I’ve been a pretty happy and loyal Phillips brand customer for awhile. Back in the early 2000s I purchases a 32″ HD Phillips TV for a killer price of $800 and was amazed by the picture quality and sound. I still have the 32″ in my home office and it works just like it did on day one.
I recently purchased another Phillips TV, this one is the 46″ PFL5705D/F7 model LCD flat screen monitor at another killer price of $772 on Amazon.com, I believe it retails for $1499. The picture quality is very good, the images, depending on the source, leap out from the screen. Once you turn on or off all the settings and adjust all the color settings you can get a flawless picture with this monitor, but you’ll need to spend a couple of days figuring out what looks best for you.
Unfortunately there are a few on-board features that are a bit odd and actual hamper the image on the screen. The first and most offensive built-in feature is the Light Sensor option which supposedly “reads” the light levels in the room and adjusts the picture on your television. Now if this was 3000 and never, when computers could actually know what looks best for people while they watch TV, I wouldn’t be so turned off by it. But, since its 2010 the option literally lightens and darkens the screen on every shot change and you can notice it and it makes watching TV painful and annoying.
Luckily you can turn this option off, although even when turned off, if the monitor is in a really bright room you can see slight corrections on the picture. This is a lot less noticeable during this type of lighting condition and if you are watching television in a bright room, I doubt picture quality is high up on your expectations.
Another glaring failure the Light Sensor feature along with the Digital Natural Motion feature has is that it makes playing video games impossible due to a large amount of lag from controller to screen; unless you switch the TV to PC Monitor mode. In PC Monitor mode you’ll have to adjust the color settings to get a great picture but you can play video games without the lag problem, even though on games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops you’ll notice a slight delay at times, or perhaps that’s my bad aim.
Outside of that, the picture is beautiful as long as the source is decent, and the sound on this television is amazing. On our last Phillips we would never turn the volume higher than 50 out of 100, and on this monitor we barely put it louder than a quarter of the way up, killer sound featuring SRS TruSound HD. There are also 4 HDMI inputs, Ethernet connection, USB port, PC input jack, a digital audio output jack, and your traditional composite and antenna connections. Netflix is also built in on the television, so as long as you have an ultimate membership that allows streaming you can access Netfilx as soon as you connect to the internet.
I give the Phillips 46″ PFL5705D/F7 a buy recommendation as long as you get it for under $1000 due to inherent problems with the Light Sensor, but outside of that this is a wonderful television / computer monitor.