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Philips BDH / BDL 21V Series TV (32", 42", 50")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 reviews of Philips BDH / BDL 21V Series TV (32", 42", 50"). The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the tuner and durability are on the whole positive. The usability and size get critical opinions. Views are divided on the image quality.

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On average, users rate this product 73/100.

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Not well suited for desktop use.


If your goal is a desktop computer monitor with screen space to support multiple simultaneous windows, do not even consider this item; or any other 32" unless it supports significantly higher resolutions to enable the large screen size. I'd recommend...

Picture quality is good. The PIP with built in TV tuner is quite nice. Excellent for viewing LIMITED data at a distance

Very inconvenient as a desktop monitor. Very hard to access controls; with speakers attached, almost impossible. (Including on/off!) The lack of tilt and height adjustment makes viewing VERY uncomfortable; even placed at back of wide table. Note well...

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Good Monitor...But...


Make sure you have desk space/sit far enough away from it. :)

Overall really good to play games on. I play WoW and CSS on problems. I played BF2 and UT on it...and it runs smooth. Love the Picture-in-Picture is costly and you can get a TV with the same features

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

Whether in homes, factories, offices, airports, or on the street, it's hard to imagine a place where Philips is absent. What Philips wants is to make your life and work easier - and more fun! And Philips continuously explores new ways to improve products and to offer innovative products to its consumers. Philips. "Let's Make Things Better".


Audio system:Built-in amplifier and 10 Watts RMSx2 stereo speakers / Stereo
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:10 / 20

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers


Certification:C-Tick, CE Mark, FCC-B,\nUL, CSA, MPRII, TÜV/GS / C-Tick\nCE Mark\nFCC-B, UL, CSA\nMPRII\nTÜV/GS / CE Mark, FCC-B, UL, CSA, C-Tick, MPRII, TÜV/GS / CE Mark, RoHS / CE Mark\nRoHS
Energy Star certified: No
Plug and Play: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Certification:C-Tick\nCE Mark\nFCC-B, UL, CSA\nMPRII\nTÜV/GS / CE Mark, FCC-B, UL, CSA, C-Tick, TÜV/GS, MPRII
Color of product:Black / Silver
Design:Digital signage flat panel
VESA mounting interfaces:600 x 400

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Comb Filter:3D
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1 / 1200:1 / 3000:1 / 7000:1 / 8000:1 / 800:1
Digital horizontal frequency:30 - 63 / 30 - 80
Digital vertical frequency:50 - 85 / 56 - 75
Display brightness:1000 / 400 / 500 / 600
Display Diagonal:32 / 42 / 46 / 50
Display Diagonal (metric):42.1
Display panel size:32" / 81.28cm / 50" / 127cm
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display resolution at frequency:640 x 480@ 60, 75Hz, 720 x 400@ 70Hz, 800 x 600@ 60, 75Hz, 1024 x 768@ 60, 75Hz, 1280 x 768 @ 60Hz, 1360 x 768 @ 60Hz
Display scan frequency (horizontal):30 - 63 / 30 - 80
Display sRGB: Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD
Horizontal scan range:30 - 63 / 30 - 80
Monitor display area:812.8
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Picture enhancement:3/2 - 2/2 motion pull down\n3D Combfilter\nMotion compens. deinterlacing\nProgressive Scan / Progressive Scan\n3D Combfilter\nPicture in Picture\nPicture by Picture\nDe-interlacer
Pixel Pitch:0.00669 x 0.0201 / 0.00894 x 0.0268 / 0.0319 x 0.0319
Progressive Scan: Yes
Response Time:10 / 8
Screen format adjustments:4:3 / 4:3, 16:9
Supported graphics resolutions:720 x 400 / 720 x 400, 1280 x 768
Supported video modes:1080i, 720p / 480i / 720p, 1080i
Vertical scan range:50 - 85 / 56 - 75 / 56 - 76
Viewable size diagonal:31.9
Viewing angle, horizontal:160 / 178
Viewing angle, vertical:160 / 178


