Product Type: Panasonic 3D LCD TV
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A great HD TV with integrated FreeSat
Member Name: aaronphil
Date: 30/07/09, updated on 30/07/09 (235 review reads)
Advantages: FreeSat and 3 HDMI inputs
Disadvantages: Viera link can be a pain to setup
We bought this TV after our 12yr old tube went 'bang'.
For specs see the Panasonic Website.
So why bother with the Panasonic brand at all. Well they are the first TV manufacturer to include a FreeSat integrated tuner in the TV allowing you to view HD channels without subscribing to Sky HD or going out and buying a separate FreeSat box.
FreeSat HD was the reason we bought the TV and because we already had a satellite dish left over from when we were sky customers, we could receive the signals without forking out extra. So what's the advantage of having FreeSat apart from HD channels, well unlike DVB you can receive the signals in better quality as opposed to receiving a signal through a standard aerial. There is no fiddling with an aerial to get the best signal quality as it is all satellite, just point your dish towards the satellite and you're away (you may need to get one fitted though if Sky didn't do it for free ages ago).
Enough TV what about the other features? Well it has two standard SCART ports for your old games consoles (PS2 & Xbox) and old DVD/VHS players etc... Then we've got three (one on the side) HDMI ports for HD games consoles (PS3 & Xbox 360), Bluray players and DVD players with HDMI up scaling. There's VGA input for connecting your PC to your TV but it only supports up to 1366×768 (WXGA) resolution so the picture isn't great but if you have HD output on your graphics card you can use this to connect via HDMI or Component to your TV. There is a Component input also and a SDHC port for viewing your camera's photos. We've got a three pin standard def input (whatever it's called) for connecting a Wii or other such device using three inputs for video and stereo audio without using SCART. An Ethernet port is situated on the back but doesn't appear to do much as you can't connect to the internet through the TV. Um I think that's all of main spec things discussed.
So now to some great features like Viera link which enables you to link all of your other playback devices to one remote like your DVD recorder and Bluray.
Overall the picture's excellent and it does full HD so a great plus and it is quite cheap. So if you want the full HD experience coupled with free HD TV then this is the bad boy for you
Summary: A really good flat screen TV with full HD capabilities
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