Plus introducing Freetime means Panasonic now offers ALL the key catch-up platforms BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 for the first time.The 32AS600s full HD panel is an IPS LED type, with its LEDs ranged around the TVs edges.Set up tips would be that you reduce the backlight to below 50 per cent and set the adaptive backlight feature on when watching films in dark rooms, to try and reduce the impact of the sets black level shortcomings; that you turn off all noise reduction tools when watching HD; and that you activate the 1080p Pixel Direct mode when watching Blu-rays. Only Samsung TVs also carry catch-up apps for all the big four UK broadcasters, and on Samsung TVs you have to find and open separate apps rather than having them all integrated into the EPG. But as a brief recap Panasonic has truly joined the smart TV A List this year thanks in particular to the addition of TV Anywhere which lets you access your TVs tuners and USB recordings on smart devices no matter where in the world you are and Freetime.
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So lets hope theres not a catch.SEE ALSO: The Best Value TVsWell cover picture set up tools in the next section. Panasonic TX-32AS600: Design and FeaturesThe 32AS600 looks like it should cost more than 400. The deep grey trim surround and lighter metallic bottom edge harmonise nicely, and the glassy black stand looks striking and feels well built.
It does still have a pretty lengthy suite of adjustments though if you choose the Custom picture preset option, including white balance fine tuning, gamma adjustment and colour management. We guess some people might be peeved at the absence of 3D on the 32AS600, but personally we dont think 3D really works on a screen as small as 32 inches unless youre going to be sat very close to it.These smart features have been covered at length in a separate feature. Motion clarity and fluidity should profit from a 100Hz backlight blinking system meanwhile, and the sets picture processing tools and smart features should both benefit from the sets use of a dual-core processing engine.
Its got Panasonics latest smart TV system, including built-in Freetime catch up TV; a full HD native resolution; 100Hz processing; and a dual-core processor to make multi-tasking feel slick and seamless. Especially given that at 32 inches theres a decent chance the 32AS600 will be destined for a second rather than main room.Previously only available on external TV receivers, Freetime feels brilliantly at home integrated into a TV.This 32-inch TV from Panasonic boasts some seriously promising technology for a set of such modest proportions and at 400 price.
Meaning theres only one more feature we need to cover, and thats actually a no-show: 3D. Its IPS nature means it should deliver wider effective viewing angles than other types of LCD TV, and richer colours, but might – based on past experience – suffer in the contrast department.SEE ALSO: Our pick of the Best TVsConnectivity is decent rather than great, with three HDMIs when we would ideally have found four and two USB when we would ideally have found three. This latter TV feature, if youre not familiar with it, integrates catch-up TV streaming into an electronic programme guide EPG environment, meaning you can just scroll back through the listings to find programmes you may have missed rather than having to go into separate catch-up TV apps.
Panasonic TX-32AS600: Set UpThe 32AS600 doesnt join some of its Panasonic siblings in being certified by the Imaging Science Foundation ISF as a TV that could support a pro-level calibration. But theres built-in Wi-Fi as well as a LAN port, and to be fair the connections should be numerous enough to meet the needs of typical TV users.Theres also a simple on/off adaptive backlight system that continually adjusts the images luminance based on image content; a backlight adjustment something conspicuously absent from last years Panasonic LCD TVs; MPEG and standard noise reduction routines; and a 1080p Pixel Direct option for Blu-ray playback that works well on the images sharpness and motion reproduction. Let me know what you are thinking.