Panasonic TC-58AX800U 4K UHD LED TV via Amazon
Panasonic TC-58AX800U is a mid to late 2014 model high quality 4K UHD resolution modern LED TV offering true cinema quality with a THX 4K certified display, the same colour gamut range of a plasma screen television and great majority of all pro Digital Cinema Initiatives studio colour standards and video quality, great Smart TV features with the easy to operate Life+ Screen and Ultra high definition resolution offering 4 times sharper and clearer picture than a 1080p resolution Full HD TV and is 3D capable and comes with 2 x 3D glasses. Panasonic also gives you two remote controller options- one with regular buttons and another with trackpad style for easy navigation on screen.
Sleek and modern Panasonic TC-58AX800U weighs 105.9 lbs (a lot of weight is for the base) and measure 11.6 x 51.5 x 31.7 inches- not a super thin TV but the bezels are slim and gives out that premium and professional vibe with its solid steel construction and metal frame rather than black plastic like on other TV’s and a chrome stand that runs all the way along the length of the TV and there is an interesting 43 lb base at the back that keeps the unit stable. THX 4K certified display (and THX certified picture modes) means accuracy certified by over 400 THX lab tests by the accurate tones, resolution and colours delivered by the Studio Master Drive. DCI standards for colours and image quality is set by the main motion picture studios and this Panasonic TV meets 98% of them. Then you have the 2400 BLS- Back Light Scanning technology for even better contrast, great black levels, much less motion blur and much improved picture quality.
The TV overall- including wifi and smart features is very easy to set up when you first switch it on even though it comes with a lot of picture settings for things like contrast, brightness etc. It seems to be easy to interact with Panasonic Viera Life+ Screen and Smart function seems to be quite intuitive on this TV with an acceptable application interface and you can find the content you’re searching easily or you can use your own ‘My Stream’ function that is based on your habits and choices of content when you push the ‘Like’ button on the remote control as you go along. There is even an Info Bar that senses your presence in the room- face and voice recognition and shows your messages or handy info like weather forecast- not depending on the TV being on or off. Sound quality is really good- distortion free, clear and loud and has an integrated webcam. Being such high resolution it is also suitable for use as a computer display- is a monitor grade TV especially if you’re into gaming and do multimedia editing, use software like Photoshop and the ultra HD resolution helps prevent strain on your eyes if you spend a lot of time on the computer, reading texts etc.
One of the customers commented on an interesting quirky feature of the Panasonic AX800, which is when you’re watching a show the TV lets you know of a 3D object when detected but that seems to be the problem for that specific TV only as we haven’t come across any other complaints and there would most definitely be a way to turn that off- we didn’t have a chance to have a look at the unit. Viewing angles are not the best, you may get a drop in color, intensity and overall experience when you go 40 degrees or so off-centre. Despite very small cons, this Panasonic has very accurate amazing vibrant colours, sharp images and great native contrast ratios without needing local dimming like other televisions do. So if you also have an Apple computer with Retina display, this TV as a computer screen can be easily compared to that one and nothing less. Blu-rays apparently seem to jump off the screen, input lag is not much at all and the motion resolution is perfect as one of the rare TV’s out there with a DisplayPort (Panasonic is probably the only company that is producing TV’s with DisplayPort) allowing 4K 60Hz at full colour resolution, so you’ll be fine for anything other than very demanding and the most advanced gaming. Panasonic AX800 was one of the top 4 TV’s in 2014 according to experts so it really is a brilliant TV with true to life picture quality AND seems to be great value for money.