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Panasonic TX-55GX550B (2019) LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, 55" with Freeview Play, Black £499 + 5 year guarantee @ John Lewis & Partners
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Posted 15th Aug 2019

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Its a fake !

Made by Vestel
deanos15/08/2019 20:43

Its a fake !Made by Vestel


It appears to be almost identical to last year's FX550b too, which can probably be found much cheaper than this.
This or the FX550B for £350?
neo440315/08/2019 22:59

This or the FX550B for £350?


It appears to be the same TV, with no new features compared, so the FX550B is better value.
i have just bought a Hitachi 55" same spec for £399
Thanks for posting @folsomblues
I've added the product name to the title. This helps users know what the deal is / helps with search and keywords like HD, Smart, TV, 4K etc are useful
andywedge15/08/2019 23:36

Thanks for posting @folsomblues I've added the product name to the title. …Thanks for posting @folsomblues I've added the product name to the title. This helps users know what the deal is / helps with search and keywords like HD, Smart, TV, 4K etc are useful


Thanks!
neo440315/08/2019 22:59

This or the FX550B for £350?


Hi have you got a link for that please?
Can i have link plz
I see these Panasonic's so called Vestals get put down a fair bit in the comments but why do they get heat and voted up? Am I missing something?

Must admit I was in my JL a couple of weeks ago. They had a Sony 9000, Panasonic 700, Samsung 7100 and 7400 all side by side. The Panasonic actually looked great. I thought the picture was better than the Samsung's and it destroyed them when it came to viewing angles. So what gives? Genuinely curious. Just ordered a 49FX550.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 09:00

I see these Panasonic's so called Vestals get put down a fair bit in the …I see these Panasonic's so called Vestals get put down a fair bit in the comments but why do they get heat and voted up? Am I missing something?Must admit I was in my JL a couple of weeks ago. They had a Sony 9000, Panasonic 700, Samsung 7100 and 7400 all side by side. The Panasonic actually looked great. I thought the picture was better than the Samsung's and it destroyed them when it came to viewing angles. So what gives? Genuinely curious. Just ordered a 49FX550.


Hi, I'm looking for a 49FX550 for my mum. Mind me asking where you got it from and how much for?


Also, to answer your Panasonic/Vestel question, I think it's a little snobbery, and/or also people standing against false advertising because it's not a "genuine" Panasonic. In my eyes, if you're looking within a budget chances are you'll get a Vestel screen in the TV. The screens are bad, not at all. You'll always get what you pay for with stuff like this. It's more important to look at the TV menu navigation and smart features to decide if it's for you.
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 09:04

Hi, I'm looking for a 49FX550 for my mum. Mind me asking where you got it …Hi, I'm looking for a 49FX550 for my mum. Mind me asking where you got it from and how much for? Also, to answer your Panasonic/Vestel question, I think it's a little snobbery, and/or also people standing against false advertising because it's not a "genuine" Panasonic. In my eyes, if you're looking within a budget chances are you'll get a Vestel screen in the TV. The screens are bad, not at all. You'll always get what you pay for with stuff like this. It's more important to look at the TV menu navigation and smart features to decide if it's for you.


The Panasonic eBay store. The items are refurb. There is another deal on here which has now expired with 49FX550s and 555s as well as 55 inches for £179-199 if you can get a them. Last years model but still retail at 300-400. I just ordered one this morning. Guess I'll see how good it is soon.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 09:10

The Panasonic eBay store. The items are refurb. There is another deal on …The Panasonic eBay store. The items are refurb. There is another deal on here which has now expired with 49FX550s and 555s as well as 55 inches for £179-199 if you can get a them. Last years model but still retail at 300-400. I just ordered one this morning. Guess I'll see how good it is soon.


