Most helpful positive review
Innovative well designed TV
on 24 September 2009
Don't like ordering complex gear online, so we purchased our 32PFL5604 from Richer Sounds, but it is good to support a product you are enthusiastic about, and if Amazon sells lots of these Philips TVs based on the reviews here, great stuff! Good design needs rewarding.
1. The industrial design is great, even the rear looks nice.
2. We're only viewing regular analogue signal due to lack of Freeview signal in the area, so cannot comment on image quality really as this is an HD set, so we're only experiencing literally 1/4 of it's potential! (We did view a Blu-Ray demo in the shop first of course to help compare. The one thing one most NOT do is look at more expensive sets as they will of course offer better image quality.) However...
3. ...the USB media player really shows up the image quality this TV is capable of when viewing photos from a digital camera. The only negative is that browsing an SD card (via an adapter plugged into the TV's USB port) is a little sluggish, but no big deal. Using a faster USB drive or memory card may speed it up though.
4. The on screen manual and main OSD (on screen display) is excellent - something Philips are the best at, as you will know if you own any of their other products.
5. The number of connection ports is more than enough. And the location of the most used on the side of the TV is good thinking by Philips. (USB port, one HDMI, phono inputs, headphones etc.)
6. Sound is fairly good for a TV - we've yet to really ramp it up.
7. Remote control is excellent, with an intuitive common sense layout and direct action keys for the on screen user manual etc. The only negative re the remote is that the buttons are quite stiff, but perhaps they will loosen up with use.
8. Phenomenal number of customization options within the on screen menu.
9. Weight. Not only about 7 times as thin as the 20" CRT TV it was replacing (that cost about the same 15 years ago!) but about 1/2 as light too. Easy to carry by one person.
10. Several ecologically friendly characteristics - all explained within tree saving the on screen manual!
What is ironic is we won't get to experience the true capability of this TV until Freeview (digital) reaches our area or we get a Sky HD box!
OK, that's a wrap!