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Panasonic TX-L55WT65 review

Panasonic's flagship LCD TV with 3D, 3600Hz motion handling and local dimming

Usability

For the most part, the Panasonic TX-L55WT65 is exceptionally easy to use considering how extensive its feature count is. The main reason for this is My Home Screen: Panasonic's inspired new on-screen interface, designed to make it easier to access all the many content streams the television has to offer.

My Home Screen provides a selection of themed content hub screens right out of the box, but also brilliantly enables you to set up multiple new hubs of your own.

This effectively means that different members of your household can all have their own hubs providing shortcuts to exclusively the content types they're interested in.

Panasonic TX L55WT65 review

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The ease with which you can create your personal hubs is exceptional, and also laudable is the lengths Panasonic goes to to make sure you always know where you are in the menus and where to go if you need a little help.

The Panasonic TX-L55WT65's installation menus are impressively in-depth too, and they crucially introduce you to Panasonic's new Viera Remote 2 app for your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

With this brilliantly designed app you can easily 'cast' content from your smart device to the TV or vice versa, just by swiping your finger across your smartphone or tablet's screen.

There's room for improvement, perhaps, with the menu system that Panasonic uses to deliver its countless picture adjustments, but in most ways the Panasonic TX-L55WT65's operating system is a template for rivals to learn from.

Sound

Panasonic TX L55WT65 review

The Panasonic TX-L55WT65's sound is OK, but it's not quite as assured as it could do with being, given the set's flagship status and high price.

It manages to produce a fair amount of raw volume, and can do this without its speakers starting to phut or distort. It also reaches higher treble levels than many TVs, without sounding thin or harsh.

However, even the addition of a rear-mounted woofer speaker doesn't help the Panasonic TX-L55WT65 to produce enough bass to stop soundtracks from feeling a little lopsided and unconvincing during action scenes.

Value

Panasonic TX L55WT65 review

Some of the other £2,000-plus 55-inch TVs that we've seen this year have been spectacular in almost every way.

This £2,250 (around US$3,490 / AU$3,845) Panasonic, though, isn't entirely convincing with its black levels, its sound or its online video services. And these shortcomings all added up ultimately make it look unduly expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption203 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power18 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand814 mm
Width with Stand1227 mm
Depth with Stand358 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year126 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height717 mm
Width1227 mm
Depth32 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Picture in Picture, Hotel Mode, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L55WT65B
Product NameTX-L55WT65B 55" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L55WT65B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information55" Smart VIERA LED TV - Fully-featured Smart VIERA TV with state-of-the-art design (Energy Efficiency Class A+)

Highly precise frame generation and insertion create smoothly flowing images. Fine light-emission control by 8-Phase Backlight Scanning also minimises flicker to ensure smooth images without afterimages.

By combining the IPS Panel, with its excellent viewing angle characteristics, and a phase filter, beautiful images are reproduced with excellent brightness, colour, and contrast even when viewed from an angle.

The portal screen menu leads you to a wide variety of content in addition to TV, including internet videos and photos. You have complete access to it all as soon as you turn on the TV. *Requires broadband Internet service.

Deep black expression is made possible by a new filter that suppresses external reflections. A new backlight area control technology also divides the display into 16 portions and provides more detailed brightness control to produce images with stronger contrast. Night skies are crisp with deep shades of black, and the surfaces of nighttime lakes and seas are vibrant and detailed.

Package Contents
  • TX-L55WT65B 55" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)16 kg