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Panasonic TX-48JZ980 Review – Smart set

Panasonic has produced some brilliant OLED TVs, but this is the first one that’s smaller than 50in across the diagonal. But let’s face it it, this 48in model will be big enough for most modestly-sized living rooms, and its smaller size helps make this the first Panasonic OLED TV priced below £. Read our Panasonic TX-48JZ980 Review.

Panasonic TX-48JZ980 Review

The TX-48JZ980 manages to squeeze 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) into the screen, and delivers the familiar OLED benefits of perfect contrast and wide viewing angles, which are essential if you aren’t going to be the only one watching.

A rich and vibrant screen, a generous set of connections and excellent speakers

It also continues Panasonic’s all-encompassing embrace of high dynamic range (HDR) technology, by supporting both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, as well as the more standard HDR10 and HLG systems. This means you’ll get the best quality picture possible from all streaming services, whereas most rival TV brands still only support either HDR10 + or Dolby Vision, not both.

The selection of connections are generous for a relatively small screen. It has three USB ports, four HDMI ports, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Two of the HDMIs can support 120Hz refresh rates at 4K, which is perfect for the latest games consoles.

Smart features are provided by the same My Home Screen 6.0 operating system used across Panasonic’s entire OLED range, which includes built-in voice support for Google Assistant and Alexa, plus Google Chromecast for mirroring what’s playing on your phone or tablet. Note that recent updates mean that My Home Screen 6.0 now includes the Disney+ and Apple TV+ streaming services, alongside Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. It also offers Freeview Play for all the key UK catchup services, including BBC iPlayer.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K 3840×2160-pixel resolution • 48in screen • Supports HDR10, HDR10+, DolbyVision • 2x 15W speakers • 4x HDMI ports • 3x USB ports • 660×1,069x270mm (HxWxD) • 20.5kg • Five-year warranty

The screen itself is eye-catching. It’s brighter than most similar-sized TVs we’ve reviewed recently, which enhances the screen’s already excellent contrast. Colours are rich and vibrant, without compromising accuracy and natural tones. While the inclusion of two 15W speakers may suggest an underwhelming audio experience, it’s actually surprisingly immersive. While this might be a small TV for Panasonic, there’s nothing minor about how good it sounds.

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VERDICT

10 Total Score
Panasonic TX-48JZ980 Review

A superb 48in OLED screen with great picture quality, all the smart streaming services you could want, and good sound

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ALTERNATIVE

Philips 48OLED806

Philips’ 48in OLED has been out a bit longer and used to sell for £ but is starting to see significant price reductions

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