Panasonic TX-40CS520B 40 inch Full HD Smart 1080p LED TV with Freetime - Black [Energy Class A+]
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- High quality LED backlighting gives a high contrast ratio, making blacks appear deeper and whites shine
- Freetime built-in enables to scroll back through TV listings and watch programmes from catch-up services
- VIERA connect allows you to stream video, photos and music from another source, such as your PC, via DLNA
- Swipe and share enables your smartphone or tablet to stream pictures, videos and music straight to the TV
- The built-in 20 W amplifier gives full-bodied sound, while V-Audio produces a more spacious, surround sound effect
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|Connectivity Technology||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||via HDMI||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||HDMI,USB, Ethernet, Wifi||USB; Ethernet; WiFi||wifi|
|Display Resolution Max||1080p Full HD||720p HD Ready||1080p Full HD||4K||4K||720p HD Ready|
|Display Size||40 inches||32 inches||40 inches||49 inches||40 inches||32 inches|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9||16:9||—||16:9||—||16:9|
|Item Dimensions||90.4 cm x 4.7 cm x 5.18 m||73.3 x 7.1 x 43.7 cm||8.8 x 90.2 x 52.1 cm||1.1 m x 5.48 cm x 63.87 cm||6.5 x 89.9 x 51.8 cm||73.5 x 6.6 x 44.6 cm|
|Item Display Weight||10.5 kg||—||—||—||—||—|
|Item Weight||10.5 kg||6.5 kg||8 kg||16.1 kg||12 kg||4.9 kg|
|Special Feature||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet|
|Tuner Technology||mpeg4||DVB-T/T2||mpeg4||DVB-S2 (HD)||DVB-S2 (HD)||freeview HD|
Energy efficiency classA+ to F
On-mode power consumption42 Watts
Energy consumption59 Kilowatts per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.
Visible screen diagonal40" / 102 cm
Size Name: 40-inch | Style Name: TV Only
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Panasonic TX-40CS520B 40 inch Full HD Smart 1080p LED TV with Freetime - Black.
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Widescreen 1080p Full HD LED TV with Freeview Tuner and Freetime
With a minimalist pedestal stand and slim narrow bezel, Panasonic CS500 Series LED TVs combine the better in connected TV technology with a slim design certain to enhance any room interior. For enhanced high definition image quality, 100 Hz Back Light Blinking (BLB) picture technology ensures sports and action movies look crisp, while a content optimizer makes the most of every connected source, from YouTube to set top boxes. Never owned a Smart TV before? Don’t worry. A built-in wireless LAN makes it easier than ever to connect this TV to the Internet. These models also come with Freetime, the service from Freeview, which allows you to catch up on the last 7 days of TV across 26 channels with the roll back TV guide.
With this model you will have freetime built-in, which means that you receive the advantages of a roll back TV guide (for the past 7 days on selected channels). On Demand TV and video from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player*, All 4, Demand 5, YouTube (Freesat boxes only) the BBC News and BBC Sport apps.
*ITV Player is available in England, Wales and The Channel Islands
Internet App-capable TVs can go onto the internet to access a wide range of apps, video on demand services and games stored in the Cloud.
Use a wide variety of apps on your large TV screen.
Swipe and Share
Swipe and share lets you 'throw' content from smartphones and tablets onto your TV screen simply by swiping your fingers up your portable devices touchscreens. Connecting your smart devices to your TV is now easier thanks to Panasonic TV Remote app.
Adaptive Backlight Dimming
Delivers both deep blacks in dark scenes and plenty of punch in bright scenes. TV’s with adaptive backlight dimming constantly analyse incoming pictures so that they can continually adjust their light output to deliver the optimum picture quality.
Organises recommended content into an easy-to-navigate interface. It actually learns what sort of content you prefer and compiles a better list or 'stream' of content it thinks you might like. The material recommended can include TV shows, Video On Demand and Internet content.
Internet service required. Available content may vary by product, model and location, and may require fees. Specifications and product information are subject to change.
