It is called the Panasonic Viera CR850 and it is a small family of curved televisions with an Ultra High Definition panel (UHD or 4K). A giant screens ( 55 and 65 inches ) specialists in taking full advantage of multimedia functions. To access its intelligent functions, it is accompanied by the Firefox OS operating system developed by the Internet firm Mozilla .
These privileged screens from Panasonic also offer a very distinguished image. On the other hand, it is equipped by the 4K Studio Maste r image processor and various technologies that refine the quality of reproduction and the depth of color with both still photos and with movies and video in general. A practical point is that, in these Panasonic TVs , the brightness is adjusted automatically, depending on the light we have in the room. We are now going to review the key points of this Panasonic Viera CR850.
The Panasonic Viera CR850 bet on a design of simple and minimalist shapes to let the curve be the protagonist. They are made of metal in two finishes, silver for the frame that surrounds the screen, which is thinner so that the image takes all the attention, while the pedestal has a darker finish . Although they are not flat, they allow you to place them on the wall with a special support to avoid having the usual furniture under the TV. The 55-inch model weighs 23.5 kg without a stand and the 65-inch model goes up to 36.5 kg.
We could debate once again whether curved TVs offer a more immersive visual experience, but in this case we are going to focus on the benefits it offers, which are not few. As we advance, the Panasonic Viera CR850 have resolution UHD , the so - called 4K which translates to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels . They feature 1600Hz BRM LED technology for fluid motion and the Supreme Contrast enhancement with Local Dimming Pro that achieves deeper blacks and bright whites without contaminating each other. But there is not everything, the Panasonic Viera CR850 comes with a quad-core processorand a 4K Studio Master Processor image processing system that achieves colors faithful to the original source. Finally, we highlight other image enhancement tools such as Pure Direct 4K, Wide Color Phosphor and Studio Master Color.
As a good multimedia equipment, sound also has a special role. Panasonic has solved the audio problem with a set of speakers that offer up to 40W of power. They consist of two midrange speakers and two bass speakers, each rated at 10W, to cover all frequencies and achieve a deep and nuanced sound. Technology also features Dolby Digital Plus and VR-Master Audio 2.1 Surround. Available sound modes include Standard, Music, Ambience, and User.
Smart TV platform
It is one of the novelties of the Panasonic Viera CR850 , its Smart TV platform . The company started a collaboration with Mozilla to install its Firefox OS system on TVs in the Viera range, and the CR850s integrate this platform as standard. It comes with My Home Screen 2.0, a home screen from which we can access all the most important sections such as channels, installed applications and devices that we have connected. It also comes with the Firefox web browser, Panasonic Media Center, My Stream 2 installed and comes with a voice assistant with integrated voice guidance. Besides its double tunerallows us to watch two channels at the same time (PiP) so that there are no longer fights for the command at home.
Firefox OS hasn't worked on mobiles, but it has an opportunity as an entertainment platform. Android TV is not as well established as its mobile version and here Firefox shows its chest with a very fast and fluid system, but we will have to see what happens in the near future.
Controls and connections
The Panasonic Viera CR850 are well loaded with connectors that are distributed between the side and the back of the chassis. The HDMIs are six in total, three normal and another three with 4K 50 / 60p support with HDCP 2.2. In the case of USB connections there are only three, with a USB 3.0 port that offers a faster transfer speed and allows you to record content on an external hard drive. It could not miss the Ethernet cable connector and WiFi connectivity to access the Internet. Also has CI connector, SCART, SD memory card input, component video inputand digital audio output . Wireless connections also include DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0 so you can connect a keyboard and mouse. It includes a TouchPad Remote control that allows us to move through the menus comfortably and can be controlled through the official app with a smartphone or tablet.
Availability and opinions
Panasonic announced in February that the new Panasonic Viera CR850 curved televisions would be available for purchase from October. Most of the equipment presented together with the CR580 is already available, but for now these models are reluctant to land in stores, so there is still no official data about their price.
The curved TV fever deflated quite quickly, but all manufacturers continue to offer several models with this feature. The reality is that the immersive experience that they promise is not a big deal either and in most cases they tend to make the product very expensive. Despite this, the Panasonic Viera CR850 compensate for this detail with a very complete technical profile. They include the latest brand image technologies and Firefox OS , an interesting proposal within the segmented terrain of Smart TV platforms that could gain a foothold in the current panorama.
Panasonic Viera Smart TV Curved CR850
|Model||Viera SMart TV CR850|
|Resolution||Ultra HD 3,840 x 2,160 pixels|
|Refresh rate||1,600 Hz BMR IFC|
|Technology||4K ULTRA HD LED LCD|
|Features||Picture mode: Dynamic / Normal / Cinema / True Cinema / User|
Studio master color
4K Studio Master Processor
Quad Core Processor
Wide Color Phosphor
Local Dimming Pro
4K Pure Direct
|Dimensions without stand||55 inches: 1,236 x 727 x 124 mm|
65 inches: 1,454 x 850 x 143 mm
|Weight without stand||55 inches: 23.5 Kg|
65 inches: 36.5 Kg
|Technology||Dolby Digital Plus|
Sound modes: Standard / Music / Ambience / User
VR-Audio Master Surround 2.1
|Speakers||40 W (10 W x 2 + 10 W x 2)|
(Mid Speaker + Tweeter) x 2, Subwoofer x 2, Quad Passive Radiator Speaker
|With cables||3x HDMI|
3x HDMI (4K 60 / 50p with HDCP2.2)
3x USB (1x USB 3.0)
CI xcommon interface
Component video input
Digital audio output
Identical HD tuner and HD triple tuner
|Without cables||Integrated WiFi|
|Features||Panasonic Smart TV with Firefox OS|
My Home Screen 2.0
My Stream 2
Panasonic Media Center
In-House TV Streaming
Panasonic TV Remote Apps
Firefox web browser
Touch Pad remote TV