Ah, I'd seen the refurbished. Thought you meant new. I'll keep an eye out, thanks. Will probably end up getting a new FX series if the price is right before the refurbs come back in stock.
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 09:04

Hi, I'm looking for a 49FX550 for my mum. Mind me asking where you got it …Hi, I'm looking for a 49FX550 for my mum. Mind me asking where you got it from and how much for? Also, to answer your Panasonic/Vestel question, I think it's a little snobbery, and/or also people standing against false advertising because it's not a "genuine" Panasonic. In my eyes, if you're looking within a budget chances are you'll get a Vestel screen in the TV. The screens are bad, not at all. You'll always get what you pay for with stuff like this. It's more important to look at the TV menu navigation and smart features to decide if it's for you.



Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the morals of a company synonymous with selling premium, well built products sticking their name on a junky Vestel chassis. Vestel TV’s are poorly made and that’s putting it politely - night and day difference when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They’re no different, most of the time identical to the TV’s being sold under in house brands like Techwood (for example) from AO often being sold substantially cheaper.

As an example, you can buy a 55" Techwood 55AO8UHD from AO for £350 - different design but it will be using the same Vestel chassis (which for Vestel means same main board and panel combo) and will perform equal to the X500 series. The only difference being Vestel use a menu skin on Panasonic branded TV's to give them more of an "authentic" look.
freakstyler30/08/2019 10:04

Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the …Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the morals of a company synonymous with selling premium, well built products sticking their name on a junky Vestel chassis. Vestel TV’s are poorly made and that’s putting it politely - night and day difference when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They’re no different, most of the time identical to the TV’s being sold under in house brands like Techwood (for example) from AO often being sold substantially cheaper.As an example, you can buy a 55" Techwood 55AO8UHD from AO for £350 - different design but it will be using the same Vestel chassis (which for Vestel means same main board and panel combo) and will perform equal to the X500 series. The only difference being Vestel use a menu skin on Panasonic branded TV's to give them more of an "authentic" look.



I said a little brand snobbery. Perhaps it was a poor choice of words. My point, as you have said, is that somebody wouldn't want to buy this because it's not a "True Panasonic" and thus one is biased against Vestel. I'm not saying it's wrong to be biased against them. They are cheaply made. I was merely providing a potential answer why some TVs do and don't get heat, and why they are good/bad deals.
freakstyler30/08/2019 10:04

Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the …Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the morals of a company synonymous with selling premium, well built products sticking their name on a junky Vestel chassis. Vestel TV’s are poorly made and that’s putting it politely - night and day difference when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They’re no different, most of the time identical to the TV’s being sold under in house brands like Techwood (for example) from AO often being sold substantially cheaper.As an example, you can buy a 55" Techwood 55AO8UHD from AO for £350 - different design but it will be using the same Vestel chassis (which for Vestel means same main board and panel combo) and will perform equal to the X500 series. The only difference being Vestel use a menu skin on Panasonic branded TV's to give them more of an "authentic" look.


Hi Mate, How on earth do you tell the difference between a genuine Pani and a Vestal? I know Panasonic do still make there own high end products but Im struggling to understand what model knows those would relate too. Any help would be appreciated.
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 09:18

Ah, I'd seen the refurbished. Thought you meant new. I'll keep an eye out, …Ah, I'd seen the refurbished. Thought you meant new. I'll keep an eye out, thanks. Will probably end up getting a new FX series if the price is right before the refurbs come back in stock.


Yes, Its a refurb but from what people have said some items look spotless. Depends how much you want to spend. I was going to spend a shed load on a high end Sony but then will spending 3x on a TV give me 3x quality? Im currently using a 24inch Dell monitor which is 10 or so years old lol. I did see the Panasonic in the flesh, wether its a Vestal or whatever and I felt the picture was good enough to me. Its also a personal choice I guess.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 10:26

Yes, Its a refurb but from what people have said some items look spotless. …Yes, Its a refurb but from what people have said some items look spotless. Depends how much you want to spend. I was going to spend a shed load on a high end Sony but then will spending 3x on a TV give me 3x quality? Im currently using a 24inch Dell monitor which is 10 or so years old lol. I did see the Panasonic in the flesh, wether its a Vestal or whatever and I felt the picture was good enough to me. Its also a personal choice I guess.


