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Reviewed on Oct 27, 2013

Panasonic S60
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.8

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7.3
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
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The Panasonic S60 is a good basic plasma. Its blacks are really impressive for the price. However, it reflects a lot of light and it doesn’t get very bright, so it is definitely not suitable for a room with windows.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.0
Inputs 9.1
Pros
  • Very good contrast. The blacks are really good.
  • Very low input lag.
Cons
  • A lot of reflections. This TV isn't meant to be used in a rooms with windows.
  • Average motion handling for a plasma.

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Design

Borders
Panasonic S60 Borders

1.34" (3.4 cm)

Thickness
Panasonic S60 Thickness

2.44" (6.2 cm)

7.4

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.6 Dark scene
Panasonic S60 Dark scene
Black : 0.013 cd/m2
White : 56.22 cd/m2
Contrast : 4094 : 1

The S60 is really meant for a dark room. Its blacks are really deep and with great shadow details. It cannot get any better than this for its price.

10 Uniformity
Panasonic S60 Uniformity

The screen's uniformity is flawless.

7.0 Dark scene in a bright room
Panasonic S60 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 3.8 %

You will notice a lot reflections as soon as you turn on the lights. Combine this with the fact that it can't get very bright and you will not see anything in a bright room. If you plan on watching it during the day, go for the ST60 instead (it has good anti-glare).

4.5 Bright scene in a bright room
Panasonic S60 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 56.22 cd/m2

It is a little bit less of an issue when watching bright content.

Additional Details.

9.8 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 72 °

The viewing angle of the S60 is very good. You will not have any issue watching it on the sides.

Pixels
6.0

Motion

Score components:
6.0 Motion blur

The S60 had some noticeable phosphor trails when watching 24p content. This was greatly reduced for other frame rates, though.

9.1

Inputs

Score components:
9.1 Input lag
Panasonic S60 Input lag
Input lag : 29.2 ms

The input lag is really low, which is great for gaming.

Side inputs
Panasonic S60 Side inputs

2 USB

Rear inputs
Panasonic S60 Rear inputs

2 HDMI
1 Ethernet
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 RF In
1 Composite In
1 Component In

Smart Features

Remote

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7.3Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
The Panasonic S60 Plasma TV is very similar to the pricier ST60, assuming you have a dark room. When you turn on the lights, though, the picture gets washed out a bit by the reflections. If you normally watch TV with the lights off, this is clearly one of the best bangs for your buck that you can buy.

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