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Panasonic TX-49DX600B review

 Review: May 2016  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic Viera TX-49DX600B is an entry-level UHD (4K) television. It's a good choice for family viewing, with wide viewing angles, and outstanding Smart TV services, including Amazon, Netflix and Freeview Play. But serious movie and sports fans might do well to consider a model with a more capable screen.

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Design & looks

The design concept for the Panasonic TX-49DX600B television is named "Tailored Design". The chrome-coloured pedestals are movable, so you can adjust their position to suit the width of your stand, and your personal taste.

A half-inch black bezel surrounds the screen, and is offset by a narrow silver edge. The TV is fairly deep, measuring nearly 7cm at the back. It's a nice enough look, but doesn't quite have the premium edge of Panasonic's more expensive models for 2016.

Picture quality

The TX49DX600 doesn't have the HDR or local dimming features of Panasonic's high-end TVs. Instead, it's a UHD (4K) model with adaptive backlight dimming.

The 49-inch size of the screen indicates that it comes from a different source from Panasonic's more usual 50-inch screens. In fact, the screen has much in common with LG's 49-inch screens, and has similar performance to the LG 49UF770V. It's sharp, especially when fed with 4K source material from Netflix or Amazon Instant Video, with bright colours, and it can reach nice dark blacks too. Viewing angles are unusually wide, making this model a good choice for family viewing.

But the screen fails to step up to the mark in two areas. Firstly, it's a relatively slow screen, with a native 50Hz response time, and this can result in a loss of detail when watching action films, sport, or when playing games. This is largely to be expected with a budget UHD TV.

Secondly, the dynamic range of the TV can be quite poor, resulting in a loss of shadow detail, especially in scenes with high contrast. The adaptive backlight dimming simply doesn't have the finesse to bring out the detail required. So even though this is a UHD TV, the pictures often don't have the clarity that we'd really like. The Panasonic TX-50CX700 and Samsung UE50JU6800 TVs do a better job in this regard, for about the same amount of money.

Audio quality

The DX600 has a similar audio system to other low- to mid-range TVs, with two full-range speakers, each delivering 10W of power. While sufficient for dialogue, we'd recommend adding a soundbar for a fuller audio experience, especially when watching films.

Smart TV

Panasonic's Smart TV system for 2016 is truly outstanding. Using a fast quadcore processor for snappy response times, and built around the Mozilla Firefox OS, it gives you a user-friendly and customisable home screen, providing a simple interface to access all the TV channels, apps, videos, websites and other content available. This includes Netflix 4K, Amazon Instant Video 4K, YouTube 4K, a Firefox web browser, and other apps.

Freeview Play is installed, giving access to more than 60 TV channels and 12 HD channels, as well as catch-up services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.

Connectivity

The DX600B has all the essential connectivity options covered. Networking is provided via ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi, and the TV can stream content from connected devices via DLNA and screen mirroring of smartphones and tablets. Two USB ports (one with USB 3.0 support) allow you to plug in USB-compatible devices.

The AV connections consist of of 3 HDMI ports, two of which support the 4K HDCP2.2 standard, and one of which is Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible, for connecting to a soundbar or home cinema system. There's also a combined component/composite video input and a digital audio optical output for hooking up to older AV devices, but no SCART connection.

Panasonic's Viera remote app for iOS and Android turns your smartphone or tablet into a TV remote controller with added functionality. A standard remote is included too.

Conclusion - a good entry-level UHD TV

The Panasonic Viera 49DX600B is a good basic TV with UHD resolution. At this large screen size, UHD is definitely a feature worth having, especially now that UHD Blu-Ray is available and both Amazon and Netflix have started streaming UHD content.

Having said that, this isn't a high-end TV, and while it can certainly display UHD material in pin-sharp detail, it's not as refined as we'd like when it comes to motion handling or dynamic range. So while this TV is very good for everyday family viewing, it's not so hot when UHD really counts - with 4K movies. It does make us wonder just how valuable the 4K resolution is on this model.

Nevertheless, £700 is a very good price for a 49-inch UHD TV, and we're not going to knock it. All we'll say is, check out other models before you make up your mind. If it was our money, we'd be looking at last year's outstanding Panasonic 50CX700B and Samsung UE50JU6800 models instead.


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Reviewed by Chris from Uk on 25th Aug 2016
People should note that, as I understand it, the 40 inch is a VA panel and the larger sizes are IPS.

I thought VA generally delivered better contrast, but another review site reports the IPS having better contrast and black detail ?

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