Conclusion: The Panasonic P55VT65‘s blistering picture quality makes it worth every penny of its price to serious film fans. It still lacks the quality of smart features seen on some rivals, but it's a small complaint in such a good TV.
Pros: Stunning picture quality, Excellent interface, Exceptional set up flexibility
Cons: Noticeable fan noise, Viera Connect lacks a few key video streaming services, 3D images lack brightness
Summary: Many brands have binned plasma technology as too expensive and tricky to build, but Panasonic is made of sterner stuff. Its VT65 range of TVs makes the case for plasma so loudly the company may as well be yelling into a PA system - and this 55-inch TX-P55VT65B might have the biggest mouth of the lot. It could be the very best TV we’ve seen this year. And we’ve seen loads .
Pros: hugely brilliant picture quality, accomplished smart TV, great control app, especially on Android
Cons: touch-pen only encourages the clumsy, can’t pretend it’s not expensive, um… did we mention the touch-pen?
Summary: It could do with support for a few extra TV catch-up services, but in pretty much all other respects the TX-P55VT65 is a hugely impressive TV from Panasonic. It delivers truly outstanding picture quality, has a very user-friendly smart TV system and good sound quality.
Pros: Exceptionally bright for a plasma model, Extremely deep black levels, Silky smooth motion, Great sound quality by flat-panel standards, Customisable smart TV homescreen
Cons: Only three HDMI ports -- one less than the older VT50 model, Lacks 4oD, Demand 5 and ITV Player apps, Stand doesn't swivel
Conclusion: The Panasonic TX-P55VT65B is an utterly outstanding plasma television, which we have essentially no qualms about awarding a “Reference Level” rating to. The fact that this level of picture quality can be made this affordable, rather than being reserved only for the highest-end, is a true triumph of engineering. Basically every single box is ticked by the VT65 series: insanely deep blacks that are almost (almost!
Excerpt: We’ve long been fans of Panasonic plasma TVs, and by now we’re all aware of the news that Panasonic is stopping R&D of plasma display panels . But that doesn’t mean the firm has stopped making plasma TVs, as the Panasonic TX-P55VT65B proves. With a Full HD, active 3D screen that’s filled to the brim with new smart features and a variety of control options, the TX-P55VT65B certainly promises a great viewing experience for £2400.
Pros: Apple iPad 4, Remarkably clear and subtly detailed picture, Silky smooth motion, Insightful and immersive, New control and smart features are intuitive and easy to use, Sound is punchy and rounded
Cons: Apple iPad 4, Built-in camera doesn’t share the premium feel of the rest of the screen