Panasonic Life+Screen AX800 Series

80
Global
Score
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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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Breakdown

Media support
8.0
Other features (networking, etc.)
7.0
Picture quality
9.0
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Specs

Life+Screen

Type
LCD (57.5 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160
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Specs

Life+Screen

Type
LCD (57.5 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160
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