Panasonic TX-49EX600B review
|Review: May 2017|
Last updated August 2017
In a nutshell: The Panasonic TX-49EX600B is one of the cheapest 49-50 inch TVs available in 2017, but there are good reasons for that. Picture quality is poor, with little contrast in evidence despite this being a HDR model. Motion blur is a problem too. We'd avoid this TV and look elsewhere.
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Design & looks
The Panasonic EX600B is the bargain basement model in the company's 2017 range of 4K HDR televisions, and it has looks to match. It's about twice as deep as the EX700, with a thick plastic frame around the screen. The base is rather flimsy, but does have the advantage of being adjustable to fit the size of your furniture.
Unfortunately the cheap-looking exterior is a sign of worse to come, as the same cost-slashing procedure has been applied to the screen and the processor. While the screen has 4K resolution and supports the new HDR standard, it doesn't do much with it. The LCD panel lacks brightness, and with no kind of local dimming available, it's unable to reproduce blacks adequately either. HDR may be written on the box, but the dynamic range of this screen is anything but high.
Upscaling from the entry-level processor is weak, so terrestrial TV channels can look very blocky.
Things get worse when the picture starts moving. The slow screen shows a lot of motion blur, especially during action or sports, and even when watching dramas. Watching football on Freeview actually made us feel queasy, and that wasn't because our team lost.
Sound comes from a pair of 10W full-range speakers with simulated surround sound. Let's be generous and describe the audio quality as average.
This is one area where we can say we're happy. Panasonic's Smart TV system for 2017 is called my Home Screen 2.0, and it's reasonably comprehensive, with support for BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, My5, Netflix 4K, Amazon Instant Video 4K, and YouTube 4K, with HDR support for streaming.
The remote control includes a handy Netflix button.
The EX600B has more limited connectivity options than Panasonic's more expensive TVs, but it has all the basics covered - Wi-Fi and ethernet for connecting to the internet and your home network, 3 HDMI ports, 2 USBs (including one USB 3.0), a combined component/composite input and a digital audio optical output.
A Freeview tuner is included, but not Freesat.
The TV can also stream content from connected phones and tablets.
Conclusion - not recommended
The Panasonic EX600 is one of the cheapest 49/50 inch TVs with HDR support, but it's not one we can recommend. The price has already fallen significantly since we first reviewed the TV in May, but even at £630 you can find better elsewhere. The Samsung UE50MU6100 costs less but is a better option all round.
Alternatively if you want to stick to Panasonic, we'd recommend spending a little more on the Panasonic EX700B, which is definitely a better option.
Panasonic TX-49EX600B features include:
- 49 inch LED-backlit UHD screen
- 3,840 x 2,160 resolution
- 1300Hz Back Light Motion rate
- Bright Panel
- High Contrast
- Adaptive Backlight Dimming
- Picture modes: Dynamic, Normal, Cinema, True Cinema, Custom
- 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 3 (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, Easy Mirroring
- Standard remote control
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 85W - 149W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 1102 x 644 x 77 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 1102 x 699 x 351 mm
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I interest input lag. Please help me. Thank you.
Asked by Peter
on 25th Nov 2017
Why my panasonic 49ex600 cant connect to hdmi and i cant play video?
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on 24th Sep 2017
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Average rating from 5 reviews:
Reviewed by Alfredo
from United Kingdom
on 2nd Dec 2017
To me it's brilliant. Sorry but your review is totally wrong. If you ask me keep of the wine.
Reviewed by Sab
on 24th Sep 2017
I think this purchase was good in terms of price/value.
I see some of above mentioned failures but it does not disturb the cinema time.
Reviewed by Malcolm Hutcheon
on 15th Aug 2017
Not being a TV snob, and not being someone who spends hours on end in front of one, I have to say that for Joe Ordinary this is a very good buy. Picture quality is more than enough to keep me satisfied, sound is adequate - again, not someone who needs to have the room shaking while watching the latest Marvel movie. Netflix 4K was a bonus I didn't expect, but shows off the quality of the picture. Ironman3 was the first choice of movie I watched, and not once did I think about motion blur. Overall, I'm more than happy with the £629 I spent, and will recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new TV. Perhaps you should consider your audience more before reviewing these yourself?
Reviewed by George
on 31st Jul 2017
Just set my new TX-49EX600B up and am pleased with its performance and looks - mind you, I upgraded from a Sony 40in circa 2006, with the clear plastic surround making it a lovely piece of equipment. However, time moves on and the connections were not current! Anyway, I got this TV at just under £600 so it seemed very good value. It set up quickly and no fuss as well as connection to my Internet - BBC iPlayer no problem and fairly quick! In my living room it fits perfectly and is the exact size for my furniture and room - though I did have to remove the shiny plastic covers from the removeable feet and spray them matt black!! They reflected beams of sunshine from my rear window! However, that was a minor point. A connected keyboard worked fine and is needed for any selection of programme searches - inputting each character on the screen is such a pain! Why don't manufacturers get real? I am happy with the picture though have not tried anything 4k yet. It will probably be like my last TV - never managed to watch any HD content and neither of us found the SD a problem! I think this is good value and will do me for another 5 years.
Reviewed by Joe Bloggs
on 24th Jun 2017
The contrast is low because it's an IPS screen, worse contrast but better viewing angles (in a bright room there would be little or no difference between this and a VA panel). The TVs is deep as its direct LED rather than edge lit which may be advantageous. You never mentioned the input lag for gamers which is amazing, around 20 ms. Of course HD tv looks bad it's 1080i blown up 4 times, it will look naff on any 4K tv. I'm not sure if someone at Panasonic was mean to you in a past life but this review is harsh. I don't think many people will buy at £850 but when it hits the ~£600 mark I think people will snap the TV up.