Philips 40PUT6400

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This bud­get UHD set may lack Philips’ trade­mark Am­bi­light mood light­ing, but it’s still bright enough to war­rant close at­ten­tion. The first of the com­pany’s An­droid-pow­ered con­nected TVs, it’s a smart-look­ing flat screen, with much to com­mend it.

Cos­met­ics are neat and tidy, with a thin black bezel and wire frame pedestal stand. An il­lu­mi­nated logo pouts from the bot­tom of the panel; thank­fully bright­ness can be mod­er­ated or switched off.

The set’s con­nec­tions in­clude four HDMI in­puts, though only one sup­ports HDCP 2.2 copy pro­tec­tion, re­quired for 4K con­tent sources. There are also three USB ports, eth­er­net, SCART and com­po­nent, plus a dig­i­tal op­ti­cal au­dio out­put. In­te­grated Wi-Fi is dual band, there’s also Wi-Fi Direct.

The An­droid in­ter­face here is bet­ter man­aged than we’ve seen from Sony’s An­droid of­fer­ings. The plat­form’s baf­fling sys­tem set­tings and in­ter­face con­trols are buried away in the main Set­tings menu, re­sult­ing in a cleaner, more in­clu­sive, An­droid user ex­pe­ri­ence. The set sup­ports Google Cast, offering a rea­son­able level of in­ter­ac­tion with com­pat­i­ble mo­bile apps.

On­board apps in­clude YouTube, Net­flix, iPlayer, Dai­ly­mo­tion and some lesser con­tent op­tions. Be­yond the BBC, there’s no catch-up pro­vi­sion. You do, how­ever, get a wide se­lec­tion of ca­sual games. 8GB of lo­cal stor­age is pro­vided, al­though this can be ex­tended if you really need it. The set has an in­te­grated HEVC de­coder, and as a re­sult has a 4K Net­flix client. Spo­tify Con­nect is also pro­vided.

For a rel­a­tively bud­get set, this 6 Se­ries model of­fers a high level of im­age con­trol and per­son­al­i­sa­tion – gamma, dy­namic con­trol, noise re­duc­tion. Most users will elect to stay with the pre­sets, which com­prise Per­sonal, Vivid, Nat­u­ral, Stan­dard, Movie, Photo, plus ISF Day and Night modes. Philips im­age-pro­cess­ing tricks in­clude a UHD it­er­a­tion of its Pixel Plus im­age en­gine, with Philips Nat­u­ral Mo­tion.

Sim­i­larly, there are a large num­ber of au­dio pa­ram­e­ters, in­clud­ing In­cred­i­ble Sound – billed as a sur­round mode. There’s also sup­port for ad­di­tional Blue­tooth wire­less speak­ers. Me­dia play­back from USB and across a net­work is ex­cel­lent. The TV in­stantly iden­ti­fies DLNA sources and will play all pop­u­lar video for­mats, in­clud­ing MKV. Au­dio sup­port cov­ers FLAC, AAC, MP3, WMA and WAV.

The pic­ture qual­ity is im­pres­sive. The set looks sharp and that UHD panel elim­i­nates any sense of a pixel grit. Back­light uni­for­mity is good. Mi­cro Dim­ming Pro works with an on-set light sen­sor to en­hance con­trast and en­sure blacks re­main on the right side of dra­matic. HD sources also look ex­tremely crisp and cin­e­matic. Colour fidelity could be bet­ter – the set dis­plays deep reds as or­ange. While Free­view HD chan­nels are sharp enough, there’s no doubt Blu-ray and 4K Net­flix look bet­ter. Marco Polo (Net­flix 4K) has an abun­dance of de­tail, with lush tex­tures and finely de­lin­eated fab­rics, which con­vey well on this dis­play. Un­for­tu­nately, au­dio, de­spite all its pa­ram­e­ter con­trol, re­mains thin. You’ll want to add a sound bar. VER­DICT: Over­all, this Philips is solid value. It’s a good ad­vert for An­droid and im­age qual­ity is great. De­spite the rel­a­tively small screen size, there are ben­e­fits to hav­ing 4K res­o­lu­tion on a 40in panel, though you need to get close to the screen to ap­pre­ci­ate it.

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