Philips 5000 Series (2011)

  • 40" 1080p LCD
  • 120 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released June, 2011
40PFL5706/F7. Philips' Cinema picture preset came closest to producing an accurate picture, and we couldn't do much to adjust it during calibration.
Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Philips 5000 Series (2011)

Back view of Philips 5000 Series (2011)
It also preserved contrast (black level) at least as well as the other LCDs.
Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

size

40"
60"
55"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 40-inch Philips 40PFL5706/F7, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Its best feature is a matte screen, which helps reduce reflections in bright rooms, and its picture uniformity is average.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)

thickness

Philips 5000 Series (2011)
Sharp E69U
Philips 6000 Series
 

Performance Real world tests of Philips 5000 Series (2011)

power consumption

Philips 5000 Series (2011)
Samsung 5500 Series
LG LW9800
We did not test the power consumption of this size in the Philips PFL5706/F7 series, but we did test the 40-inch model.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)

black levels

Philips 5000 Series (2011)
LG LW9800
We also noticed that shadows and black areas appeared quite blue, an issue accentuated by the lighter black levels.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Shadow detail was fine; in chapter 2, areas like the underside of the building (9:28) and the shadowed faces of the guests appeared with nearly as much detail as on the LG and Sony, and with significantly more than on the Samsung.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)

contrast ratio

Philips 5000 Series (2011)
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
Samsung 5500 Series
When it worked the experience was good: picture quality was basically identical to what we saw on the PC's screen, audio was in sync, and playback was stable as long as we remained in range.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)
If you must have wireless PC projection built in, however, and don't mind this TV's mediocre picture quality, Philips is the only game in town.
5000 Series (2011) by c|net (Jul, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Netflix, VUDU, YouTube
  • Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV9
  • AC-3, MP3
  • JPEG
  • 0.1485/0.05
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • optional, 802.11n
  • 4
  • 1
  • other devices can control the TV; better for home automation
  • 1
  • 14,787 g
  • 400 mm x 200 mm
  • 1

cons

  • 14.29
  • 24p content will appear a bit jerky
  • 2.12
  • 40"
  • 0.6294/0.33
  • you'll have to go to the theater for 3D videos
  • limited color calibration controls; might not display the best picture
  • 6,720K
  • 65.51%
  • 7,571:1
  • 1080i content may show some visual artifacts
  • 6,428K
  • 600 lines
  • can't video chat with friends
  • 50.8 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 55%
Read the review (Jul, 2011)
We experienced better stability and range when we connected the TV via Ethernet instead of using the TV's Wi-Fi connection.

Panel

The feature, available on the PFL5706/F7 series reviewed here, enables the TV to display whatever's on the screen of a laptop PC that's running special software, without a wired connection between the two.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
In the DisplayMate test the TV couldn't resolve the full resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, although it did accept the signal.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Apps

Vudu's interface is clean and easy to navigate, and its apps are generally well-implemented, although most occupy the whole screen, so you can't watch TV while using them.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
MediaConnect is for someone who wants to watch Hulu.com or other free Web-only video sources, or display video files stored on a PC, frequently enough to demand a built-in wireless approach.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Still, we're happy it uses the newer Netflix interface, including search.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Network

Unfortunately the system only worked with one of the two routers we tried, a new Apple AirPort Extreme, and failed when used with an older SMC Barricade-our current AV lab workhorse that works flawlessly with many other Wi-Fi home theater products.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Aside from MediaConnect, and the welcome inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi, the PFL5706 is a fairly standard midrange non-LED LCD TV.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Content

It's a sort of meta-app that offers a second Facebook app as well as a clock/weather/stocks/scores widget (which again occupies the whole screen) and a bunch of ad-supported games-none of them widescreen, unfortunately.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Wifi

We couldn't get MediaConnect to work from the next room, about 40 feet away, even though the TV's other streaming services like Netflix worked fine from there via Wi-Fi.
Philips 5000 Series (2011) 40" Wi-Fi | Rated 55% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Philips 5000 Series (2011)

Price Edition Thickness Refresh rate Size Manufacturer code Compare
436.9 mm 240 Hz 55" 55PFL5705D/F7
 
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261.6 mm 240 Hz 40" 40PFL5705D/F7
 
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109.2 mm 60 Hz 55" 55PFL5706/F7
 
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109.2 mm 120 Hz 40" 40PFL5706/F7
 
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109.2 mm 120 Hz 46" 46PFL5706/F7
 
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85.1 mm 240 Hz 46" 46PFL5705DV/F7
 
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