The HX800 is Panasonic’s eagerly awaited mid-range LED LCD TV for 2020. Whereas it doesn’t precisely match as much as the model’s flagship OLEDs (just like the £4,000 HZ2000) it nonetheless manages to pack in premium options together with ALLM and common HDR assist. Having launched at solely £699, it’s since been seen on sale for as little as £599.
Because the sequel to our top-rated mid-range 4K TV of 2019, the Panasonic GX800, we’ve been anticipating the HX800’s arrival for a really very long time. Learn on to search out out why we’re so excited and see if it’s the proper 4K HDR TV for you.
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Panasonic HX800: Key specs
|Display sizes out there:||40in TX-40HX800B,
|Panel kind:||VA-type LED LCD (edge-lit)|
|Decision:||4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160)|
|HDR codecs:||HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, Hybrid-Log Gamma|
|Audio enhancement:||Dolby Atmos, ARC|
|HDMI inputs:||3 x HDMI 2.0|
|Streaming providers:||Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Freeview Play and so on.|
|Tuners:||Freeview HD, Freesat HD|
|Gaming options:||ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode)|
|Wi-fi connectivity:||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Sensible platform:||My Residence Display 5.0|
Panasonic HX800: What it’s essential to know
On paper, the Panasonic HX800 stacks up equally to its predecessor, the GX800. It has a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) VA-type LCD panel that’s LED edge-lit and a 60Hz refresh charge. Just like the GX800, it additionally helps all 4 mainstream HDR codecs and makes use of a Panasonic HCX image processor. It even has the identical chassis/stand design as final yr’s mannequin.
The HX800 is obtainable in 40in, 50in, 58in and 65in sizes. You might also spot a Panasonic HX820 making the rounds on-line. This mannequin seems to be unique to John Lewis however it’s truly an identical to the HX800 when it comes to its specs and efficiency. The HX820 could have small beauty variations (i.e. the color of the stand) however, no matter they’re, they aren’t listed.
The HX800 has a sturdy construct and, as a result of it’s edge-lit, it’s fairly slender too. The sting lighting additionally makes the HX800 extra economical to run, however there are some downsides. Whereas it would look nice for on a regular basis viewing in most residing rooms, the constraints of strip lighting may grow to be extra noticeable when watching in a darkened room.
Panasonic does state that the TV’s native dimming options will guarantee a very good degree of distinction between darkish and light-weight areas however it merely gained’t be as efficient because the outcomes achieved by a TV with full-array native dimming (FALD). These fashions don’t come as low cost, nonetheless. In 2020, essentially the most reasonably priced Samsung QLED with FALD is the Q80T, beginning at £1,299 for the 49in variant.
As talked about, the HX800 helps the 4 important HDR requirements, specifically HDR10, HDR10+, the broadcast-friendly HLG and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. For a TV of this value, that’s a rarity.
You possibly can’t anticipate the world from a mid-range TV relating to Excessive Dynamic Vary playback however final yr’s GX800 greater than exceeded our expectations, delivering wealthy colors and distinctive spotlight element regardless of its restricted peak brightness. We sit up for extra of the identical from the HX800.
Panasonic’s My Residence Display working system serves because the portal to numerous nice streaming providers together with Netflix and Prime Video, so you’ll be able to get pleasure from a big selection of 4K HDR content material, and you may also stream from free UK catch-up platforms like BBC iPlayer.
Although the Panasonic HX800 doesn’t assist next-gen HDMI 2.1 gaming options like Variable Refresh Fee and 4K 120Hz, it does at the least provide ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode) for activating the TV’s Recreation Mode and lowering enter lag – final yr’s GX800 delivered ultra-fast response instances of simply 15ms.
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Panasonic HX800: Value and competitors
Costs for the Panasonic HX800 initially began at £699 for the entry-level 40in mannequin, going proper as much as £1,399 for the top-end 65in variant. This time round, you’ll be able to decide up the 40in for roughly £599, whereas the 65in is now round £1,099. That’s not dangerous worth, particularly for the 40in, and much more so when you think about that the GX800 40in from 2019 nonetheless prices £600.
One of many HX800’s key rivals this yr is the Samsung Q60T, which is essentially the most reasonably priced of Samsung’s 4K QLED fashions for 2020. Having launched at £799, the Q60T 43in has come right down to £545 at varied on-line retailers, making it fairly the discount for a TV with quantum dot know-how, three good assistants onboard and multi-HDR assist. It misses out on Dolby Imaginative and prescient however does include eARC assist for increased bandwidth audio connections.
You may additionally wish to look out for the LG NANO81, presently £599 (a reduction of £300) for the 49in mannequin. This TV has a NanoCell layer, which is LG’s different to QLED, and it affords wider viewing angles than each the Q60T and HX800 attributable to its IPS-type LCD panel. It doesn’t have Dolby Imaginative and prescient or HDR10+ assist, nonetheless, so the HX800 remains to be the popular possibility for dynamic HDR playback.