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Philips 40PFL7605


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Part TV, part lighting appliance, Philip’s 40PFL7605 features the Spectra 2 iteration of the brand’s trademark Ambilight mood lighting feature. Despite the integrated light show, this Edge-lit LED screen is still just 41.5mm deep. Alas, there’s no Freeview HD tuner on board, so insist your dealer to bundle a Freeview HD set top box in for the price.

Once networked, you can browse for media, but support is seemingly inconsistent. Standard AVIs failed to play, but MKVs were fine. Video file support from USB is all encompassing. There is no enticing apps portal on offer, but Philips does include an embedded browser for open web access, however this lacks Flash support. Picture quality is generally fine, although you will end up wrestling with the Pixel Plus HD picture engine to get really pleasing results. Audio quality is best in class.

Philips 40PFL7605


Reg Rating 70%
Price £1,099
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Samsung UE40D8000

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Samsung UE40D8000 3D LED TV
Reg Rating 85 per cent Price £1,500 With razor sharp images, deep black levels and more colour hues than a Dulux catalogue, Samsung’s D8000 series have had TV enthusiasts salivating since their unveiling. The soon to disembark 40in model is the most affordable in the (admittedly pricey) line-up, and loses none of the allure of it larger siblings.

An astoundingly dynamic Edge LED backlit panel produces a real head turner of a picture. Not only great in high def, the screen offers the best Active Shutter 3D performance we’ve yet seen from the brand. The bezel is so thin (just 5cm) its 3D images seem to leap from the screen. Also impressive is the brand’s new Smart Hub Internet connected portal, which offers on-tap You Tube, BBC iPlayer, Facebook and miscellaneous IPTV and entertainment content from Samsung’s fast-growing apps store. The only reason why this Samsung doesn't get the Editor's Choice award is due to how much more expensive it is than others in this round-up., and for that price, you'd expect it to be good.

Samsung UE40D8000

Reg Rating 85%
Price £1500
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