Panasonic TX-55CR850E: A curved TV that falls in love

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The fashion of curved panels has conquered one of the best television manufacturers par excellence. The Japanese manufacturer with its new Panasonic TX-55CR850E boasts an exquisite curved panel, mounted on top-quality materials, in an age where plastic prevails above all else.

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Technical characteristics of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

The official specifications announced by the brand for its Panasonic TX-55CR850E are worthy of a range of these characteristics ready to sweep sales in a juicy sector such as premium televisions of considerable dimensions.

specs
Make model Panasonic TX-55CR850E
Size 55 (139 Cm)
Resolution Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p
Aspect ratio 16: 9
Frequency 1600 Hz BMR IFC
Backlighting EDGE LED IPS
HDR Yes (firmware update essential)
Smart tv Yes, Firefox OS
Integrated Wifi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
3D Yes, Active
USB Recorder Yes
Tuner 2x DVB-T2 – 2x DVB-S2
Sound 40 Watt.
Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth) 1236 x 727 x 124 mm
Dimensions with stand (Height x Width x Depth) 1236 x 764 x 275 mm
Weight (Without / With stand) 23.5 kg / 26 kg
VESA compatibility Yes, 400 x 400 mm
HDMI ports 3
USB ports 3
Other connectors SCART, AV, RJ-45, Digital Audio Out, Headphones, RF, 2x SAT
CI + Integrated Yes 2
Energy Class Category B (137 Watt.)
Contents / Accessories Remote control, batteries, power cord, user guide

Other formats: Panasonic TX-65CR850E

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Rear view of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Exterior design and connectilife

Panasonic, as we mentioned at the beginning of this review, continues to manufacture televisions with an excellent raw material. We refer to nothing less than the quality in which each of its components is made, trying to escape the technological world plagued with plastic in which we live.

In this Panasonic TX-55CR850E we find a robust steel base that forms a semicircle at the rear that in parallel outlines the curved silhouette of the television, to end the elegant front legs that support all the weight of it.

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Appearance of the arched base of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Its frames are of tight dimensions, without going to extremes. They have a gunmetal gray finish that undoubtedly adds a touch of elegance as well as sobriety to the whole.

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Front view of the base that mounts the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

The connectivity of this Panasonic TX-55CR850E is total and we consider it to be one of the most complete models in its segment. It is peculiar, although not with the Japanese manufacturer, to find among its multiple connectors, a reader for SD cards in which undoubtedly it greatly enhances the reproduction of digital camera content. Also, how could it be otherwise, include 3 HDMI inputs, 3 USB for playback and recording of content through its triple tuner, which includes two receivers of the standard DVB-T2, another two from DVB-S2 for satellite channels and the latest DVB-C for analog channels. By having a double tuner for both digital terrestrial television and satellite, it will allow us to record content on one channel while being able to view another different channel at the same time. The connection of digital audio outputl, or optical, to be able to enjoy the best sound quality of our movies through an external player.

As for analog connectors, although the scart or SCART connector disappears, there is the connection RGB and av to be able to connect our older devices, in addition of course to the headphone audio output.

In addition, for users of PCMCIA pay TV cards, the Panasonic TX-55CR850E includes 2 CI + slots, no doubt to feed its two satellite tuners with more than just the free content broadcast by the operators.

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

As far as wireless connectivity is concerned, we cannot forget its internal WiFi b / g / n receiver that also includes bluetooth and allows you to send the audio signal to any compatible sound system, whether they are music equipment, sound bars, speakers or wireless headphones.

Image quality and features in general

The unquestionable dedication that the team of developers of the Japanese manufacturer brings to the panels of this brand is undoubtedly outstanding. In the case of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E, they are not far behind. Entity panel has a native resolution UHD 3840 x 2160p which is responsible, along with the different technologies and aids, to achieve some amazing results.

At the heart of this television is its essential image processing chip. HCX, which together with its technology Wide Color Phospor, They are responsible for processing the images in order to achieve vibrant and sharp colors together with contrasts that are close to the old neo-plasmas (saving the distances) that Panasonic himself manufactured a few years ago.

Panasonic TX-55CR850E

HCX Image Processor

Regarding backlighting, we find a panel that mounts local dimming pro technology, and is characterized by installing more bulbs or LEDs behind the panel, in order to be able to backlight more independent areas of the panel compared to other televisions and achieve thus more pure and real contrasts.

Additionally, technology Wide Color Phospor that we already talked about, it allows to reproduce 90% of the colors of the DCI standard (and 98% in the case of the 65-inch version, the Panasonic TX-65CR850E) that manage to highlight vivid colors and maintain the naturalness of the scenes above all.

In addition, one of the essential functions in a television of this range is the 3D which in this case acts with active glasses that operate by radio-frequency, and that together with the curved panel, achieve conditions of depth and immersion in content of this type, the less impressive.

Software analysis / Smart TV

The entertainment system that Panasonic mounted a few years ago, the Smart Viera, was a system that could do everything, but it was complex and slow and not very intuitive. That is why they developed a system based on the world-famous firefox, and that comes to this Panasonic TX-55CR850E materializing in its second version; Firefox OS 2.0.

This system comes with innumerable simple applications for day to day, such as Netflix and YouTube that will already be pre-downloaded as standard. As for the browser, apart from being one of the most optimized on the market, it is one of the only ones that has the possibility of reproducing pages with content both in HTML5 like in FlashPlayer.

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Firefox 2.0 that integrates the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

In the contents of the box of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E we will find two remote controls, the conventional one and a new more ergonomic proposal for the control that is used to facilitate navigation through the contents of the smart tv in which as years above, it includes voice recognition and a touchpad. Despite this, we find more effective solutions on the market, such as the Magic control from LG or the Smart Control from Samsung that act as a whore with the movement of the hand, since the touchpad that includes the control of this television, usually be somewhat maddening in some cases.

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Smart Remote of the Panasonic TX-55CR850E

The connectivity with Android mobiles or tablets is total since it is possible to send their content to the TV to play it on a more comfortable screen to see, apart from having its own application to be able to manage the TV with the mobile as if it were a remote control is involved.

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TV TX-55CR850E: Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Design and quality of materials
  • Very fast and intuitive Firefox OS interface
  • Active 3D
  • Deep contrasts and natural colors
CONS:
  • Two-legged base
  • Few apps on Smart Tv
  • Premium remote does not act with movement
8.2 Total score

Picture quality
9
Audio quality
7.5
Connectivity
9.5
Smart tv
7.5
Design
8.5
Quality / Price ratio
7

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