I would go for the refurbished and I've recommended it to my family but sadly they are out of stock at the moment. I've narrowed it down to three TVs for them:
£349 FX555 (this is the one that's £180 refurbished). Limited new stock though.
£459 FX700
£600 FX750

I'm with you on the triple spending not equating to the TV being three times better though. The £600 TV is the better TV, and my family can afford it, but they won't recognise the difference from the £459 TV, as they don't game or watch enough. The FX700 is less hassle to get hold of too, with minimal driving and without waiting for a delivery, so they'll probably go for that.
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 10:35

I would go for the refurbished and I've recommended it to my family but …I would go for the refurbished and I've recommended it to my family but sadly they are out of stock at the moment. I've narrowed it down to three TVs for them:£349 FX555 (this is the one that's £180 refurbished). Limited new stock though.£459 FX700£600 FX750I'm with you on the triple spending not equating to the TV being three times better though. The £600 TV is the better TV, and my family can afford it, but they won't recognise the difference from the £459 TV, as they don't game or watch enough. The FX700 is less hassle to get hold of too, with minimal driving and without waiting for a delivery, so they'll probably go for that.


Quite a big difference in price between the 555 and 700 range. I saw the 700 in John Lewis and it looked pretty good to me. I hope the one Ive bought is decent or it will be going back. I read up on another forum that some of the newer ones are not Vestals anymore but I guess it depends on where they fall in the range.

Hope you get the tv you want. This deal is getting some decent heat so again its hard to believe these TVs are that bad.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 10:24

Hi Mate, How on earth do you tell the difference between a genuine Pani …Hi Mate, How on earth do you tell the difference between a genuine Pani and a Vestal? I know Panasonic do still make there own high end products but Im struggling to understand what model knows those would relate too. Any help would be appreciated.



The input layouts on the rear.

If you compare the input layout of the Panasonic X550 to the Techwood 55AO8UHD (Vestel) on AO you’ll see they’re identical. Vestel use two distinctive types of main board – the type used on the two TV’s mentioned previously is now the more common type used on most if not all of their LCD range. The other type is sometimes used on their super high-end thin LCD modes and their OLED range, see the Toshiba 55X9863 oled as an example. Most if not all of Panasonic's current low range offerings are Vestel made.

In response to you last comment, they are that bad when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They dont last, plagued with software issues and are poorly made with cheap components that are barely adequate. Nice for a bedroom or occasional use but use these for 7-10 hours per day with the backlight maxed out and you'll be lucky to get a year out of them. To give you an indicator of how much confidence Vestel have in their products, their power on timers in the service menu are measured in minutes.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 11:28

Quite a big difference in price between the 555 and 700 range. I saw the …Quite a big difference in price between the 555 and 700 range. I saw the 700 in John Lewis and it looked pretty good to me. I hope the one Ive bought is decent or it will be going back. I read up on another forum that some of the newer ones are not Vestals anymore but I guess it depends on where they fall in the range.Hope you get the tv you want. This deal is getting some decent heat so again its hard to believe these TVs are that bad.


I believe the 5 is Vestel, and 7 series are Panasonic. £110 more is a big jump tbf, but limited stock of 5 new.... Hard to decide
freakstyler30/08/2019 10:04

Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the …Brand snobbery has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with the morals of a company synonymous with selling premium, well built products sticking their name on a junky Vestel chassis. Vestel TV’s are poorly made and that’s putting it politely - night and day difference when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They’re no different, most of the time identical to the TV’s being sold under in house brands like Techwood (for example) from AO often being sold substantially cheaper.As an example, you can buy a 55" Techwood 55AO8UHD from AO for £350 - different design but it will be using the same Vestel chassis (which for Vestel means same main board and panel combo) and will perform equal to the X500 series. The only difference being Vestel use a menu skin on Panasonic branded TV's to give them more of an "authentic" look.


