- Mozilla operating system with quad core processor
- Freeview play
- Great image quality with 4k display
- Good value for money
- Need the picture fine tuning out of the box
- No scart connector
- Small amount of backlight bleed in dark rooms
Full Review – Panasonic TX-40DX600B
As with all modern day TVs that offer a wide range of post image processing they need to be tweaked a little out of the box to extract the best image for your preference. I’m in a fortunate situation that last year I tested the Panasonic TX-40CX400B so have a lower spec Panasonic 4k panel as a benchmark and reference. After some tweaking I settled on the “true cinema” viewing mode with the backlight knocked down slightly and the contrast up. I was very happy with the results. I selected a 4k video from the YouTube app of slow panning nature shots. The image was clear and sharp with the 4k panel giving you exactly what you would expect, great picture quality!
The Panasonic has a bright panel which is standard on all mid – high range TVs. This means that the screen handles bright rooms and reflections well. Both Panasonic’s I have tested with this feature have stood up to a sunny day with the blinds open really well. There are colour settings that you can adjust slightly from Cool through to Warm. I found that the highest warm setting gave the best colours with skin tones and scenery looking true to form.
The 40 inch model uses a VA panel that has really deep blacks that contrast well. You can also use Panasonic’s adaptive dimming technology which will turn off the select LED lights to produce a greater contrast between the deep black and bright colourful parts of the picture. I tried it both on and off and found it does definitely improve the picture, but there is a small noticeable fade from grey through to black when lights are fast moving across the screen. Overall though it’s a really good panel for the price!
The 800Hz BMR(backlight motion rate) from the quad core processor works well for sports fans. The artificial frames that reduce motion blur worked well and gave a good sports performance. It’s superior to any of the really low spec entry level 4k TV’s on the market. As for gaming there is a game mode that removes post image processing. I hooked up both an Xbox One and Ps4. Although I only used the Playstation for gaming, there were no issues and the upscaling to 4k game a good image. I was again impressed by the performance.
Finally we can take a look at upscaling. It looks great with 1080p dvds and 4k streaming but how does the upscaling work. After all if you watch TV then upscaling is of utmost importance. There is a noticeable difference between a 4k source and the standard definition TV but overall the image still keeps a lot of clarity with lifelike colours and sharp edges. Another tick in the plus column for the Panasonic. Only real negative I did have was a slight bit of backlight bleed around the edges in a dark room. Not a deal breaker though!
The Panasonic TX-40DX600B is equipped with two 10W speakers. It’s a slim TV so there’s not much room for top end speakers. The sound performance was reasonable with no distortion in voices or music unless you take the volume up far too high. The sound quality is more than adequate for the living room however if you want that true immersive experience whilst watching films, or some bass when listening to music then as always I would suggest hooking up a separate sound system.
The TV can be hooked up directly to the network of via wifi. Panasonic have taken a new direction and started using the Mozilla operating system combined with my Home Screen 2.0. This gives you full customisation of your app placement and also access to the store to pick up new ones if you desire.
Finally we have Freeview Play. This is very similar to the previously named Freetime which allows you to scroll back through the TV guide on selected channels for up to 7 days. It hooks up with the on demand players to stream the old programs at your pleasure. There is of course the Freeview HD tuner and electronic program guide built in.
The Panasonic TX-40DX600B is very simple to setup. That is of course after you decide which way around you’re going to mount the stand. Language, tuner and network settings are configured out of the box on first power up. From there the menus are easy to navigate but I would advise playing around with the picture settings as with any LED TV to find the optimal picture quality for your preference.
The Mozilla OS smart features are designed to be simple to navigate and the quad core processor makes sure everything is as smooth as possible. There is very little input delay between the remote and screen as you get on some of the lower end models.
The TV is loaded with future proofing and extra features. It’s capable of streaming 4k content as well as taking 4k from an external source with 2 x HDCP 2.2 HDMI inputs. It has the network smart features as well as access to the app store to expand your connection upon the arrival of any new technology. There’s also the ability to playback and record to USB and use your tablet or smartphone as the remote via the Viera remote app. This will also allow you to use the swipe and share features between the TV and your other devices. The Panasonic TX-40DX600B is certainly prepared for the future with a wide variety of extras.