I love Phillips brand televisions, very clean picture, amazing audio, and durable enough to stay on 10 hours a day for years at a time. The Phillips PFL 5705 D/F7 46″, 1080P, 240Hz LCD HDTV with NetTV is another great example of how well Phillips televisions perform. The television looks really sharp right out of the box and can either be wall mounted or placed on its included stand.
Once connected to any HDTV line of service the picture is crisp and the audio is so loud and clear we have never turned it above 50% of the way full. Compared to other Plasma’s or LCD LED televisions this TV looks and sounds great, but only after you set it in the right mode or customize the settings to your liking.
This is where people who buy this TV and expect to just plug it in and get a great picture will probably not be so happy. To start there is a light sensor mounted inside the TV so it can read how much light is being directed towards the screen and adjust it so you can still see the screen clearly even when sunlight is beaming down upon it. While this does work, it is noticeable and you can actual see the difference in lightness between shots, which isn’t something anyone is going to appreciate.
Another setting option is the TruMotion setting which supposedly smooths any jagged edges or pixelization when watching sports or other programming where movement is prevalent. This setting can sometimes make the picture look worse depending on what other settings are currently selected, which could make the average consumer’s head spin.
Luckily you can turn all these options off if they become too much, I also found that viewing TV shows, Sports, or Movies in anything other than Movie Mode creates that dreaded “Soap Opera” effect that causes camera movements on the screen to become laggy and stuttered and really unwatchable. Phillips also provides a number of personal settings you can customize for your own viewing mode preset and is probably the best way to get the picture you want, but will require some experimentation.
Once you figure out how to get the picture you want the results are really impressive, until you try out the online services. Which are merely Netflix streaming and only if you have a membership plan that allows for streaming, radio stations and the weather. No apps, no Facebook, no Skype, no Twitter, no web surfing, and really no reason to even have internet connectivity to this television as far as I’m concerned.
You’ll also need to put this TV in PC mode if you plan on playing video games, without putting the television in PC mode all the contrast and light sensor settings that make the picture look wonderful will cause amazing amounts of lag on the screen and make playing video games impossible. Instead put the television in PC mode and the TV operates just as a computer monitor would perfect for video games.
The Television comes with 4 HDMI slots so you won’t have to worry about running out of them and also features a USB port and PC connection port to use with any computer. Overall the Phillips 46″ PF L5705 D/F7 model is a great television that is very versatile and can be a television or a computer monitor or you can use it as both like I do. If you can get this TV for less than $900 I would say buy it, it has a beautiful picture and amazing sound but better televisions do exist in the higher price ranges.