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Panasonic TC-L65WT600: A better 4K input, but so what?The lone Panasonic LCD TV with 4K resolution, model TC-L65WT600, includes an input capable of handling faster frame rates than its competition. Its other issues, however, prevent it from earning our full recommendation, even to the few who want a 4K TV...
David Katzmaier from CNET here and this is Panasonic's TCP-65WT600. This is a 65-inch LCD TV and it's Panasonic's first with 4K resolution. That means this gigantic screen has four times the number of pixels as the standard 1080p TV. I'll get to that in a little bit but first, I also like to mention TV's other distinguishing characteristic. It's the first on the market with an HDMI 2.0 compatible input. That means that some of the higher frame rate formats that are gonna come out in conjunction with 4K will work with this TV. No other TV has that right now, although some are promising upgrade ability in the future. In addition to that 4K, HDMI and a display port that's 1.2 compatible, this set has 3 standard HDMI inputs, 3 USBs and an analog input. The styling on the WT600 stands out as well. You've got a silver bezel around the edge relatively thin. You've also got a unique ribbon style silver stand here. It doesn't allow the TV to swivel but I'll tell the real impression is lots of silver. One thing that I did find pretty chintzy though on the bottom is a little piece of plastic that makes the TV again look a little bit cheaper than it should for such an expensive television. Panasonic threw in a bunch of extras on this TV, of course, you got a built-in camera, you also get 3D compatibility although it's active, not passive 3D. Panasonic throws in a pair of 3D glasses. You also get a full suite of smart TV apps and features and unfortunately Panasonic also pushes ads on the screen itself and former pop-ups. You can disable those pop-ups wherever, so I recommend you do when you get this television. Another extra on the WT600 is a pair of remote. There's a standard clicker with a bunch of buttons and a touchpad-based remote with just a few. One of the advantages of the touchpad remote is that you can use the built-in web browser a lot easier. Panasonic also tout 4K of resolution on the web browser but in practice really didn't find that made much of a difference. And that's the story with 4K in general on this TV at this side. When we put it next to a 65-inch 1080p TV and send it essentially the same sources, one in 4K, one in 1080p, it was really hard to tell the difference. It was also hard to tell the difference when we sent both TV's standard 1080p sources from a Blu-ray and again, since 4K sources are so rare, you're mostly gonna be feeding this TV 1080p for the forceable future. Aside from resolutions, TV delivers a pretty good picture, although not quite as good as some of the better LCDs we tested. Its black levels are pretty good but there was some blooming that we saw. Color accuracy was excellent as bright room picture led by this anti-glare screen. It's one of the best we tested. Those good points aside of our 4K really isn't worth the extra money. I'd say wait if you wanna get a TV with this resolution for a couple of years when its prices are a lot closer to those of 1080p TVs. That's a quick look at Panasonic's WT600 4K, 65-inch LCD TV. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.