light from the TV’s edges, we’ve found Ambilight genuinely enjoyable and far less gimmicky than it sounds.
Of course, though, it wouldn’t be fair to get too down about the Ambilight situation. After all, you don’t exactly find anything similar on other sub-£600 TVs from other brands, do you? And if it came to a toss up between sacrificing Ambilight or sacrificing picture quality to hit a budget price, then it’s pretty obvious that picture quality should come first.
Connectivity is good enough for a budget set. In other words, the 32PFL7562D carries two HDMIs, component video inputs, and support for a PC on top of all the usual SCART/S-Video/composite video options. There’s also a bonus in the shape of a USB input tucked along the TV’s side which can take an admirably wide range of file types, including: JPEG, MP3, MP3 Pro, LPCM, MPEG1 and MPEG2. The only limitation here – and it’s really not a serious one at all – is that the USB device you’re connecting needs to be formatted using a FAT/DOS configuration.
We do have one genuine complaint about the 32PFL7562D’s connections, though: the lack of a D-Sub PC input. This does not mean that you can’t connect a PC; the HDMIs can take one, and H/V terminals alongside the component video input allow you to go that route too. But you can only jack in a PC at the expense of a socket that could otherwise have been used for something else.