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Panasonic ST60 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 22, 2013 at 12:00 am
8.7
Mixed Usage
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This TV has been discontinued.
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The Panasonic ST60 is a very good plasma TV. It doesn't get very bright, but it does a very good job at reducing reflections, as shown in our pictures. Of course, it has the downsides of all plasma TVs, like being heavy and creating slight buzzing noise (read more about plasma here). If you can live with that and do not have a very bright living room, it is a no-brainer; its contrast ratio is astonishing.

Our Verdict

8.7 Mixed Usage

The Panasonic ST60 Plasma TV has the best blacks that we tested. It is an exceptional TV overall, with almost no downsides. If you are picky, though, you will notice a bit of input lag. Also, it won't perform well in an overly bright room because it can't get very bright.

Pros
  • Good anti-glare filter. You do not have to worry about overhead lights reducing the picture quality.
  • Exceptional blacks. The picture quality is amazing in a dark room.
Cons
  • Somewhat high input lag, although a lot of gamers won't notice it.
  • Cannot get very bright.
  • 8.7 Mixed Usage

Test Results

Design
Design
Borders

1.42" (3.6 cm)

Design
Thickness

1.61" (4.1 cm)

Picture Quality
9.5
Picture Quality
Dark scene
Black 0.011 cd/m2
White 81.99 cd/m2
Contrast 7454 : 1

With the lights off, the ST60 can expose all its glory. The blacks are really deep and the picture quality is phenomenal.

10
Picture Quality
Uniformity

As with all plasmas, the uniformity of the screen is perfect.

10
Picture Quality
Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection 0.8 %

Due to its powerful anti glare filter, there is very little reflection. The ST60 cannot get very bright, though, so if you have more than one window, the picture will appear a bit dull. If you have a lot of windows and still want a plasma, the Samsung F8500 is a better choice, because it can get twice as bright and also has an anti glare filter.

4.9
Picture Quality
Bright scene in a bright room
Max white 81.99 cd/m2

Only direct light can be seen when displaying a bright scene.

10
Picture Quality
Viewing angle
Viewing angle 77 °

Its viewing angle is very good. However, due to the anti glare filter, the vertical viewing angle is limited to about 30°. This could cause problems if you want to put it above your fireplace.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
9.0
Motion
Motion blur

The motion handling of the ST60 is very good. It supports both 24p playback and the optional soap opera effect without any issues.

Inputs
7.1
Inputs
Input lag
Input lag 54.2 ms

The input lag is higher than the S60's, but most gamers will not notice it.

Inputs
Side inputs

3 HDMI
2 USB
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 SD Card

Inputs
Rear inputs

1 Ethernet
1 RF In
1 Composite In
1 Component In

Smart Features
Smart Features
Remote

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