Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum

Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum

Our minds boggled when we first heard about Philips Cinema 21:9 televisions, but as film fans we fell in love as soon as we saw them. They're wider than normal TVs, using the aspect ratio of the cinema screen -- so films take up the entire display, without pesky black bars along the top and bottom. Throw 30 quid out of the window and have your significant other chuck popcorn at you and it's like you're actually at the pictures.

You can get your cinematic experience in Platinum or Gold flavours: the new updated Platinum model is the larger of the two, measuring 58 inches and offering higher specs, with the Gold at 50 inches. Both tellies now let you watch 3D movies and TV, as well as surf the Web, use apps and even watch two different things at the same time. You can compare the differences on Philips' website here.

The Cinema 21:9 Platinum boasts 1,200Hz refresh rate and 0.5-millisecond response time. Philips reckons it will display 2,250 trillion colours. We didn't know there were that many colours. It also packs intelligent Direct LED backlighting with 2D dimming, to ensure that black areas of the screen are black as night while white is radiantly bright. Both tellies offer 2,560x1,080-pixel resolution for eye-popping detail.

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