7100 Philips Smart LED 47″ Full HD, analysis
Although the latest edition of IFA , which, as you know, was held in early September in Berlin, he starred in the area of the image by UHD televisions, was also the stage for manufacturers to specify their new TVs Full HD. And Philips and TPV, the two companies joined forces to operate together while Philips brand, they snapped up the opportunity to show off “in society,” its new proposals.
The TV you dedicate this analysis, the Philips 47PFK7109 a model equipped with a 47 inch Full HD LED panel that belongs to the 7100 series, is one of the latest brand arrivals. It is a product of mid / high range, which allowed us to analyze it before guess that should give us a very interesting picture quality and connectivity to the last maintain, at par price levels. Let’s see if it has exceeded our expectations.
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 dots|
|Panel||LED Full HD|
|Refreshment native / CMR Refreshment||200 Hz / 600 Hz|
|Ambilight||Built 2 sides / Ambilight + Hue|
|Sound||20 Watts RMS (total) / Integrated Subwoofer|
|Dual Play||Yes (Dual Play glasses required)|
|Features Smart TV||Yes|
|Interaction with TV||Remote control / MyRemote App|
|USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Recording external disk||Yes|
|Component / SCART||1/1|
|Integrated WiFi / Direct||Yes / Yes|
|Energy Efficiency||A +|
|Standard Consumption||46 watts|
|Dimensions with stand||1,061 x 620 x 241 mm|
|Weight with stand||14.2 Kg|
Design and construction
Philips has done a good job with the design of this TV. Its two distinctive features are a fairly narrow frame with metal finish, and a stylized pedestal is not visually intrusive anything, unlike other brands that use in some of their models, which, in my opinion, are too flashy and divert attention to the foot of the TV. Frames are not the finest in the market, but of the content of the TVs in its price range that I had a chance to try. And the base, which is metallic, provides the structural rigidity demanded a TV equipped with a 47-inch panel, so I have nothing to object to in this section.
With regard to construction, and considering that this is a TV that costs less than 1,300 euros, and that price and performance, is middle / high range, I can not fault anything. The machining of the foot and the outer frame has nothing to envy to many top models are close to or even exceed 2,000 euros. From the moment it is extracted from the box and the base that allows placement on a table conveys a sense of sturdiness with other models that do not have feet with plastic frames and inferior is installed. So the overall picture with regard to their design and construction is very positive.
Interface and user experience
Now for a section that has become especially relevant since the advent of the Smart TV: the interface that allows us to adjust and use both installed applications as those that decide to add to my gallery from Philips. As you can see from the picture that you have a little further down, the interface is pretty minimal and not very intrusive. By this I mean that, unlike what other TVs, this model continues to show content that we are looking at the top half of the panel, while standing on the bottom icons application access.
The interface of this TV is minimal and little intrusive, a design decision that may appeal to many users
This design decision has a positive and a negative result. The good is precisely that we can continue to watch a movie or TV show while we retrieve any of our widgets or look for the app you want to launch. And the negative is that the icons show less simultaneously forcing us to move more if we have a considerable amount of installed applications. In any case, this option will have their supporters and detractors, so it does not seem to me a defining characteristic.
The menus on this TV Philips 7000 series are intuitive, so the learning curve until you are comfortable with them is smooth. Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.: And in regard to the Smart TV platform, the most popular applications are present Still, it is not as ambitious as we can find on TVs from other manufacturers that we provide access to a wider range of apps and more elaborate and visually appealing interface. Moreover, the experience is slightly marred by a slight latency that occasionally makes an appearance as we move through the interface, and possibly would have remedied betting on a slightly more ambitious processor chip with dual-core incorporates this TV. Still, not too annoying, so once you get used to barely perceive the slight latency.
I left for the final two qualities of this TV clearly increase their added value and that certainly can cause many users opt for it. The most relevant is the Ambilight technology, the real hallmark of Philips proposals. The version that incorporates this model is not the latest because you only have the LEDs on both sides, but still serves its purpose effectively. When the TV is close to the rear wall light projected onto it with the same tones that dominate the image of the panel, which clearly increases the immersion of the viewer in the audiovisual content.
