Philips 55PUT6400 review

Trim and trendy TV let down by a lack of detail in the picture Tested at £750

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Our Verdict

Though equipped with all you’d expect from a modern 4K TV set, Philips has failed to hit the spot with the 55PUT6400

For

  • Reasonable detail in foreground
  • Fine tracking motion
  • Decent sound
  • A good choice of apps

Against

  • Lacks subtle detail
  • Little movement in contrast settings
  • Slow to change channels and enter TV guide

Eighteen months ago, when we tested the Philips 55PUS7809, we were astounded to discover you could pick up a 55in 4K television set for £1500.

Okay, so the company’s latest offering, the 55PUT6400, is far from the only affordable Ultra HD telly of this size on the market but, in terms of specifications at least, it is still a healthy return on the money.

Features

Essentially, it is all you’d expect from a TV in 2015: a trim and trendy box with built-in Freeview, on-demand and catch-up services and a plethora of apps for music, gaming and social media. Then you’ve got four HDMI connections and three USB for anything else you want to input.

Once you have been guided through an initial set-up, the home screen is much as you’d find on any other Android OS-powered TV.

In that sense it’s rather simple to navigate and, driven by Philips’s Dual Core processor, it all moves rather fluidly. No complaints as yet.

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Picture

There’s much to be said for the initial picture quality, too. We turn off features such as dynamic contrast (which we find a touch heavy-handed if you have it past minimum setting) and natural motion to find a picture with a good amount of basic detail on both high- and standard-definition channels.

Outlines are crisp, and sweeping landscapes as you find on programmes such as Escape To The Country are represented well.

Watching the incredible Ice Road Truckers on Dave’s standard-definition channel, we are impressed by the Philips’s handling of movement too. That improves, much as you’d expect, when shifting to high-definition channels or Blu-ray.

Testing the latter with the excellent documentary, Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here, the sound, by the standards of modern televisions at least, is relatively expressive as well and doesn’t really want for detail or punch.

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So where is this telly losing ground? Subtlety, mainly. As always, we start our fine-tuning by using a THX calibration disc. While most of the tests are fine, we struggle to get the flexibility we’d like from the brightness and contrast.

That leads to a lack of detail in the brightest and darkest areas of the picture, especially when they are in the background. Bright lights and the walls to which they are fixed become indistinguishable, almost garish; creases don’t show up on white shirts or dark trousers; walls are built with indeterminable material.

These are the kind of details you notice straight away, even if you aren’t drawn immediately to their absence.

Ease of use

That leads us to the question: how long is too long to be fiddling with the settings of your new £750 telly? We don’t time ourselves but it is more than an hour of tweaking and experimentation, and we still can’t attain the level of subtle detail we’d like.

That, combined with the time it takes to do things such as change channel or load the TV guide, makes the 55PUT6400 feel a bit sluggish and blunt.

Verdict

The good news is that these things are, feasibly, rectifiable with a software update – Philips has assured us that there’s one coming to solve issues with the temperamental BBC iPlayer – and don’t completely undermine the set’s strengths.

For the moment, however, we are still a little way off recommending this TV to our family and friends.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product Series6400
Product NamePhilips 55PUT6400
Product Model55PUT6400
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part Number55PUT6400/12

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA+
Energy Consumption per Year98 kWh
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
Operating Power Consumption67 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand26.6 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate17.80 kg
Width with Stand123.9 cm
Weight Approximate15.30 kg
Height with Stand77.3 cm
Width123.9 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Depth7.9 cm
Height71.2 cm
Dimensions71.2 cm (H): 123.9 cm (W): 7.9 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesProgressive Scan, Micro Dimming Pro, Google Play, Web Browser, USB Recording, Teletext, Wall Mountable
Streaming ServiceNetflix, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, HbbTV
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
Smart TVYes
Interactive FeaturesVoice Control
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T2
Motion Interpolation Technology700 Hz Perfect Motion Rate
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Scan Format2160p