Lifetime to 50% brightness:60000

Energy Management

Energy Star certified: No
Power consumption (off):2 / 3
Power consumption (sleep mode):3 / 5
Power consumption (standby):2 / 3
Power consumption (typical):100 / 130 / 140 / 220 / 300 / 390


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:200 x 200 / 200 x 200,400 x 200,400 x 400 / 600 x 400


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips

Input Device

Form Factor:Plug-in module
Input Adapter Type:TV tuner

Management Features

Convenience enhancements:On-screen Display
Ease of installation:Automatic Tuning System (ATS)\nAutostore\nFine Tuning\nProgram Name\nPLL Digital Tuning
Easy to install:Automatic Tuning System (ATS)\nAutostore\nFine Tuning\nProgram Name\nPLL Digital Tuning
Handheld remote control: Yes
Network controllable:RS232
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Remote Control Type:Multi-functional\nRC1124134/01
User Controls:Left/Right\nMenu (OK)\nPower On/Off\nSource Select\nUp/Down\nVolume control


Color:Metallic anthracite


Built-in camera: No
RMS rated power:20
Swivel webcam: No
TV tuner integrated: No


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No

Operational Conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80 / 5 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80 / 5 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Relative humidity:20 - 80 / 5 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):20 - 60

Other Features

AC (power) in: Yes
Additional accessories:AC Power Cord\nRegistration card\nRemote Control\nBatteries for remote control\nWall mounting bracket\nDVI-D cable\nAudio Cable\nVGA cable\nInstallation CD / Speakers (L/R)Table top stand (2 feet)DVI-D cableVGA cableRemote ControlBatteryAC Power Cord
Aerial input:75 ohm coaxial (IEC75)
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Audio Input:Y
Audio Output:Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack) 1x / Y
AV input:Component (YPbPr) x1\nAudio (L/R) for YPbPr x1\nComposite (CVBS) x1\nAudio (L/R) x1\nS-video x1 / YPbPr x 1, Audio (L/R) f/YPbPr x1, CVBS x1, Audio (L/R) x1, S-video x 1, SCART x 1
Bluetooth: No
Built-in camera: No
Cable lock slot:Kensington
Connectivity enhancements:External Loudspeaker connector
Convenience enhancements:Kensington lock
Depth (without base & speakers):5.91
Display:1366 x 768 pixelsAnti-glare polarizer / LCD / LCD WXGA Active Matrix TFT
Display panel size:42" / 106.7cm
Display sRGB: Yes
Ease of use:Auto Volume Leveller (AVL)\nSmart Picture Control\nSmart Sound Control
Ext 1 Scart:Audio L/R\nCVBS in/out\nRGB
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Height (without base & speakers):25.4
Mean time between failures (MTBF):50000
Package dimensions (WxDxH):40.1 x 13.9 x 26.7 / 40.1 x 15.1 x 26.7 / 49.6 x 15.4 x 32.5
PC Audio out: No
Picture enhancement:3D_Combfilter, PiP, ProgressiveScan
Power Requirements:90 -264V, 50 - 60Hz / 90-264 VAC, 50/60 Hz / 90-264 VAC, 50/60 Hz\nBuilt-in / 90-264VAC, 50/60Hz
Product weight:68.3
Product weight (lb):68.3
Recommended resolution:1360 x 768 / 1360 x 768 @ 60 Hz / 1360 x 768 @ 60Hz
Relative humidity:5 - 90
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:1
Set depth (inch):5.91
Set height (inch):25.8
Set width:44.4
Set width (inch):42.4
Speakers:2 / Built-in: 2
Swivel webcam: No
Tuner display:PLL
Viewable size diagonal:42
Warranty:Europe: 3-year on site, APMEA: 1 year
Warranty note:Europe: 3-year on site, APMEA: 1 year
Width (with speakers):50.1
Width (with speakers) (inch):50.1
Width (without base & speakers):41.4

Packaging Content

Additional accessories:Table top stand\nDVI-D cable\nVGA cable\nRemote Control\nBattery\nAC Power Cord
Cables included:VGA
Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Cables included:VGA
Manual: Yes
Package depth:15.4
Package height:32.5
Package weight:108 / 70.5
Package width:49.6
Quick start guide: Yes
User Guide on CD-ROM: Yes


