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Philips 42PFL3606 Review

After our recent look at the Philips PFL4606H, today we’ve got the firm’s PFL3606H TV in the lab.  On paper at least, the only thing that distinguishes the two televisions in the 100 Hz mode which the latter misses out on, but let’s taker a closer look to see if they put in a similar performance.

Philips’ 3000 series televisions are available in five sizes, from 19” up to 42”, but only the two largest models, the 32” and this 42” unit, are Full HD.  You can’t, therefore, expect the same results from the smaller 19PFL3606H, the 22PFL3606H or the 26PFL3606H.


Accurate colour reproduction in Photo mode: average deltaE: 2.5

Low energy consumption: 95 W

Matte finish means few reflections



Low contrast ratio: 810:1

Media player doesn’t support many formats

Input lag: 66 ms or 4 frames (only relevant for gamers)



Just like the 4000 series of TVs, the 3000 series’ biggest selling point is its low prices, rather than its features which aren’t really up to the competition.  The contrast ratio is very low, there is a lot of visible ghosting, the speakers lack power and the DivX files aren’t recognised.  This TV will suit anybody who isn’t too demanding about picture quality and doesn’t expect the Home Cinema experience.

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