- Good network features
- Panasonic Freetime
- Bright colours, deep blacks
- No game mode
- Only 2 x HDMI
Full Review – Panasonic TX-40CS520B
The Panasonic TX-40CS520B has a stylish two toned design with a black and silver bevel that give a high-end feel. The good new is that this panel is manufactured by Panasonic and is not a re-branded Vestel screen. It’s on the thin side at 4.7cm deep and the stand sits in the centre at a width of 23cm. The Panasonic is wall mountable with a vesa compatible support.
The picture quality is good. Being a mid range TV it posses the Panasonic’s latest technology including a bright panel which allows for adaptive backlight dimming. My first test after setup was BBC one HD. There was a rerun of a show about buying a house abroad. There were frequent panning shots of coastal views and even without any image tweaking the picture delivered. The range of colours between the shallow turquoise water and deep blues left a lasting impression. The bright sunny scenes are full of colour that really does stand out well.
Next test, the darker scenes. I hooked up my PS4 and put Shutter Island on. The opening scenes in the storm were clear with good contrast between the similar black and grey colours. Blacks were deep and backlight bleed wasn’t an issue. The lightening over the ocean lit up the scene and even during the day felt immersive.
The final test, motion blur and sports. The Panasonic TX-40CS520B uses backlight motion rate technology at 100Hz to add additional frames and reduce motion blur. Unfortunately it’s nowhere near as good as the 400Hz you can expect on higher spec models and it shows. The motion blur was noticeable with fast moving objects and quick panning scenes. It’s not a deal breaker and in a way what you would expect from a TV at this price point. It’s definitely the biggest downfall in terms of overall picture quality through because everything else is great.
As mentioned earlier I hooked up my console. I gave Destiny a go, playing a few raids, but there doesn’t seem to be a “game mode” you get on most TV’s. This mode will remove the post image processing for reduced input lag. If you want a TV for console gaming with the PS4 or Xbox One I would suggest taking a look at the cheap but feature light Samsung UE32J5100 instead.
There are two 10W speakers in either side of the Panasonic. I’m a stickler for audio quality so sound from a panel so thin is never going to impress but overall it’s reasonable, if not a little better than what I expected. If this is going in the living room for frequent movie nights and sport then pick up a sound bar, otherwise it’s adequate with little to no distortion until you crank the volume way up.
The Smart TV also allows you to customise apps with Panasonic’s MyHomeScreen where you will find Netflix, Amazon’s TV offering, Youtube amongst others. There is also a web browser and Viera’s swipe and share features. You can pick up an app on your other devices called Viera remote app. This will allow you to display videos, music or images from your phone directly on the TV. The same can be done via USB with playback.
All of your legacy connections are also available including digital audio out, a headphone jack, composite and component connections, scart and finally an audio return HDMI channel. Your old dvd player will survive the transition to this new TV!
The TX-40CS520B is easy to setup straight out of the box. Screw the stand to the panel, hook up the power, and you’re away. The TV will prompt you on connections such as scanning for channels through the Freeview HD tuner or connecting to your home network. The remote is simple to use with mid – large buttons. There’s even a quick launch Netflix button!
This mid range TV from Panasonic is loaded with features. You have USB playback, network connectivity, Freetime, smart features and apps through Panasonic’s MyHomeScreen as well as swipe and share. For a TV at this price point it has a generous offering!