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Panasonic TX-40CS520B review

 Review: August 2015  

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic Viera TX-40CS520 is one of the cheaper 40-inch Smart TVs on sale, but we feel that there have been too many cuts in its capability. In particular, with just 2 HDMI ports, there's a real risk that this will turn out to be be a false economy.



The Panasonic TX-40CS520B is a slightly cheaper version of the TX-40CS620B with a small reduction in specification.

The CS520 looks almost the same as the CS620, with a narrow black glossy frame and a metal effect stand. Like the CS620, it includes a standard remote control and comes with Panasonic's excellent Smart TV functionality, based around the My Home Screen feature. Smart TV functionality includes the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5.

Picture quality is generally very good. The CS520B is a 1080p HD TV with Panasonic's outstanding Bright Panel Plus technology, which enables the screen to produce bright, vivid images even in daylight. The VA screen can also generate inky dark blacks too, resulting in a very wide dynamic range that adds punch and detail to the picture. Viewing angles are wide for a VA screen too.

If there's one area where the TV underperforms, it's in motion clarity. The CS520B is rated at 100Hz and can sometimes struggle to maintain image integrity when the action is fast.

There's no 3D capability on this model.

Audio quality is average for a TV of this type.

As well as a slight reduction in picture quality, connectivity has also been cut to meet the budget. Unfortunately this means just 2 HDMI connections, which we feel is limiting.

Conclusion - not our favourite

We very much liked the 40-inch Panasonic TX-40CS620B, but we're less impressed by the cut-price CS520. The loss of a HDMI port could be a real problem, especially since the price difference isn't that great. Add to that the lower motion clarity, and we'd stick to the CS520 instead.

Panasonic TX-40CS520B features include:

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Can you operate the 520 without a remote control?

Asked by Robin brooks from U.k. on 6th Nov 2017

Does it have blue tooth for airpods?

Asked by Debs from Uk on 30th Apr 2017
Can I use my air pods with this tv?

Has the TX-40CS520E got Audio Description? Required for a nearly blind person.

Asked by Ray from England on 25th Feb 2017
I intend buying this TX-40CS520E TV for my mother in law who is almost blind and relies heavily on the Audo Description facility of her old TV. Can anyone reassure me before I buy the set that it does indeed have this feature.

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Average rating from 4 reviews:

Reviewed by sheila from UK on 1st Oct 2016
Do not buy this tv. the image is poor and the motion clarity makes it very annoying to watch sometimes.

Reviewed by MM from UK on 12th May 2016
Wish I had seen these reviews before buying the TX-40CS520B as the picture quality is poor. When watching some sitcoms, films and dramas there is a ripple effect crossing people's faces. The supplier says it not faulty but due to playing SD programmes on HD TV but I would have assumed that given the amount of older programmes available, any TV should be able to display them without significant distortion.

Reviewed by Veronica from England on 20th Mar 2016
Just bought this today - picture clarity is appalling! When people are moving the picture cannot keep up. This is even worse when playing back from SkyPlus. Don't buy this model! We always buy Panasinic Vieras - what a disappointment.

Reviewed by Jan from England on 9th Feb 2016
The picture and sound are very good, not so good is the fact that the set up instructions are not very clear. After putting in the wi-fi code it doesn`t tell you what to do next! In fact you just press the return button then it`s plain sailing. I am very pleased with my purchase.

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