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Philips 42PES0001 LCD HDTV

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the build quality and remote control are generally positive. The usability and design also get good feedback. The resolution and color get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips 42PES0001 LCD HDTV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Philips Essence 42 PES 0001 D


Excellent multimedia capabilities; Supplied with a wall bracket; External connections box

Slight lilac tint; 24p playback isn't perfect; No format-switching for 1080i/p signals

The Philips will play back various types of multimedia - JPEG photos, MP3 music, and MPEG-1/2 videos - via its USB connection, as well as across a PC network, using the connections box's DLNA-certified Ethernet connection. For this, the source PC must...

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Philips 42PES0001 review


Philips' foray into super-skinny TVs

Excellent form factor and build ; Involving HD pictures

Not user-friendly ; Separate media box not for everyone

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Philips Essence 42PES0001D television review


It's not often we at Pocket-lint can slide a 42-inch flatscreen TV from its box and into our test room using without breaking into a sweat, but the mere 16kg of Philips' svelte screen still managed to make us perspire. OK, so its slim 38mm depth makes...

Gorgeous remote control, terrific high-def pictures, slim screen, strap-on soundbar

Clunky separate media box, ugly cabling, preset picture modes

Slim and wall-mountable using just one cable, the Essence meets its brief, but could do better


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Philips Essence 42PES0001D review


The ultra-slim Essence 42PES0001D is one of our favourite Philips TVs to date, marrying spectacular picture quality with exceptionally innovative and practical features

Looks stunning ; Terrific picture quality ; Very easy to hang on a wall

Care needs to be taken with the TV's picture settings ; Not cheap for a 42-inch TV ; No Ambilight

Conclusion The Philips Essence 42PES0001D clearly isn't cheap for a 42-inch TV. But it's performance is genuinely special, and the set offers a hugely desirable, utterly unique combination of looks and practicality. We suspect many people will find...

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Stuff magazine


Philips' light and skinny new set looks ideal for wall-hanging – but will the exclusion of Ambilight let it down?

A light, thin and a solid performer. Quite simply the ultimate TV for wall-hanging


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Philips Essence 42PES0001 42in LCD TV


If you've got your heart set on a wall mounted TV, Philips has made it easy.

On paper, I guess that the Essence's claim to fame as the easiest TV to hang on the wall ever probably sounds a bit dull compared with stuff like LED backlighting and the Aurea Light Frame. But in reality, the extremes to which Philips has taken its...