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Philips PF5521 Series Plasma TV (26",32",37",42")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and design. The sound and value for money also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the color and black level.

image quality, value for money, sound, design, usability

black level, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Philips PF5521 Series Plasma TV (26",32",37",42") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 147 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

Old Faithful


Good old Philips, still maintaining the type of QC that we'd expect from a large-scale, quality manufacturer. Unlike their large Japanese 4-lettered counterpart which starts with an S and ends in a Y and it's not sorry since you'd never hear the word from their mouths. These crooks have sold me two of the most expensive rear projection 'lava-lamps' ever made and will not offer the level of warranty support here in Europe as they're forced to by our letigious brethren across the pond.

Design, Build quality, Color

Connectivity, Energy efficiency, Black level

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Philips 42PF5521D


The Panasonic is cheap but it is hampered by several unpleasant flaws

Attractive price

Picture colour tones, Black level response

Also very disappointing is the 42PF5521D's black level response, which leaves shadowy areas of the picture looking hollow and dark backdrops looking grey rather than black. As Larry (Ben Stiller) confronts Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) about the...

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Philips 32PF5521D


The Philips' soundstage enjoys plenty of width and depth, and vocals sound quite clear and pronounced

So many features, Excellent picture quality, Image processing miles ahead

Slight backlight seepage on our sample, Setup needs care, Not exactly cheap

As soon as you switch the TV on, for instance, coloured light radiates from its rear sides, revealing the presence of Philips' Ambilight technology. This can make viewing more relaxing (honestly, it really can) by using built-in fluorescent tubes to...


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Philips 26PF5521D


The 26PF5521D is quite attractively designed, retaining the glossy, black screen frame finish of sets further up Philips' current range

Picture-in-picture options, Integral Freeview tuner

Black levels, No analogue PC input, Slightly feeble sound

If you're looking for a second room TV, likely to be fed predominantly a diet of daytime TV shows, the 26PF5521D is just about worth considering. But if you want something for heavy gaming or film use, those black level issues may prove tough to stomach

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Philips 37PF5521D 37in LCD TV


Has Philips produced the LCD bargain of the year, or do you get what you pay for?

With the usual Scart, S-Video and composite video options all on hand to finish things off, along with full Freeview digital tuner support, the only area where the 37PF5521D lets us down is in not having a D-Sub port for analogue PC connection. So if...


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Gesture recognition, improved performance, enhanced video playback.

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Philips 42PF5521D


And so to our plasma contender - a TV which, at just ?800, is comfortably the cheapest set in this group test. But, um, actually the price doesn't seem all that surprising when you see the 42PF5521D in action?

Very cheap, standard definition pictures OK

Average black levels, below par colours, dithering over skin tones

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Philips 26PF5521D


Costing just ?700, the 26PF5521D is one of the lower-end models in Philips' currently vast LCD range. But that doesn't stop it from looking very tidy with its slender black screen frame and contrasting silver speakers.

Twin HDMIs, good price, bright colours

Fairly significant black level problems, average sonics

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Amazon review summary for Philips PF5521 Series Plasma TV (26",32",37",42")


alaTest has collected and analysed 72 user reviews of Philips PF5521 Series Plasma TV (26",32",37",42") from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs on

image quality, value for money, sound, design, usability

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips 26PF5521D - 26" Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV - With FreeviewPhilips 26PF5521D - 26" Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV - With FreeviewPhilips 42PF5521D- 42" Widescreen HD Ready Plasma TV - With Freeview

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Philips 26PF5521D: A great LCD TV


I would like to start this review by saying that buying this TV had given me my faith back in technology and famous brands. I am saying this because we had a bit of a bad start after acquiring a Samsung tv similar to this Philips one and we were really...

Perfect size for the not so big living rooms, great pic and sound quality


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Philips 26PF5521D: Good Philips tv


General: I love this TV. Well actually i love most Philips products, i have so many Philips things in my house. This tv looks great. Its 26 inch widescreen with a wide sturdy silver base which allows the tv to tilt backwards slightly. I'm, not sure by...

great picture, looks great, loads of ports, good remote

Menu and EPG can be confusing

Product Specifications

With this TV enjoy the benefits of digital TV, Electronic Program Guide and digital quality content. Also watch superb pictures with Digital Crystal Clear and Active Control.


2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
HbbTV: No
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player: No
PC Streaming: No
Picture and Picture (PAP): No
Picture and Text (PAT): No
Picture in Picture (PIP): No
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No


CI Plus: No
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Front AV Interface: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
Secure Digital Card: No
VGA / D-Sub Interface:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 200 x 100 / VESA 800 x 400


Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:50
Frequency:50 Hertz
Full HD: No
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:LCD / Plasma
Screen Format:16:9
Type:LCD / Plasma
Type of Monitor:LCD / Plasma