Having the option to input the correct settings can go a long way toward improving the picture on an HDTV. Some TVs, such as the Philips PFL6704D series, have fewer settings than others, and despite relatively accurate picture quality after choosing the right presets, this TV could really use more manual settings. Meanwhile, automatic settings on the Philips abound, and while they don't improve picture quality--quite the opposite--they do have a major impact on energy consumption, and are largely responsible for its energy efficiency in default mode. But regardless of how much power it consumes, the PFL6704D's middling overall picture quality makes many other LCDs look more appealing in comparison.
In the past we've chided Philips for concentrating too much on the style of its remotes and too little on the ergonomics, but the clicker included with this TV is easier to use. The buttons around the central cursor are arranged logically and placement is used well to allow you to find keys without having to look, once you get used to it. We also liked the feel of the rubberized buttons and the smooth underside of the wand.
All things considered the Philips PFL6704D series delivered below-average picture quality, beginning with its light black levels and poor off-angle viewing. Color accuracy was pretty good, but lack of controls prevented it from being better, especially in dark scenes.