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It seemed somewhat fortuitous then when I discovered that Amazon had a 'Prime Day' event coming up a mere two weeks after the floor/TV interface disaster, so I waited with baited breath to see what sort of deals would be coming up on TV's. I was initially a little disappointed with the offers that appeared, but if I've learned anything about these sales is that the really juicy deals start popping up towards the end, so when I saw this Panasonic one selling at almost half it's RRP I whooped with joy and excitedly clicked on the 'buy' button.
>>>WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Thanks as ever to Amazon Prime, the TV arrived the very next day in its impressively slim but long box, so I set about unboxing it and examining the contents. In the box you obviously get the TV itself, its remote control (complete with batteries), stand, power cable and a very, very thin instruction manual.
>>>WHAT'S THE TV LIKE?
Compared to my clunky old JVC TV (which was admittedly rather cheap and nasty) this one is like a luxury yacht. When it comes to aesthetics it's a pretty subtle beast with incredibly slim and glossy black bezels, a gunmetal-coloured strip along the bottom and a couple of LED's to the bottom-left of the screen. It's not exactly stunning to look at but function over form is always a mark of a quality bit of kit if you ask me.
If you're going to be using the included stand for this TV, it's actually an impressive and attractive looking stand which is made from metal rather than plastic and attaches to the TV with four screws.
Around the back of the TV, you'll find two HDMI ports, a set of component AV inputs, a coaxial aerial connector, an ethernet port, a SPDIF (digital audio in/out) port and a SCART socket. On its left side, there's a single USB socket, a 3.5mm audio jack port and a smart card/CI module slot.
The included remote control is of a very good quality (as expected from Panasonic) and in addition to the usual controls it also has a dedicated Netflix button and one to access its 'apps' menu.
>>>IS THE TV EASY TO SET UP?
The first thing I obviously needed to do was to remove the old TV from the new (and now bolted-to-the-bricks) wall bracket and pop the mounting plate onto the new one. This was easy-peasy so I had the new TV up onto the bracket in a matter of five minutes or so. Once mounted to the bracket, it was a simple case of popping the various cables into the back of the telly and turning it on.
I should probably mention at this point that this is my first 'Smart' TV. I used to sell TV's for a living a few years back so am used to setting bog standard ones up, which usually involves plugging the aerial into them and tuning them in and that's it - job done. When you first turn this one on, it's a rather different process and I was incredibly surprised and impressed when it started speaking to me. Yep - that's right, this TV will talk you through the setup process and give you an introduction to its features and how to use them, so it will guide you through the processes of connecting to WiFi, tuning it in and will even go as far as giving you a tour of the 'home screen' features.
Oh, and if you are wondering why the TV arrives with a very, very thin (almost nonexistent) instruction manual, that's because the instructions are built-in to the TV, so if you're one of those people who likes to examine a gadget's instruction manual before doing anything else with it, you're in for a bit of a shock with this one!
>>>WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
Once it's all set up, it will probably become apparent to you (as it did to me) that this isn't just a TV. It's a multimedia computer that's got access to the internet, so you've got access to Netflix, Amazon Video and various other streaming networks. In addition to that, you can browse the web, check the weather and all sorts of other stuff. Seriously, this is an impressively featured TV that's leaps and bounds ahead of the ones I'm used to. This TV will also connect to any DNLA devices on your network, so I was supremely impressed when I found that it discovered my NAS box and was able to access all of the videos, photos and music on it! I'd probably be here all day if I was to go into all of its features I'd be here all day, but suffice to say that it's definitely not lacking in them!
>>>SOUND AND VISION
I suppose I should eventually get around to writing something about the picture and audio quality of this TV, then! Now, since this isn't a Full HD TV (which is something I remain slightly disappointed about) you only get 720P from it, but I take a good deal of solace from the fact that the actual picture quality from this set is nothing short of stunning - as I fully expected from a Panasonic. When connected to my Virgin box in the living room and playing a HD channel, the clarity and sharpness offered is really rather good. With the picture settings set to 'Dynamic', the contrast is amazing; the blacks stay remarkably black and the light colours remain vibrant and bright. There's a massive amount of adjustment in the picture settings which allow you to tailor it to your preferences, too - so you should be able to get them to exactly how you like them.
