Panasonic VIERA TC-P60UT50 Review
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Screen Type – Plasma
Full HD – Yes / 1080p
3D Ready – Yes
Inputs – 2 HDMI, 2 USB, 2 Audio Ports
Our Rating – 9/10
Best Things About The Panasonic VIERA TC-P60UT50
- At around $1500 it is one of the best 60 inch TVs in terms of value for money
- The picture quality is absolutely brilliant, from color accuracy to black levels to detail
- It has 3D capability plus 2D to 3D conversion technology
- It has lots of online features, including apps and services
Worst Things About The Panasonic VIERA TC-P60UT50
- Picture quality in bright rooms is poor when compared to dark rooms
- Both 3D glasses and Wi-Fi adapter are sold separately
- Only has 2 HDMI inputs
You know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase a plasma from Panasonic; a TV with absolutely stunning picture quality. What sets apart the TC-P60UT50 from earlier models is the improved 600Hz technology which allows pixel switching, this means frames are shorter allowing for much clearer and smooth picture motion.
What is most surprising is how deep the black levels are, as it is not one of the most expensive TVs in the 60 inch range but it produces black levels like it was. This gives the television astounding picture detail, even when showing very dark and dim pictures. The color accuracy is also fantastic, even without any tweaking or custom calibration.
The TC-P60UT50 doesn’t perform well in bright rooms though, due to a lack of light filter which causes a slight reduction in quality of the black levels. Obviously this is not a problem if you’re planning on using it in a dark room or are willing to watch with curtains closed, but it is something to consider.
The Panasonic VIERA TC-P60UT50 allows you to watch 3D content in 3D and it also allows you to convert standard 2D content into 3D. Their True-To-Life technology makes the quality of the 3D conversion as high as possible, by reducing the amount of cross talk and blur as much as possible.
It also uses 24p Cinema Smoother technology which drastically reduces motion blur and jerkiness, which means that pictures are smooth and natural. Unfortunately it does not come with 3D glasses so you’ll have to buy them separately if you want to view in 3D. However the two built-in USB ports make charging your 3D glasses really easy.
The TC-P60UT50 does not come Wi-Fi ready so you will need to buy a wireless adapter separately or you can use an Ethernet cable. Once you’ve connected your TV to the internet, there are a huge amount of apps and online services that you can access straight away.
Some of the most popular and most useful include Netflix (great for films and TV shows), Twitter, Facebook and even Skype which can be used whilst watching live television. You don’t need to worry about memory or hard drives either, because any app or service downloaded won’t be stored on your television, though you can access it whenever you like.
The VIERA TC-P60UT50 comes with two HDMI inputs, which isn’t ideal if you have one or more games consoles plus a Blu Ray player or similar devices. It has a pre-configured game mode that reduces the amount of lag from the connection of your games console to the television, it does make a slight difference and we’d definitely recommend using it.
The power consumption for the VIERA TC-P60UT50 is relatively low compared to other TVs in the 60 inch range, it has an average power consumption of 139W, which would cost you anywhere from $20 to $40 per year in electrical bills depending on usage.
If you used the Panasonic VIERA TC-P60UT50 and weren’t told the price, you would assume it was in the $2000 to $2500 range, however it is roughly $1500 depending on where you buy from. Considering the picture quality plus the extras like the 3D functionality and numerous the online features – this price is stunning.
Our Rating – 9/10 – A Fantastic 60 Inch Plasma TV With A Fantastic Price