With a final score of 96.4, the Panasonic TX-40EXW734 is one of the best TVs we’ve tested. At the same time, the 40-inch UHD device even set new records in the “Equipment” and “Energy Consumption” scoring disciplines. In the Image Quality test category, it came close to 100 points. Thus, in the bottom line, we have a convincing value for money, as well as a clear reason to recommend for anyone who is looking for a small-sized 4K TV.
excellent image quality
low power consumption
no DTS and DivX support
poor viewing angle stability
Panasonic TX-40EXW734 test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
4 out of 20
- Value for money: 74
- Image quality (50%): 94
- Sound quality (5%): 88.1
- Equipment (25%): 94.7
- Ergonomics (15%): 85.4
- Energy efficiency (5%): 100
UHD at its finest
With its 40-inch image diagonal, the Panasonic TX-40EXW734 is especially suitable for small spaces. Here it is very important to choose a good position in front of the TV, as the stability of the viewing angles of the TN panel leaves much to be desired.
Viewed from the right angle, the image quality is convincing in every way. At the same time, it does not matter where the TV receives the signal from — from the integrated tuner or devices connected to it — the picture will always be extremely clear. Thanks to the maximum contrast ratio of 10093:1, the image “interrupts” even many IPS panels. The checkerboard contrast ratio of 202:1 is also well above average.
Material below 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels) will be cleanly upscaled, and HDR support delivers impressive visuals. The maximum brightness we measured at 390 cd/m2 also creates a positive impression. The pleasure of home cinema is overshadowed only by the sound. While both integrated 10W speakers produce decent sound, compared to other TVs in this price range, it comes across as a bit empty.
TV throughout the house
There is hardly any reason to criticize anything regarding equipment. Panasonic TX-40EXW734 offers 3 HDMI interfaces, 3 USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0), as well as an optical audio output. You can receive TV programs via the Triple-Twin tuner, which of course also handles DVB-T2.
A feature of the device is the new Panasonic TV>IP technology. With it, you can broadcast the current TV program for playback over your home network to other devices: tablets and smartphones. That is, you can watch TV from any corner of your home. Along with this, the Smart-TV system covers all the most popular applications for video-on-demand services: Amazon Video and Netflix, YouTube, as well as several games. Although the offer here is not as large as in the case of Android-TV, the choice of applications still deserves attention.
We were particularly surprised by the level of energy consumption. In normal operation, we aimed for a very low 55W for a UHD TV; in standby mode, the meter showed 0.2 watts. Through the ECO mode, you can lower the energy consumption level even lower. The Panasonic TX-40EXW734 belongs to the “A” energy efficiency class devices.
The price of the Panasonic TX-40EXW734 is about 50,000 rubles.
Alternative: Sony KD-43XE8005
Thanks to its IPS panel, the Sony KD-43XE8005 will deliver even better picture quality than the Panasonic. In addition, this UHD TV has convincing features such as rich equipment and good ergonomics. On the other hand, compared to Panasonic, the sound quality and power consumption are worse. Nevertheless, the price of our rating leader (55,000 rubles) is more than justified.
Priced at around Rs 40,000, the Samsung UE40MU6409 is one of the most budget-friendly UHD TVs we’ve tested. However, this 40-inch device does not have to be embarrassed by its more expensive competitors. Its picture and sound quality is above average for the rating, and the equipment, including Tizen OS and DivX support, is also great. In the “Ergonomics” test discipline, an inexpensive TV even set a new record.
Specifications and test results Panasonic TX-40EXW734
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 max contrast)|
|Vertical Viewing Angle (1/2 Max Contrast)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Youtube|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
Panasonic TX-40EXW734 test results
Photo: manufacturing company