In the LE64 series, Panasonic only offers two sizes big (50”) and bigger (58”). This 120Hz panel includes Panasonic’s 240 Back Light Blinking and Pro dot noise reduction technologies. It’s a VIERA Connect Smart TV with built in Wi-Fi and a full Web browser.
Panasonic is making the LE64s hugely attractive. The ultra slim bezel surrounds this 58” panel and adds a bottom accent of clear plastic. The only thing marring this beauty is the uninspired base that is black, rectangular and mounts to the 1.4” deep panel with a single circular post.
VIERA Smart TV has a new format that gives you a home screen that you can customize to include up to a dozen selectable apps giving you easy access to time, weather, Facebook, reminders and more. The Smart TV platform also includes two preset pages for lifestyle and information.
The Swipe & Share 2.0 is Panasonic’s term for their interactive technology to allow you to share and augment the Panasonic TC-58LE64 with your smartphone and/or tablet. Sharing info is as easy as a flicking your finger across the smartphone screen or swiping to transfer Panasonic TC-58LE64 info. After uploading the VIERA Remote 2 app, you can flick pics, videos, music and web content, use your devices as a TV remote and as a second screen. The TC-58LE64 is also DLNA Certified and Bluetooth compatible.
The Panasonic TC-58LE64 also comes with Voice Guidance to help you set up your Panasonic TC-58LE64 and there is an auto detect feature to find available Internet networks so you don’t have to.
AV connections are a bit sparse giving you only three HDMI (all rear facing – one ARC), two USB and one each of a component/composite shared input, an Ethernet, digital audio output and a headphone jack.
Panasonic’s focus is on picture quality and motion performance not sound. The Panasonic TC-58LE64 carries a full range two speaker system that is only capable of a 20-watt output. Don’t expect thundering bass or tonsil tickling treble.
The BLB technology on the Panasonic TC-58LE64s 120Hz panel should negate blur in fast action and sport viewing.
Apps are plentiful on the Panasonic TC-58LE64, though not as bountiful as Samsung or LG. Connectivity options for integrating your smartphone and/or tablet are good but do not include the newest WiDi, Miracast, MHL and NFC.
Also missing is a dual, quad or hexa core processor to help downloading speed and multitasking and a remote that is designed to ease interfacing with the Smart TV and browser. For a very reasonably priced 58” flat panel Smart TV, give the Panasonic TC-58LE64 a hard long look.