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Panasonic TX-L65WT600 review

This is the shape of 4K Ultra HD TVs to come - packing HDMI 2.0 and amazing pictures

Our Verdict

Panasonic's TX-L65WT600 offers the first sighting of tomorrow's high frame rate 4K, and it's a thrilling display.

For

  • Fabulous 4K image quality
  • HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 for 2160p 50/60Hz support
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Statement glass and metal design
  • Dual tuners

Against

  • Lacklustre audio performance
  • Limited catch-up services
  • Poor off axis viewing

The Panasonic TX-L65WT600, at £5,499 (about US$8,859 and AU$9,346) is the shape of 4K Ultra HD TVs to come.

In truth, it's actually shaped much like any other well-heeled 65-inch 8 million pixel screen, the real difference being the inclusion of an HDMI 2.0 input and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity.

Effectively, what we have here is the first genuinely future-proofed Next Gen TV.

Scores in depth
design

Features

Usability

performance

value

And with 4K TV standards still a broiling soup, that's a trump card that can't be ignored.

Features wise, the TX-L65WT600 mirrors what you'll find on Panasonic's high-end LED LCD and plasma offerings.

The user experience is built around the brand's My Home Screen portal, which peppers the launch screen with preferred apps. There's a fair range of connected services to choose from, from YouTube to subscription VOD.

The Panasonic TX-L65WT600 is also undeniably gorgeous. It embraces the glass and metal aesthetic seen on the brand's DT and ZT screens, and features a pop-up webcam and artful pedestal. The panel itself is reassuringly hefty, although it's a bugger to lift as the bottom of the screen has a transparent lip that cuts into your hand like a plastic machete.

Connections comprise four HDMIs (one of which is flagged 4K compatible), three USBs, inputs for Scart and component/composite video (adaptors provided), Ethernet and DisplayPort 1.2.

Panasonic TX L65WT600 connections
The Panasonic TX-L65WT600 ticks all the connection boxes

The latter is the first time we've seen this on a consumer TV, and can be used to deliver audio plus 4096 x 2160 at 50/60Hz. There's also an SD card reader, optical digital output for use with a soundbar and suchlike and (redundant) CI card slot. Wi-Fi is integrated.

As with the rest of Panasonic's business-class fleet, there are two Freeview HD tuners and two Freesat HD tuners. With a USB hard drive connected, you can cache live TV. The panel is Active Shutter 3D ready; two pairs of RF shuttering glasses are included in the box.

4k input Panasonic TX L65WT600
The HDMI 2.0 input is clearly labelled

Features

The WT600 mirrors the feature bouquet of Panasonic's Full HD crowd. There's the same Dragon powered speech tutorial and user interface, and My Home Screen is beguiling in its simplicity. The set comes with a secondary Bluetooth touchpad with integrated microphone.

Panasonic's Internet connected TVs aren't strong when it comes to catch-up though, offering just BBC iPlayer.

However, there are other diversions available, including Netflix, YouTube, iConcerts, Skype, DailyMotion and EuroSport. The VIERA Connect Market offers more, including Crunchyroll, Woomi, Vimeo and Viewster, but you'll need to create a VIERA Connect account before you can download them. There's also Facebook and Twitter for socially addicted telly addicts.

As a media player, the TV is excellent when it comes to USB. The stick reader can play most popular codecs and containers. Across a network, though, the set ignores MKVs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Memory Card ReaderYes
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)43 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption162 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power18 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand960 mm
Width with Stand1468 mm
Depth with Stand425 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year225 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height863 mm
Width1468 mm
Depth56 mm
Sound SystemVR-Audio Surround 2.1
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Web Browser, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Picture on Picture
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L65WT600B
Product NameTX-L65WT600B 65" Smart Viera LED 4K TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L65WT600B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing InformationTHE RESOLUTION REVOLUTION

TV's newest innovation is its most beautiful yet. With 3840x2160 resolution, 4K display fits four times as many pixels into the screen than eyen Full HD, meaning you see more ofthe ultra-fine detail - and making the world you look at inside the screen appear as real as the one outside your window.

With greater detail, depth and sharpness t you'll feel the power of4K, and see just what you've been missing.

And, even compared to other 4K screens, there's so much more to see, do and share with SmartVIERA 4K Ultra HD TV- now is the time to joi the resolution revolution.
Package Contents
  • TX-L65WT600B 65" Smart Viera LED 4K TV
  • 2 x 3D Eyewear
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)38 kg