Panasonic TH-49EX600D LED TV detailed assessment
In relation to tv, Panasonic is kind of the unique worth for cash contender. The corporate has by no means actually undercut costs the way in which Vu, TCL and so on. do, however it’s routinely remained beneath the Samsung, Sony and LG costs. It’s not that Panasonic doesn’t have costly televisions, however even its costliest TVs value lower than its opponents. It’s considerably just like the Motorola of the TV market.
We reviewed the Panasonic Shinobi Professional (assessment) final 12 months, and although the entire above was true for that TV, it lacked the brute power of excessive decision. That’s precisely what the Shinobi Extremely EX600D solves this 12 months, proudly sporting 4K HDR decision, mixed with the corporate’s Hexa Chroma Drive know-how. However that additionally drives up the value, and beginning at Rs. 78,000, the Shinobi Extremely would make for a troublesome resolution for a lot of. Therefore, right here’s the assessment.
Construct and Design
The Panasonic Shinobi Extremely EX600D is just not a price range priced tv, but the corporate selected a simplistic and utilitarian design. You get plastic throughout, and reality be advised, it appears considerably low-cost for the value. The perimeters are skinny sufficient, so it’s nonetheless immersive, so long as you’re watching from the precise viewing distances.
Setting it up is fairly easy, with the stand becoming on the backside. You set in a number of screws and the TV is able to go. It’s additionally straightforward to maneuver when it is advisable to, because it’s a lot lighter than most televisions with its specs. We have been in a position to simply transfer the TV single handedly, with out requiring any assist from others. All of the ports stay on the again of the tv, and there’s no wobble as soon as the stand is about up. Except you’ve made a mistake in fixing the stand, the TV ought to maintain upright in your media centre.
All in all, the Panasonic Shinobi Extremely is a TV for individuals who don’t actually care about how fashionable their media centre appears. It’s a easy and utilitarian design that won’t add flash to your setup, however gained’t hamper it utterly both. The costlier variants in Panasonic’s arsenal do look higher. A plastic, however chrome end would have made this TV look higher and go well with its worth.
Ports and Distant
USB: 2 (USB 2.0 + USB 3.0)
Digital Audio Out (Optical): 1
Headphone out: 1
So far as port placement is anxious, each the USB ports face sideways on the tv, and so they’re accompanied by an HDMI port. These are straightforward to entry, however each different port is positioned on the again, going through downwards, making them troublesome to succeed in. You’d need to use these ports for units which are going to be completely connected to the TV, like a set-top-box.
All of the HDMI ports are HDCP 2.2 compliant, so you’ll have to be certain that each hyperlink within the video chain will must be compliant as nicely. That’s often straightforward to do although. It’s additionally value noting that solely one of many USB ports is of the USB 3.0 commonplace, whereas the opposite solely helps USB 2.0.
Contemplating the entire above, we now have two qualms with the EX600D. The dearth of extra USB ports, particularly these supporting USB 3.0 commonplace, is worrying. Additionally, no less than yet one more HDMI port must be obtainable on any high-end tv. Panasonic’s TV could also be cheaper than opponents, however it’s not an inexpensive TV for positive.
There’s additionally a slight challenge with the corporate’s distant. Panasonic designed a reasonably commonplace distant, however it typically fails to ship indicators to the tv seamlessly. We tried with totally different, out-of-the-box batteries, however connectivity with the TV appeared uneven. It’s not unusable by any stretch of creativeness, however it lacks the seamlessness we’d have preferred. With LG, Samsung and Sony pushing their fashionable and good remotes, this might come to harm Panasonic.
The distant has a Netflix button, for straightforward entry to mentioned content material. Different buttons are fairly tactile, although you do have to press them a tad laborious.
Image High quality
In our expertise, the entire above has all the time been true for Panasonic’s TVs. That mentioned, the corporate often hits it out of the park with superior image high quality. So, once we have been advised that this TV would assist 4K HDR decision, it was an thrilling proposition certainly.
Our expertise with this tv has been considerably combined. Panasonic’s Hexa Chrome Drive know-how supplies wider color gamut and the corporate has revamped it for 4K decision this time. It nonetheless will get the job accomplished too, with properly oversaturated colors, which many would name vivid. That mentioned, it’s crucial to supply top quality content material right here. Out 30-odd GB rip of Star Wars seemed nice, however reality be advised, we’ve seen higher.
The Shinobi Extremely is nice to have a look at, however you’ll not get the very best distinction ratios out of it. At 50% brightness, we examined readings of 570:1 distinction ratios, which is low, particularly for an HDR tv. We additionally discovered the TV’s brightness to be a tad low, although many wouldn’t discover it. The issue although is that for an HDR tv, brighter is all the time higher.
General, the Panasonic Shinobi Extremely can produce first rate image high quality, however we one way or the other count on a tad extra at this worth. Like its design, the image high quality doesn’t fairly dazzle, which might be a problem at these costs. The 49-inch variant that we reviewed is priced at Rs. 1,41,000 and that’s not pocket change.
Software program and Efficiency
The EX600D can also be a wise tv, operating on a forked model of Firefox OS, that’s meant for TVs. It doesn’t make a lot of an impression by the use of look, however it’s a useful UI certainly. You possibly can press the “Residence” button on the distant to entry apps and linked units (like laborious drives), and the UI doesn’t actually depend upon dwelling screens.
It’s a reasonably responsive UI, which is a welcome facet of the tv. We didn’t expertise lengthy wait occasions whereas navigating the UI. So, whereas Panasonic’s software program might not be essentially the most refined or superior, it’s useful, like the remainder of the TV.
The Shinobi Extremely EX600D makes use of two backside firing 10W audio system to ship audio, and it isn’t nice at that. Whereas the tv might be loud sufficient for small and medium sized rooms, it gained’t do for bigger ones. The audio system additionally lack good bass assist, which is available in the way in which of watching motion motion pictures and listening to music typically. The TV will do wonderful for dialogues, however that’s about it.
And Panasonic is nicely conscious of this, which is why it bundles the 49 and 55-inch variants of this TV with the SC-UA7 dwelling audio system. The SC-UA7 is supposed to enhance bass response for the tv, however it’s a must to like unfastened bass to benefit from the audio high quality. It does a good job for listening to music, however we’d actually suggest higher dwelling theater methods or audio system to go together with this TV. The SC-UA7 makes the Panasonic Shinobi Extremely EX600D louder and clearer, which is sufficient for many, however nitpickers and audiophiles will need higher.
Once we reviewed the Panasonic Shinobi Professional final 12 months, we thought it was a worth for cash 1080p various to the costly 4K televisions. Nonetheless, the Shinobi Extremely EX600D enters the elite 4K HDR membership and breaks the Rs. 1 lakh vary. At this worth, you count on solely the most effective and actually no compromises make sense. You will get equally priced and sized 4K HDR TVs from LG and Sony at this worth, and so they’re each higher than Panasonic’s providing.
Basically, whereas the Panasonic Shinobi Extremely EX600D is a useful tv and it does the job, however that simply doesn’t work on this worth vary.