Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B Smart 4k Ultra HD 49″ LED TV
The DX600 series is a middle-class TV from Panasonic’s 2016 range of 4K TVs. This DX600 range is very like the DX700, but a bit cheaper and without HDR features. It offers up to four times more detail than Full HD TVs, HEVC and VP9 decoders, which allow streaming 4K content from Netflix, YouTube etc.
Panasonic is the only TV manufacturer to use Mozilla’s Firefox OS, which is simple, clean and looks like a phone interface. Firefox OS on smart TVs is all about customization, with constant opportunities to ‘pin’ anything to that main home screen.
Powered by a quad-core processor, the 49DX650B offers a range of Smart TV options – catch up TV, streaming services, and social media, as well as further apps through the Panasonic app store. Using Mozilla Firefox as its operating system, the TV also offers a full web browser thanks to built-in WiFi.
Apps can also be organized to appear as strip around the edge of the screen, allowing you to continue watching TV whilst checking recommendations from the TV as to what to watch later.
The included adjustable pedestal stand has feet which can be positioned per your preference, allowing to fit the TV on a specific piece of furniture. It is also possible to wall mount the TV (kit sold separately). The frame around the screen is clear plastic over a silver bezel.
Apart from the lack of HDR features, the DX600 is a capable TV that justifies its price. The images are clean and detailed and the excellent motion resolution keeps 4K looking sharp bot with sport as with movies.
This model’s picture is supplied by an IPS panel rather than the VA kind found in the 40-inch model and so picture quality is not as good in both contrast ratio and viewing angle.
Overall, this TV supplies good picture quality, great Mozilla OS and is right for its money. There is more to be expected from the contrast ratio, viewing angle and image sharpness, however the price is indeed in the low range which makes up for any drawbacks.
3840 x 2160
Smart TV services
– Catch up TV: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, My5
– Streaming: Netflix 4k
– App store: Internet Apps Navigator
– Custom homepage
– Full internet browser
– Social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube 4k
– HDMI 2.0 x 2 (ARC compatible x 1)
– HDMI x 1
– Component input x 1
– Composite input x 1
– USB 2.0 x 1
– USB 3.0 x 1
Optical audio connection x 1
DVB-T2 Freeview HD Tuner
Electronic programme guide
7-day EPG and 7-day catch up with Freeview Play
Audio power: 20 W
VR-Audio True Surround
Remote control Yes
VESA wall mount dimensions 400 x 400
Table-top stand Yes
Energy efficiency class: A
On-mode power consumption 84 W
Annual power consumption 117 kWh
– Panasonic VIERA TX-49DX650B Smart 4k Ultra HD 49″ LED TV
– Standard remote control
– Instruction leaflet
– TV stand
– Fixing screws
– Unboxed: 646 x 1106 x 66 mm (H x W x D)
– Unboxed with stand: 699 x 1106 x 364 mm (H x W x D)
– Boxed: 729 x 1494 x 124 mm (H x W x D)
– Unboxed: 16 kg
– Unboxed with stand: 18 kg
– Boxed: 21 kg