Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Launched at the CES in Jan­uary 2012, the new range of Pana­sonic Viera TVs boasts an im­proved panel, bet­ter pic­ture and smart func­tions. We tested the Viera GT50 3D Plasma HDTV from the new range. Why plasma, you might ask. Well, just com­pare the prices with an LED of the same range and you will re­alise why.

PER­FOR­MANCE Switch on the GT50 and the first thing that catches your at­ten­tion is the blacks on the screen. Yes, they are black, and not any

shade of the colour as in some other TVs. The pic­tures are crisp—if you have Ful­lHD con­tent to in­ject life into the screen.

Lower res­o­lu­tion files will play, but you just won’t like the ex­pe­ri­ence on the large screen. The pic­tures are re­ally crisp and if the con­tent is not up to the HD mark then things look a bit ugly with grains and noise. Even with broad­casts, you bet­ter en­sure

that you have an HD ser­vice.

3D The 3D is not all that great. The pic­ture is more about depth and

the out­ward throw was also lim­ited. The gog­gles sup­plied with the TV have ac­tive shut­ters and need bat­ter­ies to run. But thank­fully they are not heavy. The good thing about the glasses is that the power but­ton can be tog­gled to con­fig­ure the 3D mode. While con­vert­ing 2D files to 3D the as­pect ra­tio also changes, crop­ping out parts of the im­age. Even then, the re­sults are not spec­tac­u­lar.

SMART The Viera Con­nect app cen­tre is al­most like an IPTV fea­ture, but

for that you will need a good In­ter­net con­nec­tion. The me­dia player func­tions are good too with an easy-to-nav­i­gate in­ter­face.

It can show dif­fer­ent source op­tions, from the SD card slot and three USBs, at the same time. While it plays most me­dia for­mats,

there is back­ground mu­sic thrown in while you are watch­ing pho­tos. The pro­ces­sor in the TV is quite fast and you get a clear idea of this when you flip through hi-res pho­tos in the me­dia player. They can go fast enough to ap­pear like an an­i­mated movie. You can also trans­fer files to the TV through Blue­tooth, though the iPad we used for test­ing failed to recog­nise the TV.

Specs: 50 inches, G15 Pro­gres­sive Full-HD NeoPlasma 1,080p, Smart VIERA Engine Pro, 18W sound out­put, HDMI, USB, SD card, Wi-FI, Blue­tooth, 120 V power con­sump­tion


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