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I would like to start this review by saying that buying this TV had given me my faith back in technology and famous brands.
I am saying this because we had a bit of a bad start after acquiring a Samsung tv similar to this Philips one and we were really disappointed with Samsung. It could be that we were unlucky but I think it was a stroke of luck really as I then turned my attention to Philips after reading reviews on Amazon and chose this very one.
We've owned it for over a year and it has been amazing in terms of picture quality and sound quality. Well done Philips.
The tv has a nice discreet silver colour and the buttons are on the left hand side of the telly which gives it a cool look.
We've got ours up on the wall which is dead handy to keep it out of reach from our boy.
I love this TV. Well actually i love most Philips products, i have so many Philips things in my house. This tv looks great. Its 26 inch widescreen with a wide sturdy silver base which allows the tv to tilt backwards slightly. I'm, not sure by how much though. I'd say around 30 degrees.
The tv has a built in tv tuner which usually works fine except a couple of times if you turn the tv onto stand by with the digital turner on then when you turn the tv back on sometimes you will have to turn the tv off and back on at the wall as the freeview just goes fuzzy. But this has only happened once or twice and it may only be my tv.
The picture is excellent for normal tv and digital. Images are crystal clear and the colours are perfect, very bight and look so realistic.
The high definition of the TV is also brilliant. Even though it is not 1080p/i it is still 720p which is still excellent quality HD. The screen is so bright and crystal clear.
On the back of the tv there are a whole range of connections. I do not know what every single one does but i know most of them. There are 2 scart connections, 1 HDMI for connecting high definition players etc, 1 PC connection to connect a computer or laptop. The other few connections i'm not sure of. There is also the aerial and power port.
On the left hand side behind the speaker there are a couple of more connections, these are the red/yellow/white ports and a headphone socket.
The PC socket comes with an adaptor to connect VGA cables so you can connect laptops. I have connected my laptop via the adaptor provided and it is brilliant.
All the outputs such as scart, hdmi etc are all labled when you select the output button on the remote so you know what you are selecting. It also has the PC selection on it. It showed my laptop screen in brilliant resolution as my laptop is high definition it was so clear.
The sound is very good through the two speakers, one either side in silver. They product very clear sound and would be good enough for a movie. But if you are watching a fast packed action film then i would recommend a set of surround speakers for perfect sound.
The remote control is good looking and simple to use. The buttons are labelled and easy to use. It is quite a long remote but is quite thin so it is easy to hold. At the top is a stand-by button, then there is a selection button which allows you to switch between TV, DVD player and Satellite if you have these (they must work with Philips). There are then the four colour buttons (Red, Green, Yellow and Blue) and buttons such as teletext, analogue tv menu and digital tv menu and the analogue/digital switch button to switch between analogue tv (channel 1-5) and digital (freeview). There is then the channel buttons 0-9.
The on screen menu can be a bit difficult for some people to understand but i was ok. You have to use the up/down/left/right button and the select/ok button to go through the menu.
I love this tv and have been very pleased with it. It has all the ports and connections you need, possibly could have more HDMI ports but its ok. The picture and sound quality is excellent. The tv looks great and is definitely worth the money. I bought the tv at a local shop in my town for around £420 which is a good price as the lowest i have seen was around £390 at Comet.
I recommend this brilliant tv to anyone looking for a nice 26" tv.
Phillips know how to package a TV with just enough features to keep you interested but not too many to confuse. Good picture and sound. EPG could be better and remote layout/symbols not the greatest. Handbook ok but doesn't advise on how to fit Digital+ card. In all though good buy, few quirks but for the price and the brand no worries.