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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Philips DesignLine television

Paul Davies examines a television that looks like no other, even before you've turned it on.

Philips DesignLine television
Philips DesignLine television Photo: Philips
Televisions have gone all handsome over the past five years, but if you’ve seen one giant superslim screen, you’ve seen them all – until you’ve seen the radical new Philips DesignLine.
There’s no frame, no curvy chrome stand, just a single (46 or 55in) slab of almost-square 'gradient’ glass – black at the top, fading into transparency at the bottom – that rests nonchalantly against the wall like that framed picture you haven’t got around to hanging.
Philips conceived it as 'an object of desire’ and, handily for a TV, you’ll want to look at it for hours; you may even want to switch it on.
When you do, the top half bursts into full HD LED life, powered by a Perfect Pixel engine for incredibly sharp moving images, even with your nose pressed against the glass, and Active 3D, which is startling given how defiantly two-dimensional the hardware is.
The clear glass at the base, coupled with three-sided Ambilight, adds to the impression that the DesignLine is floating in front of your very eyes.
And it’s as Smart on the inside as outside: WiFi-enabled, with all the usual catch-up and on-demand goodies, and a SimplyShare function to stream content from your phone or tablet.
Even the brushed aluminium remote, with its handy pointer for navigating the various Smart options, and a full QWERTY keyboard on the underside, is a cut above.
If you’re worried about it tipping over and crushing the cat, there’s a wall-mounting option, but it makes much more of a statement as a lovely looking lean-to

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