This Philips LCD television has graced our living room for the past three years, with its attractive black and silver design. The Philips 26PFL5522D is a modestly proportioned 26 inch flatscreen television, making it the ideal size for small or medium sized living rooms where a larger screen size might dominate the room.
Like most flatscreen tv's, this can be wall-mounted but we have this free standing, using the sturdy but unobtrusive glass stand that came provided. The stand compliments the appearance of the television completely and looks much more stylish than some of the cheap plastic bases that often come as standard. The quality of the stand matches the build quality of the television as a whole, even managing to withstand a recent accident where the whole unit was knocked over!
The tv itself has proven to be completely functional and incredibly easy to operate. Freeview channels are pre-programmed as standard, making this suitable for areas that have already switched off analogue signals, although we have only used this in conjunction with a Sky Plus box. The initial set-up was extremely straightforward and intuitive, with no need to mess around tuning each channel individually.
The set comes supplied with a very slim and lightweight remote control, using just two AAA batteries which last an eternity. The remote control does appear to be slightly cluttered, with the majority of the buttons rarely used. I don't fiddle around with menu settings very often - except when the kids have accidentally adjusted the brightness settings!
There are two SCART sockets to the rear of the television, making this suitable for connecting both a Sky box and/or DVD players or games consoles, as well as AV sockets on the side. This positioning ensures that all the leads are kept securely and neatly out of the way. The majority of the controls are discreetly situated on the left hand side of the screen, including the Power switch. These controls make it possible to adjust both the volume and channels manually, should the remote control have gone astray. The Menu system can also be accessed manually this way, although I would recommend using the remote control to do this.
Having owned this for three years, I can vouch for its reliability and durability, having experienced absolutely no technical failures or any problems with this model whatsoever. Both the picture quality and the sound quality have performed consistently well, with the images and sounds always being crystal clear, whether viewing regular tv, films or even photos. For even better picture quality, the tv is HD ready so could be used in conjunction with a HD box.
We paid £349.95 for this tv from Richer Sounds, back in 2008. As this is an older model, this is no longer widely available but a quick Google shows this currently costs just £139.99 (minus the stand) which I feel is a bargain for such a good quality television.