The outlook: What's that you say? You want ANOTHER choice among 4K TV brands? Enter Panasonic, whose 65-inch, LED LCD-based WT600U is the company's first TV with 4K resolution. And no, we don't expect Panasonic to announce a 4K plasma anytime soon.
The WT600's claim to fame is its out-of-the-box compliance with the new HDMI 2.0 standard. Yes, Sony and Samsung promise their current 4K sets will be upgradable to the new standard, but it's unclear when and/or how much the upgrade will cost. HDMI 2.0 ensures compatibility with faster-frame rate video, like computer games, in 4K. The WT600 also comes with a DisplayPort 1.2a connector, another computer-centric connection that supports 60-frame-per-second 4K.
The good: The Panasonic TC-L65WT600 4K/Ultra High Definition LED LCD TV is the only one that currently complies with HDMI 2.0, accepting a 4K input at 60 frames per second. Delivers good picture quality with relatively deep black levels and accurate color; superb bright-room image; best-in-class off-angle fidelity; 4K resolution provides some benefit with 4K PC games; sleek metallic silver design with unique stand; scads of features including a second touch-pad remote, two pairs of 3D glasses, voice interaction, a built-in camera, and a solid Smart TV platform.
The bad: Exceedingly expensive and a poor value compared with 1080p TVs; improvements afforded by 4K resolution are minimal to nonexistent; imprecise local dimming causes some blooming and washout
The bottom line: An input that's more future-proof than its competitors' fails to make the Panasonic TC-P65WT600 a recommendable 4K TV.
October 2, 2013 11:43 AM PDT
| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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