Tested by experts
televisions

Philips 55PFL5706/F7 LCD HDTV Review

The Philips 55PFL5706 is worth checking out if you want a smart TV for less.

$1,200.00 55 in.
Advertisement

Introduction

Koninklijke Philips Electronics, better known as just Philips, has been selling TVs since 1949. The Dutch electronics manufacturer released their 5000 series televisions this year, which are economically priced smart TVs, and guess what? They aren't bad.

The 55PFL5706 (MSRP $1,200) is the largest of the company's 5000 series models. Sporting an uninspired design that is more Uncle Phil than King Philip, we would be remiss to judge this figurative book by its cover. This Philips had some solid performance scores, especially when it came to its superb viewing angle and above-average audio for a TV. The menu interface is easy on the eyes and simple to use. Even the smart platform on this TV, called Net TV, was actually decent, which was a pleasant surprise.

The 55PFL5706 did have its share of pitfalls. The motion performance wasn't great and the power consumption was pretty bad. The worst sin that this Philips commits is the poor infrared signal that it emits, which means that the remote has to be pointed directly at the IR sensor for it to function. This is actually a very frustrating problem to have on a TV. Regardless, the Philips 55PFL5706 is a good TV, especially for the price of admission.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Philips 55PFL5706, take a look at these other televisions.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Apps & Internet Features
  13. Software & Interface
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
  16. Ratings & Specs

News and Features

Hisense 7 walmart hero

Hisense Is Bringing a 50-Inch 4K TV to Walmart for $598

Can Hisense dethrone Vizio as the #1 purveyor of affordable 4K TVs?

Hdmi cable hero flickr adafruit

Everything You Need to Know About HDMI Cables

Here's the truth: You don't need a $50 HDMI cable for your new TV.

Frank sinatra home recording studio hero 2

Peek Inside Frank Sinatra’s Home Recording Studio

Frank Sinatra used to record right at home on a recording turntable.

6248630748 aa394da646 o

Sports on TV Headed for Some Big League Changes

Experts see dramatic changes ahead for how and what sports we watch.

Lg wallpaper oled hero

LG Showcases 55-inch, Wallpaper-Thin OLED Panel

This OLED display really blends into the wallpaper.

Steam machine

The Steam Machine Brings PC Games to Your Couch

Alienware and Valve have a mind to make PC games more accessible.

Lg watch urbane remotes hero flickr janitors

A Smartwatch Could Replace Your TV Remote

New smartwatch apps allow you to control your TV from your wrist.

Better home theater sound hero 2

Make Your Living Room Sound Like a Movie Theater

How to outfit your home with cinema-quality sound.

Uhd guide hero

The Ultimate Guide to Ultra High Definition TV

4K resolution is only Phase 1. Read up on what's coming in the future.

You may also like…

Sony KDL-40R510C LED TV Review

Sony's entry-level option is perfect for cinephiles on a budget.

Sony r510c hero