Mean time between failures (MTBF):50.000 / 50000
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:1 / 2
Audio (L,R) out:1
Audio Input: Yes
Audio Output: Yes
AV output:Composite (CVBS) x1\nAudio (L/R) x1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video in:1
Composite video out:1
DVI port: Yes
DVI-D ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / Yes
I/O ports:- Ext 1 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in/out, RGB\n- PC: 3.5 mm PC audio input x1, DVI-D w/ HDCP, RS232 D-Sub9, VGA-in D-Sub 15HD, VGA-out D-Sub 15HD\n- Audio output: Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack)\n- AV input: Component (YPbPr) x1, Audio (L/R)f/ YPbPr, Composite (CVBS), Audio (L/R), S-video\n- AV output: Composite (CVBS), Audio (L/R) / - Ext 1 Scart: Audio L/R, CVBS in/out, RGB\n- PC: 3.5 mm PC audio input x1, DVI-D w/\nHDCP, RS232 D-Sub9, VGA-in D-Sub 15HD,\nVGA-out D-Sub 15HD\n- Audio output: Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack)\n- AV input: Component (YPbPr), Audio (L/R) f/ YPbPr, Composite (CVBS), Audio (L/R), S-video\n- AV output: Composite (CVBS), Audio (L/R) / 2 x RS232\n2 x SCART\n1 x YPbPr\n1 x S-video\n2 x CVBS / DVI-D(HDCP), VGA / SCART: (Audio L/R, CVBS in/out, RGB)\nDVI-D\nRS232\nVGA\nAudio out\nComponent (YPbPr\nAudio (L/R)\nComposite (CVBS)\nAudio (L/R)\nS-video
Microphone in: Yes
PC Audio in: Yes
PC Audio out: No
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
RS-232 port:1 / 2
RS-232 ports:1 / 2
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1 / 2


Energy Star certified:N
Power consumption (off):2 / 3
Power consumption (sleep):3 / 5
Power consumption (standby):2 / 3
Power consumption (typical):100 / 130 / 140 / 220 / 300 / 390

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Technical Details

Audio Output:Speaker output 2x 6.3mm jack
AV input:Component (YPbPr) x1\nAudio (L/R) for YPbPr x1\nComposite (CVBS) x1\nAudio (L/R) x1\nS-video x1\nScart 2x
Bezel:Metallic Antracite
Color of product:Anthracite / Silver
Display:WXGA Plasma / WXGA Plasma panel
Display resolution (numeric):1366
Display viewable area (HxV):43.6 x 24.5
Display viewable area HxV:43.6 x 24.5
Effective viewing area:43.6 x 24.5
Mounting hole pattern (H x V):25.1 x 15
Mounting hole pattern (WxD):25.1 x 15
Optional accessories:Ceiling mount\nFixed wall mount\nFlexible wall mount
Power Requirements:100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Viewing Angle:160




Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):106.7cm
Digital Television Certification:Not certified
Display Format:720p
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:1200:1
PC Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1366 x 768
Type:LCD flat panel display
Video Interface:Component / Composite / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees

TV Tuner

Analog signal format system:PAL, Secam
Channels quantity:100
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP)
Supported TV bands:UHF, VHF
TV Tuner Presence: No

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:27.2 / 4.49 / 5.12 / 5.55 / 5.91 / 6.34
Depth (without stand):4.49
Dimensions (W x D x H):47.4 x 4.5 x 28.4
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):47.4 x 4.5 x 28.4
Height:19.3 / 22.3 / 25.4 / 28.2 / 28.4 / 3.86
Height (without stand):28.4
Product weight:99.2
Product weight (lb):99.2
Set depth (inch):4.5 / 5.12
Set height (inch):19.3 / 28.4
Set width (inch):31.3 / 47.4
Weight:42.3 / 54 / 68.3 / 81.6 / 88.2 / 99.2
Weight (with stand):42.3
Weight with stand:42.3 / 88.2
Width:31.3 / 34.3 / 41.4 / 44.4 / 47.4 / 5.43
Width (without stand):47.4