• Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review
  • Philips 55PFL8008 review
  • Philips 55PFL8008 review
  • Philips 55PFL8008 review
  • Philips 55PFL8008 review
  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

  • Philips 55PFL8008 review

    Philips 55PFL8008 review

If you're going to spend a big chunk of cash on a big TV you could be forgiven for wanting one that not only performs brilliantly, but does so with a bit of flash and flair. If that's your bag, this Philips is your TV.

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But is it any good?

Philips 55PFL8008 review

Philips 55PFL8008 review

Philips 55PFL8008 review

Philips 55PFL8008 review

Performance-wise the Philips is superb, with smooth motion and bags of detail, clarity and contrast; this set picks out the subtlest details in dark scenes that others struggle to unearth.

Watch some 3D and you’ll be hooked – there’s a gorgeous sense of depth, but it’s easy on the eyes, too. Some - including us - will find the glow of Ambilight immersive, but others may feel it’s just a gimmick. Have no fear – you can always switch it off.

Smart features aren’t as advanced or wide-ranging as the best, but there’s a decent smattering of VOD, including the likes of BBC iPlayer, Netflix and the excellent Blinkbox.

Verdict

Philips 55PFL8008 review

Philips 55PFL8008 review

We're big fans of Ambilight, but there's no way we'd pay £1950 for a rubbish telly just for the accompanying light show. But the fact is that even if you took that feature away the 55PFL8008 would still be a brilliant TV, and that's why it gets a place in our Top 10 list of the best TVs in the world right now.

Stuff says... 

Philips 55PFL8008 review

The Philips trips the light fantastic with its great picture and Ambilight tech
Philips 55PFL8008 review

Philips 55PFL8008 review

from £1,900.00
Good Stuff 
Ambilight is beautiful
Great all-round picture
Sexily slim, brushed-metal design
Bad Stuff 
Not as smart as some
Menus could be clearer
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