Philips once again invites everyone to the world of high definition television with their 42PFL7662D Full HD television. The set comes in with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a contrast rate of 5000:1 to display deep blacks and bright colours on its 42-inch screen.
The Philips 42PFL7662D is one of the heavier 42-inch LCD TVs in the market. That does not include the separate glass stand which weighs an amazing 6 kilograms. While the stand provides sturdy base support for the panel, it makes setting up the television on one’s own that much tougher.
The 42PFL7662D sports a high-gloss black bezel affixed onto the panel to surround the matte LCD screen. Beneath the bottom border of the bezel, the speaker grille is subtly compartmentalized, and the whole section raked backwards fashionably. At the bottom left of the panel, a small red/ blue LED indicator adds a touch of understated class to the whole setup.
That said, overall build quality and finish of the 42PFL7662D is not up to par with higher end models from Philips, then again, with the price range that this TV has, you wouldn’t expect it to be.
As for its connection, the TV comprises a large array of connectivity options. This includes 2 HDMI, 1 component, aerial coaxial & CI slot. It also has S-video, composite & headphone inputs. Philips did not include a VGA port on the 42PFL7662D, a decision that may put off some video game console owners. Also observed was the omission of analogue and digital audio output. However, there is a 3.5mm stereo jack headphone output was supplied on the side compartment.
As far as this television’s performance is concern, its overall color temperature was cooler than ideal, ranging between 7000k and 8000k from 20% stimulus onwards. But the biggest concern was the presence of red push, which could not be completely eliminated even after toning down the color to the minimum tolerable level without de-saturating other colors.
There isn’t much available LCD TV without backlight control do well in the blacks department, and the Philips 42PFL7662D was no exception. While the intention to enrich the blacks is commendable, black level fluctuation can be quite distracting when you’re watching the television in a dimly-lit environment.
Video mode deinterlacing on the Philips 42PFL7662D was average at best. You would invariably see jaggies especially on poor quality source. The 42PFL7662D correctly detected both 3:2 and 2:2 sequences and applied the relevant pulldown techniques, but only in 1080i and not 480i/ 576i where film mode deinterlacing is arguably more important.
Philips is a company that has mastered the art of producing flat panels that dazzle in showrooms. If you appreciate an accurate picture and want to watch a movie the way the director intended it to be watched, then the Philips 42PFL7662D is not for you. This TV is a product that has been hastily slapped together as an afterthought by Philips to jump on the 1080p bandwagon, with poor connectivity and picture quality given its price.