Published: January 21, 2014 2:05 PM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
Panasonic inaugurated its 2014 TV range with the AS530, a series that comes in four sizes: 39" (TX-39AS530), 50" (TX-50AS530), 55" (TX-55AS530) and 60" (TX-60AS530).

The AS530 is a Full HD connected TV that competes directly with the Sony KDL-50W656A, which we reviewed yesterday. It has a similar design with a thin frame and open stand. Like the Sony 600 series, the AS530 has a 200 Hz BLB (Backlight Blinking) mode that works not as motion interpolation but rather a basic backlight scan. Beyond its purpose of attracting buyers, it's supposed to eliminate retinal persistence. If you prefer the fluidity that comes with motion interpolation, you won't find it here.
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The AS530 has access to Viera Connect via the My Home Screen interface for app downloads (VOD, TV replay, games, etc.). It also has Swipe & Share 2.0 for sending photos, videos or music from a smartphone or tablet to the TV, plus a USB/UPnP media player. Prices and release dates not yet announced.