conclusion:We like it

80 July 28th 2014 12:17 pm

With a name like "Life+Screen" the AX800 promises big, immersive 4K and it certainly delivers -- but without Netflix 4K support, there's not much for it to deliver.

Though the AX800 is still at its heart an LCD set, Reviewed.com says it "fosters good black levels, accurate colors, and reliable screen uniformity—all hallmarks of good plasma TVs." AVForums thinks "there is most certainly much more to like, than not," in the picture quality, "with rich textures and nuanced lighting." UK buyers will also be pleased to know that the AX800 has the Freetime app as part of its Smart TV arsenal, letting it "claim possession of all the major UK catch up services, i.e. BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 40D and Demand 5," according to AVForums.

One thing missing from the AX800 is Netflix 4K support, which HDTVTest notes "may be a deal-breaker for some viewers, considering that Netflix 4K is pretty much the only game in town as far as native UHD content is concerned." Lack of content has been a thorn in the side of 4K since its introduction, so missing a major source like Netflix makes the AX800 a harder sell when there are more fully-featured 4K sets available.

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PC Mag Aug 6, 2014

Panasonic's high-end AX800 line of 4K HDTVs are well-styled and brimming with features. But there just isn't enough 4K content yet to justify the price.

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HDTVTest May 19, 2014

The Panasonic TX-50AX802B is a beautifully-engineered piece of display that’s capable of producing absolutely gorgeous images ... the AX802/ AX800 proves that the company can hang with the big boys Samsung and Sony and then some.

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AVForums Jul 16, 2014

It isn’t perfect, nothing is, and we’d have liked to have seen less niggling uniformity issues - and compatibility with 4K Netflix - but it’s still a fine entrant to the Resolution Revolution and well worth your consideration.

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Engadget Jan 6, 2014

Voice recognition has also been baked into the set along with a feature called "myStream" that helps you keep favorite channels organized. And of course, it wouldn't be 2014 without social integration.

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