My old JVC TV had absolutely atrocious sound with no low-end at all, so I had to resort to connecting it to an iPod docking speaker in order to get decent sound from it, which was admittedly a complete pain in the unmentionables. Thankfully, this Panasonic set comes armed with a simply astounding pair of speakers which have a wonderfully rounded sound to them with a fair bit of bass grunt, so I can do away with the iPod dock at last. Even when sitting 7-8 feet away, the sound fills the room nicely and is remarkably clear and loud.
>>>SHOULD I BUY ONE?
I don't usually get excited about TV's these days, but this Panasonic beast is quite simply stunning. The wealth of features, the simplicity of controlling it and the exquisite picture and sound quality it offers is nothing short of incredible.
Having said that, it seems at this price point, there will be compromises to make whatever TV you buy. I found according to my research that this TV was best overall (in terms of Smart features, screen and sound) for the budget I had (<£400) and size I wanted (~40").
Very good picture quality on HD channels
Normal digital channels the picture quality is ok but nothing special.
The sound quality is very good from this tv considering the size of the speakers, copes well with music and movies at a high level.
Aesthetically it's a good looking slim tv.
With all the relevant catch up tv apps.
The big negative for me is the amount of time or takes to load the guide! 10 seconds! How did Panasonic not pick this up? It's painfully slow.
The TV is a very attractive design in my opinion. The bezel is about 1cm, and barely thicker along the bottom edge. One nitpick would be the green power on LED on the front is on the bright side. It doesn't bother me, but I know lots of people who would find it distracting. Nothing a bit of tape wouldn't fix.
The image quality is very good and exceeded my expectations for a TV in this price range. Black levels and motion handling were two big concerns for me with this set, as in this world you generally get what you pay for. I'm happy to say I needn't have worried. After a bit of tweaking the brightness and contrast settings I've managed to improve on what was already a good picture out of the box. Movies & sport look great, especially in HD, and I've generally been impressed with the colour saturation and contrast. I'm a photographer so I would say I have above average demands for image quality, and this panel delivers. There is a minor amount of motion blur and stutter if you look for it with certain content, but to be quite honest it's no worse than my friend's Samsung at 3x the price. It's just the nature of the technology.
Sound, again, is above average and above expectations. Admittedly I have an ideal setup (centre wall mounted in a square room) but I would say the speakers are more than capable for most people if you're just watching TV and the occasional film. I was going to buy a sound bar but I'm debating whether to bother now.
So what's bad about this TV? I did my research before buying, and, while I can't attest to this personally, there are apparently better sets out there if you're serious about gaming due to variable/nothing special input lag. It was also mentioned that viewing angles are slightly disappointing, and I would say this is a fair criticism. Off angle, the colour saturation drops off significantly, so this may not be the best choice for some rooms. It's not terrible - and it probably suffers in comparison with being so good when viewed straight on - but it's worthy of note nevertheless.
Another mark down is for general UI sluggishness. It's not super bad, but it could be quicker. I'm also finding the remote layout a little less than perfect - specifically it's too easy to hit the Netflix button instead of the up arrow when you're navigating. Again, a nitpick, but they do add up.
On the subject of apps, they all work as expected, with one notable exception: the Amazon video app. It's unusable. I can't play any content for more than 5 minutes without it pausing and buffering. And it IS the app and not my internet connection; all the other apps work fine SD & HD. I can't even play SD content from Amazon. It is a massive disappointment for me as I'd purchased a digital box set on Amazon to enjoy on my new TV. Consider yourself warned if you're a heavy Prime video user.
Despite these shortcomings, the TV impresses where it counts and I'm happy with my purchase.
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