And another quality that I would emphasize, though not as flashy as Ambilight technology is its handy remote control. On one side is the distribution of traditional buttons, but if we turn at our disposal a full keyboard which is useful when an application requires us to enter textual information. Using this keyboard is much easier and faster to enter text using the number buttons.
To test the image quality of this TV I used several of the Blu-ray Disc that I use his ability when bringing up the shortcomings of electronic image processing. Among them are “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “WALL-E” and “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” DVD latter check what skill makes scaling to full HD. The first thing that struck me was that the factory calibration is not bad. It is not perfect (no TV in it is), but the truth is that with a very subtle adjustments that affected mainly the color, then left it to my liking.
His blacks are deep, the detail in shadows and proper scaling is very successful
The sequence of the second installment of Batman directed by Christopher Nolan in which the hero confronts the Joker Gotham risen spectacular bike is great to see what it’s black level and shadow detail of any TV or projector. This Philips TV offers deep blacks and detail in dark areas worthy, but not the best I’ve seen on a Full HD TV. Yes, I have to admit that the two or three models that have offered a somewhat greater detail in shadows were more expensive at the time. The color, subtle adjustments after I mentioned earlier, it was very realistic and free of the over saturation proposing something other manufacturers and it is not as immediately corrected. So this TV has fared well in this section.
A sequence useful for checking how about management technology for backlight behaves TV is any scene from Star Wars on display space and light spots of the stars. It is not easy successfully resolve this contrast as marked by the total darkness of space and the intense brightness of the stars, but this TV does it quite well. The contrast is not bad, and the attenuation of the backlight complies, although it is not reference. Again, I tested Full HD TVs capable of reproducing these complex frames discriminate better the stars, but they were more expensive, and besides, the difference is quite subtle, so that the performance of this TV from Philips in this paragraph I find remarkable.
Finally, the processing engine that handles image scaling to full HD sources that use a lower native resolution panel meets really well. When playing a DVD quality scaling is very high. Naturally the images do not reach the level of detail of a Blu-ray Disc, but sometimes the scale is so compelling that it makes you wonder if you’re watching a DVD or BD. And if you enjoy your favorite movies in 3D and passive technology appeals to you, this TV will not disappoint. Productions like “Gravity” and “Pacific Rim” look really good with Philips, which is capable of generating deep images without suffering the annoying crosstalk itself was present in the first 3D TVs, so in this section also goes well stop.
The audio is the real “Achilles heel” of most modern TVs. And it is because manufacturers have enormous difficulty in resolving the physical constraints of an enclosure for such a small thickness, especially when it comes to reproducing the low end. To solve it, Philips engineers have hosted a small subwoofer on the rear panel of the TV, and the truth is that thanks to him the serious weight gain unusual in other TVs. The problem is that the sound is well balanced, so in scenes with a large load of serious these frequencies mask a little mids and treble, a defect that affects most of the TVs I’ve tested with a strong bass.
Yes, the level of subjective sound pressure reaches this tele is greater than suggested by its 20 watts RMS, so you can fill a large room sound ranging between 30 and 45 square meters. Still, for home theater applications I would advise opting for a dedicated audio equipment, as well as offering a more balanced sound, create a fully immersive imaging and, therefore, more powerful.
This Philips TV I think, first of all, a balanced product. As I explained at the beginning of the post, it is well constructed and the design is very attractive. Smart TV platform does not seem the most ambitious, but it does perfectly, and its image quality, though not outstanding, does reach a high level, which places it as an option to take into account in its price range. In his “must” have some latency that appears from time to time to move through the menus, but it does not bother too much, and that sound that allows the severe imposition, but is something that should not worry anyone who you plan to enjoy your movies with a team of dedicated multi-channel sound.
The overall experience offered by this 7000 TV series is very good, and largely due to the ability to dive Ambilight intense way audiovisual content. If we have this innovation the only option is to go for a TV from Philips. Anyway, I can not conclude without mentioning that this model also incorporates Miracast MyRemote application and technology.
The first allows you to control your TV directly from your smartphone or tablet very easily and share content between devices. And Miracast uses a WiFi connection to transfer everything we see on the screen of mobile phone or tablet directly to the TV screen. Overall, as you see, this proposal is very interesting, so if ye UHD TVs range from budget and you want a reasonably priced Full HD and good benefits, maybe this will convince Philips model. To us has left us very dissappointed.
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