Panasonic HZ1500, analysis and opinion

One of the bindings of Panasonic's TV division has been to offer the highest possible colour accuracy on all its TVs and offer the user the most cinematic experience possible from the sofa of their each.

This effort has led the Japanese brand to collaborate directly with the Hollywood industry. Panasonic HZ1500 is a high-end OLED TV that directly inherits the performance of the highest model of 2019, improves them and offers them to the user at a tighter price.

If you have minimally followed the evolution of Panasonic's high-end televisions in recent years you will have noticed that the Japanese brand does not stand out for taking risks with cutting-edge designs. In this HZ1500 of 2020, we will also not see Panasonic risk an apex for aesthetics and bet everything on demand for functionality.

This does not mean that it is not a TV with a careful and elegant look. The only thing that won't go down in history because it's the most avant-garde design. However, here we have not come to see art, but to enjoy a quality TV and there, the Panasonic HZ1500 has a lot to say.

We could say that sober would be in an adjective that would best define the design of the Panasonic HZ1500 in which they are committed to pure lines in which the equipment is prioritized and is shown of it.

Its 122.8 x 77.2 cm do not make it a particularly bulky TV, for the 30 kilos of weight and the caution for the fragility of OLED panels make us recommend that the installation be carried out by two people.

Mounting the circular stand with brushed black finish is simple. Simply tighten some screws to secure the base and the rotating rear column that supports the weight of the TV giving it great stability thanks to the 5 kg weight of this component.

Panasonic's initiative to integrate a rotating base that allows the TV to be oriented sideways has not been very much liked. That way, you can orient it to see it from a full front position even from side seats.

On the front two elements quickly attract the looks. The first is its generous 55-inch screen protected by a minimal metal frame that softens the corners of the TV by rounding them slightly. Saving distances with this frame, a second integrated frame of about 6 millimetres protects the OLED panel that is displayed without distractions.

Under this panel hangs an eye-catching soundbar that just 5 cm stays just 2 cm from the furniture on which the TV is installed. The only element that breaks this sobriety of lines is the logo of the manufacturer that occupies a central position on the front of the bar.

Integrated under this bar we find the ambient light sensor, which in Panasonic HZ1500 that we are analyzing takes on special importance to control the brightness of the screen.

The rear of the HZ1500 is somewhat unusual. Again, the functionality is prioritized over the aesthetics that leave us a rear full of angles, wedges and nooks and crannies.

Perhaps what most catches the eye on its rear is the central column that reaches the top edge. Inside we find the speakers that emit the sound towards the ceiling to give body to the Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The electronics are concentrated in the bottom two-thirds of the TV fattening its profile up to the 6 cm that we measure at the bottom, while the central column shows the thinness of the OLED panel of a thickness of just 4 mm.

As usual, connectors are divided into two groups. The less accessible and discreet is oriented towards the bottom so as not to increase the separation of the wall in case of mounting the TV on a VESA wall mount.

This group aligns the Ethernet connector, the digital audio connector, three of the four HDMI 2.0 ports (one with eARC function that serves as the HDMI 2.1 advance), the coaxial antenna and satellite connectors, as well as a USB port with a recorder function.

The other ports are facing the right side, making them more accessible to connect an additional HDMI, two USB, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the dual CI card slot.

In addition to all physical ports, dual-band Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ac wireless connections are also not missing.

On the opposite side, we find a button consisting of six buttons with which the basic functions of the TV are controlled.

Cable management is limited to a flange near the central column that groups the cables before they are channelled into the column.

In short, the Panasonic HZ1500 is not the thinnest OLED TV on the market, nor the one with the most sophisticated design. However, its honesty in prevailing the space and design in the rear to integrate components that offer a better user experience has made this Panasonic HZ1500 have earned our respect.

The remote control of the Panasonic HZ1500 follows at the foot the TV's precepts prioritizing functionality over an aesthetic that may well have sneaked into the time tunnel directly since the early 2000s.

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