Fortunately, 2014’s Panasonic AS530 sequence is firmly within the good-value camp, with a sensible design and respectable efficiency given the inexpensive worth. Whereas it may well’t probably compete with the superb M sequence from Vizio and its native dimming system, that is nonetheless a succesful tv with an attention grabbing look. In the event you’re searching for options, nevertheless, it would not have something past display screen mirroring and good TV. Particularly, followers of 3D and players ought to look elsewhere.
Sequence data: I carried out a hands-on analysis of the TC-50AS530U, however this overview additionally applies to the opposite display screen sizes within the sequence. All sizes have similar specs and in response to the producer ought to present very comparable image high quality.
Panasonic has lagged behind the opposite firms for a few years when it comes to design — solely sometimes pulling out slick models such because the Z1 plasma . However now that plasma is actually useless, it appears the corporate has been in a position to redirect its efforts towards making its TVs look extra engaging. Certainly, the brand new AS530 appears very “good” with a razor-thin black bezel and top-of-the-line skeletal pedestal stands but.
The distant management is among the huge, pleasant wands the corporate has produced for a while now and it helpfully features a Netflix shortcut.
The menu system is accessible by the small Menu button within the high left of the distant and incorporates a pretty easy set of controls for altering the image and sound.
|Show know-how:||LCD||LED backlight:||Edge-lit|
|Cable field management:||No||IR blaster:||N/A|
|3D know-how:||N/A||3D glasses included:||No|
|Display end:||Semi-matte||Refresh fee:||120Hz|
|Display mirroring:||Sure||Management through app||Sure|
The AS530 is Panasonic’s “mainstream” mannequin nevertheless it comes with out at the least one of many mainstream options you would have anticipated up to now: 3D. That is changing into a development amongst TV producers with Vizio jettisoning the know-how altogether in 2014.
The tv additionally has Swipe and Share content material sharing however you might want to use the Panasonic TV Distant 2 app and navigate to your native recordsdata, however the course of is not notably intuitive or well-designed.
In 2014 Panasonic has rebranded its good TV system as Lifescreen — a reputation it had beforehand used on a big plasma — and it unsurprisingly has a “way of life” focus. Nonetheless, the interface is similar to final yr’s with a sequence of welcome pages to select from. In the event you’re an influence consumer, you will in all probability use the full-screen model, although the approach to life web page with notepads and calendars are good for fun and some extent at the least. (Memo to Panasonic: Nobody needs to make use of their TV for productiveness. NO. ONE.)
Including apps is a bit more irritating on the Panasonic than on units from different producers; you will must fill out onscreen types plus set a PIN. Do not attempt to use the distant — join a keyboard otherwise you’ll go insane. All of this added safety is probably going as a result of a) there are porn apps and b) you should purchase stuff, like TVs.
Additionally from the “ever heard of SMS?” recordsdata comes the Distant Sharing function that’s imagined to allow you to share “video memos, messages, and different data” to the Residence Display by the app, nevertheless it would not but work. I, for one, will not be holding my breath for when it does.
The selection of apps is pretty complete although and consists of a lot of the ones you would hope for, barring Spotify. The apps are organized on a gray grid and you’ll transfer them round if you want. It is not a very apps interface, particularly when in comparison with flashy, speedy ones like LG’s WebOS system. For a full have a look at the apps provided, take a look at our huge listing.
Whereas the E60 provided a plethora of image settings the successor has been scaled again considerably. Certain, nobody can use a 10-point system with out costly gear and calibrating a finances TV professionally would value a lot as to not be value it, however these controls have been a “good to have.” Additionally lacking are secondary colour controls which made it just a little troublesome to get correct yellow particularly.
The TV is just a little bare-bones within the digital connectivity division, with solely two, non-MHL HDMI ports and an optical-out. Even two USB ports appear skimpy given the variety of cameras, arduous drives, and keyboards fashionable good TVs evidently must function to their full potential.
If you wish to plug your Wii and even an outdated VCR in then the Panasonic comes with a hybrid part/composite port.
Web functionality is courtesy of an Ethernet port and onboard Wi-Fi.
Image high quality
The AS530 may very well be seen because the religious successor to Panasonic E60 as a result of regardless that they differ on key image high quality factors the top result’s about the identical. Extra importantly the TV was in a position to sustain with the Sony KDL-W800B in most facets besides colour. Whereas on paper the Sony has a a lot better black-level rating, in use they have been on a par, with the Panasonic able to darker black bars throughout films — necessary for making a better sense of distinction. Colour, however, was largely good aside from purple and yellow, which have been barely “out” in contrast with the opposite televisions in my lineup.
