Panasonic TX-40ES500B review
|Review: September 2017|
In a nutshell: The Panasonic TX-40ES500B is a good choice of 40-inch TV. The screen is sharp, with good shadow detail, although it's not the brightest screen we've seen this year. The silver stand gives this model a premium look, and the range of content available is impressive, with Freeview Play, Amazon, Netflix and more all included.
Design & looks
The Panasonic TX-40ES500B is a smartly designed TV, with black plastic surrounding the screen and a silver metal stand. The TV is quite deep, but feels solidly made.
It comes supplied with a standard remote control.
The ES500 isn't a 4K TV, but that's really no problem for a 40-inch screen. The 1080p resolution is perfectly sharp at normal viewing distances, so you're not missing out by choosing this HD television.
The screen isn't quite as bright as the rival Samsung 40MU6100, but it can match the Samsung for deep blacks, and shadow detail is excellent too. Overall the picture quality is very good, although colours do lack vibrancy and can appear a little dull in comparison to other models.
Like virtually all other 40-inch televisions, the ES500B is fitted with stereo speakers delivering a total power of 10W. Simulated surround sound can add an illusion of depth to the sound, and the overall quality is adequate for a TV of this type. You can connect the audio output to an external speaker system if you want to beef things up.
Like all of Panasonic's 2017 range, the ES500 comes with my Home Screen 2.0. This gives you access to a wide range of content, including the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, My5, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube.
The ES500B has limited connectivity options, with only two HDMI connections, but it does have built-in Wi-Fi and LAN for connecting to the internet.
You'll also find two USB ports, a combined component/composite input and a digital audio optical output. FreeviewPlay is here too.
Conclusion - a good choice
There's really no point in splashing out on a 4K TV at the 40-inch screen size, and so the Panasonic is a good option. Picture quality is good, the Smart TV system gives you plenty of content, and the design of the TV is smart too.
You'd do well to shop around before buying however, as this model isn't particularly cheap. We'd like to see the price fall below £400. Other options worth considering are the Samsung MU6100 and LG UJ635V.
Panasonic TX-40ES500B features include:
- 40 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- 600Hz Back Light Motion rate
- High Contrast
- Adaptive Backlight Dimming
- my Home Screen 2.0 Smart TV
- Audio: Full Range stereo speakers (10W x 2), VR-Audio True surround sound
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 2 (ARC support x 1), USB x 2, headphone x 1, shared component/composite input x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, CI (Common Interface 1.3), DLNA
- Standard remote control
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Typical power consumption: 44W - 63W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 902 x 521 x 90 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 902 x 561 x 202 mm
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