Panasonic TVs: Should you buy one?
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Panasonic TVs: All you need to know
Panasonic is one of the longest-standing television manufacturers and has been at the forefront of TV design for many years. The Japanese firm is often associated with high-quality plasma TVs, but it has officially announced an end to plasma TV production starting this year, and will instead focus on LED, OLED and 4K production.
Best Buy TVs from Panasonic vary from affordable 24-inch sets costing under £300, to premium 55-inch models that will set you back almost £2,000. Though Panasonic has had a tough few years in terms of our lab test results, the brand has recently launched a new range of much more impressive models.
Alongside LED televisions, Panasonic makes super-sharp OLED and 4K, also known as ultra-high-definition. Both types of TV are currently expensive, but we expect prices to come down over the coming years. For more information on 4K see our What is 4K TV? guide.
Panasonic smart TV
Panasonic’s smart TV solution is called Smart Viera. It uses the TV’s built-in wi-fi module to connect to your home's wireless internet network.
Panasonic smart TVs now offer web browsing and a variety of apps, including Twitter, Skype and YouTube. However, it still lacks the breadth of catch up TV apps seen on TVs from rival Samsung.
Panasonic TVs can be personalised to individual members of your household through the use of home screens. These can be built from scratch and allow you to arrange the TV’s interface to make the apps you use most prominent.
Panasonic's ‘Swipe & Share’ feature allows the transfer of content from a smartphone to the TV (and vice versa) through a dedicated app. While a related ‘Mirroring’ feature allows you to wirelessly replicate what's displaying on your smartphone on your TV screen.
Panasonic 3D TV
Most new Panasonic Viera TVs are capable of displaying 3D films and broadcast TV programmes. Some Panasonic TVs have the passive 3D TV technology, but most come with active 3D.
As you can discover in our What is 3D TV? guide, active 3D involves you using more expensive glasses that help create the 3D effect, rather than it being handled by the TV as with passive 3D.
Some Panasonic TVs with active 3D come with pairs of glasses included, but not all of them, so it's important to check our reviews to make sure you don't have to shell out more for 3D specs.
Panasonic TV: Model numbers explained
Panasonic's approach to model names is fairly straightforward. All TVs begin with 'TX' denoting UK models and then the first letter in the model name tells you the type of TV it is, for example 'L' means it's an LED TV, and a 'P' is a plasma. The first number then denotes the screen size, for example '42' indicates a 42-inch screen.
The next letters and numbers denote the 'series' the model belongs to, and the features that it has. For example, if the series letter contains a 'T', this denotes 3D capability.
- 'C', 'E', 'U', and 'X' are entry-level models
- 'ET' and 'ST' are mid-range models
- 'DT' and 'WT' are premium LED models
- 'GT' and 'VT' are the premium plasma models