Click on the picture on the proper to see the image settings used within the overview and to learn extra about how this TV’s image controls labored throughout calibration.
For a TV that lacks native dimming the Panasonic properly amongst its friends for black ranges, although shadow element may very well be just a little higher. I loaded up our check PlayStation 3 unit with some darkish movies and located that the Panasonic was equal to the Sony and Samsung for blacks relying on the scene.
Shadow element was good to middling, and through “Driver” (Chapter 7, 35:09), the titular character sits at a desk with a lamp overhead. On all televisions however the TCL you can also make out the baseboard on the wall and the desk legs. Nonetheless the Panasonic wasn’t as clear as its rivals Sony and Vizio, with some some obfuscation of wonderful element.
Switching to the “Harry Potter” hilltop scene, there was loads of element within the crowd, with the robes of the darkish lord displaying definition and 3D depth. As well as the Panasonic had darker black bars on this scene than each the Sony W800B and Samsung H6350, which added to the notion of distinction.
Colour saturation of the Panasonic is excellent and pores and skin tones particularly seem pure and never overblown. However placed on a film with purple and yellow palettes, reminiscent of “Samsara,” and the variations between this and the opposite TVs will seem. From the ceremonial headwear of the monks to the gold hues of the buddha statues, the yellows of the Samsung weren’t as vivid as on our reference Panasonic ST60 and Vizio M sequence televisions. As well as, pure reds have been a small contact purple, one thing that could not be seen on something bar the TCL; that TV was simply flat-out dangerous.
The Panasonic was an OK performer when it got here to video processing duties, for whereas it failed the 1080i check sample with extreme strobing (that means misplaced wonderful element) it handed all the others. The 24P check was handed with a scarcity of judder brought on by pull-down error, and the TV was in a position to get a full 1080 strains of decision utilizing the Sturdy movement image setting.
In the event you’re a gamer seeking to discover a responsive set then the AS530 is unquestionably not for you. There is no such thing as a devoted sport mode on this TV and consequently it turned out a reasonably common lag time of 52.4ms of lag. Units just like the Sony W800B have lower than half of this and go for the same worth.
Regardless of being an edge-lit set, the blacks of the AS530 have been very uniform with no vibrant backlight leaks obvious to spoil darkish scenes. When considered off-axis the tv managed to carry its colour and black ranges higher than most and would make this TV appropriate when you have a large area or plenty of individuals watching without delay.
When watched in vibrant mild, the AS530 put in a sterling efficiency with deep distinction — it did not undergo the blue-black downside you generally see on different units below lights — and saturated colours. The display screen incorporates a matte coating and was as profitable as the opposite assembled units at rejecting reflections.
Sound high quality
If there’s a greater candidate for recommending you purchase an exterior sound bar than this TV I might love to listen to about it. The Panasonic has very poor sound high quality, particularly with music. The telly options no bass response in any way and was actually quiet at half-volume. On our check monitor, Nick Cave seemed like he was on the finish of a tunnel with rolled-up piece of cabinet at his lips, however this was nonetheless preferable to the ST60, which had a very “farty” bass. The Panasonic’s rival Sony had higher sound with extra presence, nevertheless it was just a bit bit flatulent within the bass areas.
No bass, and no treble both meant the breaking of glass in our check “Mission: Inconceivable” scene was rather less than “smashing.” Against this the Sony exhibited extra midrange element and so extra atmosphere. The Panasonic appeared just a little too hemmed in, although at the least speech was nonetheless intelligible.
|GEEK BOX: Take a look at||End result||Rating|
|Black luminance (0%)||0.015||Common|
|Avg. gamma (10-100%)||2.15||Good|
|Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)||2.130||Good|
|Darkish grey error (20%)||1.663||Good|
|Shiny grey error (70%)||1.639||Good|
|Avg. colour error||1.494||Good|
|1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)||Move||Good|
|1080i De-interlacing (movie)||Fail||Poor|
|Movement decision (max)||1080||Good|
|Movement decision (dejudder off)||320||Poor|
|Enter lag (Sport mode)||52.4||Common|
Panasonic TC 50AS530U calibration report