Philips 32PFL5403D review

Turns heads with its styling and HD pictures, but isn’t quite a complete all-rounder Tested at £460.00

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Our Verdict

Turns heads with its styling and HD pictures, but isn’t quite a complete all-rounder

For

  • Styling
  • features
  • awesome HD performance

Against

  • SD pictures

This stylish, four HDMI-toting premium Philips screen can indeed be yours for less than £500.

It's a bit of a curate's egg, though, so the 32PFL5403D isn't the best screen for this sort of money, either.

Unless that is, you're going to feed it a diet of entirely HD material. In this regard it's mighty impressive. Detail levels are excellent, edges are precise, blacks are deep, whites are punchy, and the slightly warm colour palette adds richness to scenery and vitality to skin tones.

Detailed, but noisy picture
We reckon everyone still watches DVDs though, and here the Philips is a bit of a let-down, producing a picture that, while detailed, is also much noisier than is really acceptable. You can use the noise reduction to clean up the picture, but this has the side-affect of increasing motion smear.

Freeview also suffers from a little noise, but is otherwise decent, and the speakers produce a sound that's rather muddled at the bottom-end, but has decent clarity through the rest of the range.

If you're only going to be watching HD programmes, this is a bargain; for standard-def, you can do better.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number32PFL5403D/10
Product NamePhilips 32PFL5403D
Product Model32PFL5403D

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • 32PFL5403D 32" LCD TV
  • Tabletop Swivel Stand
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Certificate
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries For Remote Control

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Technical Information

FeaturesChannel Labeling, Picture in Picture, Teletext, Auto Program
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1366 x 768

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC

Audio

RMS Output Power30 W
Sound SystemDolby

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format720p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate13 kg
ColourBlack