The Good The Philips PFL5907 LED TV has impressive picture quality for the price, anchored by relatively deep black levels, good shadow detail, and a natural color palette in most areas. The TV has a diverse feature set, including MediaConnect PC mirroring.
The Bad The Philips exhibited a really shallow optimal viewing angle. Colors could be better; its reds and blues lack the vibrancy of some of its rivals', while near blacks can look purple.
The Bottom Line The Philips PFL5907 series has commendable picture quality and features, making it one of the better LED TV values.
One of the better LED TV values
In my native land of Australia, Philips hasn't sold a television in four years -- not because the TVs aren't popular, they just aren't actually sold there. Here in the U.S., it's almost easy to, especially when Philips releases lackluster models such as the mellifluously named , which CNET reviewed last year. But you know what? The company has picked up its game; the new PFL5907 series is actually pretty good!
Its strengths include deep black levels and good shadow detail for an LED TV, natural-looking color in most scenes, and a good mix of features -- including a unique mirroring solution for compatible TVs. Yes, its picture has its bad points, too, and those combined with lack of 3D make it an inferior value compared with the excellent Vizio M3D0KD, for example, or one of the better cheap plasmas like the Samsung PNE450 series. That said, the Philips PFL5907 is still worth considering by people who want a well-balanced, aggressively priced midrange LED TV.
Series information: I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 46-inch Philips 46PFL5907/F7, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.
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