Panasonic TX-40CS620B review
|Review: June 2015|
In a nutshell: If you're looking for a 40-inch TV that doesn't cost the earth, you'd do well to consider the Panasonic Viera TX-40CS620B. Stripping away the non-essentials of 3D and UHD, the CS620B concentrates on the basics and does them very well indeed. For around £400 you'll get a very fine TV with excellent picture quality, Smart TV and connectivity. Highly recommended!
Design & looks
With its two-tone glossy black and chrome effect bezel, and a slim but sturdy metal stand, the Panasonic Viera 40CS620 is a very smart-looking television. It's slim too, measuring just 47mm in depth, and can be wall-mounted if desired.
It's a very energy efficient TV, with an A+ energy rating and a power consumption averaging just 49W.
The sales package includes a standard remote control, and the TV is quite straightforward to operate, whether you're using the built-in 7-day electronic programme guide, or the Smart TV functions. All of these are available via the My Home Screen feature. It's quick to respond too, thanks to four dual-core processors.
40 inches is at the lower end of what most families look for these days, but it's a good size for a small to moderate room. There's no need for UHD (4K) at this screen size, and so a 1080p HD television like the TX-40CS620B is a sensible choice. Certainly the images from a HD channel or a Blu-Ray player are pin sharp on this screen.
Despite being at the lower end of Panasonic's range, this is a fine screen, incorporating the company's Bright Panel Plus technology. This makes the 40CS620B one of the brightest panels around, generating vivid images even in daylight. The screen is capable of reaching deep blacks too, and thanks to its Adaptive Backlight Dimming system, it can moderate the backlighting to adjust for different scenes. The result of all this tech is a wide dynamic range that preserves shadow detail very well.
Motion processing is respectable, with the TV rated at a moderate 200Hz. You shouldn't notice any big problems, even if you're a keen sports fan.
Often this type of screen suffers from narrow viewing angles, with the brightness and contrast suffering if you're not viewing the image from directly in front. The 40CS620B isn't too bad in this regard however, and outperforms many of Samsung's current range when it comes to viewing angles.
All things considered, this is one of the most polished displays you'll find at this lower end of the price range, and we're impressed.
Like most mid-range Panasonic models, audio is provided by two full range speakers, with VR Audio simulated surround sound. The total power of 10W x 2 is typical for a cheaper-end television. The narrow build of the TV doesn't allow a lot of space for reproducing low frequencies, and the sound is generally lacking in bass. Dialogue is recreated quite adequately, so for normal viewing this isn't a big problem.
This is a Smart TV with a useful range of apps. These include catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. The My Home Screen feature lets you customise the home screen with your favourite apps and channels. You can create up to 8 home screens for different members of the family.
If you use the built-in Freeview HD tuner, the system will monitor your favourite programmes and make suggestions of other programmes you might enjoy.
This model is a step up from many of last year's Panasonic TVs in that it includes 3 HDMI connections and 2 USBs. These are welcome additions, giving you more versatility when it comes to connecting the TV to your other AV equipment - Blu-ray player, set-top box, PlayStation and so on. There are also legacy AV connections, including SCART and component/composite plus an optical audio output and a headphone jack.
Internet connectivity is available via built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet port. The TV is DLNA certified and can be used to source pictures and video on your home network. It also supports display mirroring of compatible smartphones and tablets. Panasonic's Viera remote app turns your smartphone or tablet into a TV remote controller with added functionality.
The TV also includes a built-in Freeview HD tuner with a 7-day Electronic Programme Guide.
Conclusion - Great value
We're very impressed by the 40-inch version of the Panasonic CS620B. It may not have the headline-grabbing UHD resolution of more expensive televisions, but that feature simply isn't needed on a 40-inch screen. By opting for Full HD 1080p instead, you save money and electricity too!
The TV is a highly competent performer, with bright images, deep blacks, plenty of dynamic range, decent motion processing, and reasonable viewing angles too. Few TVs can match it in this price range.
Smart TV is good, and all the connectivity options we want are here too. The only missing feature is 3D.
For the price, this is a truly excellent choice of TV and undoubtedly one of the stars of 2015. Available at around the £400 mark, it's already very competitively-priced and we don't expect the price to fall very much lower than it already is at launch.
This model is exclusive to Currys / PC World.
Panasonic TX-40CS620B features include:
- 40 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- Bright Panel Plus
- Game mode
- Media player
- Freeview HD
- Smart TV functions
- Audio: Full Range stereo speakers (10W x 2), VR-Audio True surround sound, Dolby Digital Plus
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 3, USB x 2, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite in (AV) x 1, SCART x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, CI (Common Interface), DLNA, display mirroring, VIERA link
- Standard remote
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Typical power consumption: 49W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 904 x 518 x 47 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 904 x 560 x 202 mm
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How do I schedule a programme?
Asked by Elizabeth
on 6th Mar 2016
Can any tell me how to schedule a programme. That I would want to watch at a later time.
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Average rating from 2 reviews:
Reviewed by john
on 27th Jul 2015
Bit dissappointed that it did not have itv ondemand.
Reviewed by richard
on 1st Jul 2015
just purchased this tv from currys and i must admit for the price its a fantastic piece of kit.
picture quality is good and the apps seem to load fast in smart mode.
the home screen function is great in that you can personalize it to your own taste
please note there is no tv program reminder on this tv seems strange that panasonic omitted this.
this tv does have game mode but you must swicth on your gaming device first in order to access the gaming mode options.
all in all fantastic tv for the price.