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.
Trip the Ambilight fantastic
The big feature here is Ambilight, Philips’ semi-magical tech that projects a colourful glow that matches the onscreen action on to the wall behind your TV to make films more immersive and turn your lounge into a colourful light show.
It’s far from the 8008’s only selling point, though. For starters this 55in set certainly looks the part with its wafer-thin profile and super-skinny brushed-metal bezel. A dual-core processor makes short work of the TV’s sometimes bemusing menu systems and there’s a dinky Skype camera hidden away near the bottom. The remote, meanwhile, has a QWERTY keyboard on the back to aid TV-based web browsing.
But is it any good?
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.
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.
The Philips trips the light fantastic with its great picture and Ambilight tech