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Panasonic TC-39AS530U Review (TC39AS640U)

39" 1080p 120Hz Life+ Screen Smart LED TV

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Panasonic TC-50AS530U LED TV

Strengths

  • Native 120Hz refresh rate is great for live sports and video games
  • Updated Smart TV features are aimed at multiple users on a single TV
  • Streaming media
  • USB media player supports many file formats for those with large digital media libraries
  • Thin bezels and low profile stand make for an attractive TV
  • Priced competitively for a 39-inch 120Hz Smart TV

Weaknesses

  • On board audio quality is lacking, but there is plenty of volume for smaller rooms that this TV is likely to be placed in
  • We find 2 HDMI inputs to be on the low end
  • Picture depth and sharpness are lackluster
Panasonic TC-39AS530U LED TV
Strong color reproduction and contrast are high points for this LED TV. Crisp detail and depth are lacking in this image on the AS530U

Panasonic's Life+ Screen Features

Panasonic made improvements to their Smart TV platform in 2013. Things are no different this year. The Viera Connect suite is now known as Viera Life+ Screen. Some of the biggest changes involve the user interface and how the TV learns viewing habits and preferences for individual users. As far as interface is concerned, Panasonic came up the the my Stream screen. This screen brings content from all sorts of sources like Recorded content, home movies, family photos, web pages, and online videos. Voice navagiation is included once again to help the user get to their content faster. Life+ Screen TV remotes are equipped with a new feature as well, the myButton. Press this button when you are watching a program you like and the TV will begin to learn your preferences and tailor recommendations.

Panasonic TC-39AS530U LED TV
Here you see the Life+ Screen myStream page. This page compiles all sorts of content from different sources for easy access

Life+ Screen TVs also feature an Auto Wake function that sense when someone is nearby. Once the TV is up and running the new Info Bar will display useful information like the time, date, and current weather. TVs equipped with a video camera will also be able to identify who is using the TV.

Quick Specs

  • 38.5" Screen (measured diagonally)
  • my Home Screen enables different users to customize their own personal home screen
  • Remote Sharing sends information from my Home Screen to smartphones and tablets
  • Swipe & Share makes it easy to send photos and other media to the big screen
  • Internet Apps
  • Wireless LAN Built-In
  • USB Media Player enables all sorts of file formats to be displayed on screen
  • 240 Backlight Blinking smooths motion blur and judder
  • Voice Guidance assists with searching Life+ Screen content
  • DLNA for sharing content through the home network
  • Dimensions without stand (W x H x D): 34.9 x 20.3 x 2.1 inch
  • Dimensions with stand: 34.9 x 22.1 x 9.8 inch
  • Weight without stand: 22.1 lbs
  • Weight with stand: 24.3 lbs


Robert Wiley Having reviewed and written about Television Technology for over 10 years, Wiley never tires of researching the newest qualitative trends related to the technology. Most people do not get excited about possibilities behind the latest video engine...Wiley does. Read more about Robert
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