We had rather more mixed results with the network functionality. Philips boasts that the set can provide unfettered Internet access, and that’s true. At first you reach a portal, providing quick access to sites like YouTube and DailyMotion; a further click allows you to enter URLs directly, with on-screen buttons for ‘http’, ‘www.’, ‘.com’ and so on, speeding entry up.
Not the slimmest, but sounds good
However, the response was a bit sluggish, and while it makes a decent fist of displaying even complex pages like The Guardian, multimedia support is limited, and some CSS tricks aren’t supported, like drop-down menus. Stick with mobile-orientated sites, and it’s a useful extra, but not earth shattering.
DLNA support is a bit of a mixed bag; we could play VOB files without any problems, though not .mpg MPEG2 files. The spec sheet also boasts support for .AVI files, but that certainly doesn’t seem to include DivX content, nor did our WMV test files play, although some files played from a second TwonkyVision server, but only when transcoded.
To be fair, though, it would be hard to find a DLNA-compliant TV set that doesn’t have compatibility issues these days. All in all, the 40PFL9704 produces a great picture, especially from HD sources, and the network extras may appeal to some users, as might the Ambilight. But it does come with a hefty price tag.
There’s no doubt that this set has astonishing contrast, thanks to the segmented LED backlighting. It’s also generously equipped with plenty of inputs, and rather than going for all out for slimness, there are decent speakers too. But the DLNA connectivity isn’t up to that much, and full net access is a gimmick that’s a little sluggish in our view. Paired with external HD sources, it’s a great choice, but price and lack of HD tuners preclude a higher rating. ®
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For starters, it is one less part where the costs of some patent-trolls makey-uppy property "rights" are factored in to the product?
TV's OS is Linux too
TV's OS is Linux, and Philips provide details of all the open source libs used on a separate leaflet in the box.
Why not buy a much cheaper LED backlit TV and also a £150 Acer Reevo computer that's so small it will attach to the back of the TV. Then you can run the web browser of your choice on Linux or Windows, plus email, etc.
You just completely made that up...
You'll be telling everyone you need to re-gas it every three years next...
Panasonic TX-P42S10 average power consumption is 175W
Philips 40PFL9704 typical power consumption 104W
So... 71W difference in power consumption, £900 price difference.
That £900 will get you 7825 kWh of electricity where I live... which is over 110,000 hours or 12 years.
So yes, if you keep it for 12 years, you will see the benefit of the energy savings.
"But it does come with a hefty price tag."
So, any better reasons? You know, like one that at least has an apparent positive effect on the product delivered?
If there are indeed lowered costs in here as a result of the use of open source, all that's done is fatten Philips' profit margins and pardon me for not giving a rat's arse about their shareholder value.