Panasonic TC-55CX850U Review – It Shines Even When the Sun Doesn’t

The Panasonic TC-55CX850U is able to deliver a picture performance that is plasma-like, and it can even support high dynamic range (HDR) footage. Perhaps the main selling point for this TV set is that it is so bright that even the brightest of rooms won’t tarnish its performance. However, it doesn’t mean that this TV is one without flaw. For one, it does have a questionable backlight dimming performance. Furthermore, this particular TV is actually quite difficult to find on the market.

Panasonic TC-55CX850U Review - It Shines Even When the Sun Doesn't

The Panasonic TC-55CX850U is Very Difficult to Find on the Market

The screen of the Panasonic TC-55CX850U is covered in an anti-reflective coating, in which it does do a pretty good job at taming reflections within a brightly lit room. Head on to the back of the unit, and you will find 3 HDMI ports, all of these are HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliant. There is also a LAN port located at the back, as well as an optical digital audio output, three USB inputs, and a coaxial cable/TV input. For more media playback options, there is also an SD card slot available.

It is clear that Panasonic is thinking forward when they were still developing the TC-55CX850U. This is because in addition to the three HDMI ports being HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compliant, this particular unit is THX-certified as well. This means that it is capable of processing and displaying HDR content. Its 65-inch sibling is able to deliver 98-percent of the DCI/P3 color space (which is a standard when it comes to digital cinema), while this 55-inch model is tops out at 90-percent of the DCI/P3 space.

Even though there are some shortcomings, it doesn’t mean that this is a disappointing TV. In fact, the experience is quite the opposite. However, it still doesn’t stand a chance at beating other television sets within a similar price and size category in the market, especially that of the company’s own AX900. The panel’s performance is not as good due to the fact that there are some zones of backlight dimming.

With all that’s been said and done, the Panasonic TC-55CX850U is still a pretty solid choice for a 55-inch TV. It is still worthy of being called one of the best TVs that have been produced when it was manufactured and released to markets. However, its feature offerings and overall performance could not match up the emerging standards of the modern technology sector.


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