I have a 7 year old Panasonic 42" led TV viera series TX-L42E5B wasn't cheap when I bought it I think £800 ISH but it has been fantastic ! Best TV I've ever Owned I suppose it's a 'proper Panasonic' not a vestel version have it hooked up to a Bose 2.1 subwoofer with satellite speakers and I still see no reason ( other than the urge to go 4K ) to change it I guess you really get what you pay for in the end
harrerdarren30/08/2019 12:52

I have a 7 year old Panasonic 42" led TV viera series TX-L42E5B wasn't …I have a 7 year old Panasonic 42" led TV viera series TX-L42E5B wasn't cheap when I bought it I think £800 ISH but it has been fantastic ! Best TV I've ever Owned I suppose it's a 'proper Panasonic' not a vestel version have it hooked up to a Bose 2.1 subwoofer with satellite speakers and I still see no reason ( other than the urge to go 4K ) to change it I guess you really get what you pay for in the end


It is indeed a proper Panasonic, they're built to last and usually over engineered. Panasonic are playing with fire sticking their name on Vestel TV's, Toshiba did that years ago when they still made their own stuff and that pretty much killed off their European TV business. Ironically, Vestel now own the rights to manufacture and sell Toshiba TV's in Europe, a brand their poor quality products helped to destroy.
freakstyler30/08/2019 13:32

It is indeed a proper Panasonic, they're built to last and usually over …It is indeed a proper Panasonic, they're built to last and usually over engineered. Panasonic are playing with fire sticking their name on Vestel TV's, Toshiba did that years ago when they still made their own stuff and that pretty much killed off their European TV business. Ironically, Vestel now own the rights to manufacture and sell Toshiba TV's in Europe, a brand their poor quality products helped to destroy.


Good to know , mine is absolutely top quality will actually be sad the day I change it ,I will no doubt get a quality set next time too probably oleds will be in my price range by the time I need a new one
Found this. A lot of the detail behind the 550 and 650 is limited but you can see they are very similar. The 750 has way more tech and the size of the frame etc is different. The other two are near identical. So the 750 must be a real Pani.

displayspecifications.com/en/…a88
freakstyler30/08/2019 11:46

The input layouts on the rear. If you compare the input layout of the …The input layouts on the rear. If you compare the input layout of the Panasonic X550 to the Techwood 55AO8UHD (Vestel) on AO you’ll see they’re identical. Vestel use two distinctive types of main board – the type used on the two TV’s mentioned previously is now the more common type used on most if not all of their LCD range. The other type is sometimes used on their super high-end thin LCD modes and their OLED range, see the Toshiba 55X9863 oled as an example. Most if not all of Panasonic's current low range offerings are Vestel made. In response to you last comment, they are that bad when compared with a proper Panasonic made TV. They dont last, plagued with software issues and are poorly made with cheap components that are barely adequate. Nice for a bedroom or occasional use but use these for 7-10 hours per day with the backlight maxed out and you'll be lucky to get a year out of them. To give you an indicator of how much confidence Vestel have in their products, their power on timers in the service menu are measured in minutes.


Thanks for the detailed answer @freakstyler Just as a follow up question. What models are infect true Pani's and what are Vestals? I was comparing the 700-750 series and they look like they have different input layouts compared to the 500 series. I also found a comparison on another site which shows the 500-600 has Back LED while the 700 has Edge LED. So is the 700 model an actual Panasonic. I saw the 700 in store and thought it looked great. Never seen a 550 in store so cannot compare. I made the assumption the 700 and 500 would be pretty much the same. Looks like I might be wrong. The jump in price between the two also makes me think they are different.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 15:06

Thanks for the detailed answer @freakstyler Just as a follow up question. …Thanks for the detailed answer @freakstyler Just as a follow up question. What models are infect true Pani's and what are Vestals? I was comparing the 700-750 series and they look like they have different input layouts compared to the 500 series. I also found a comparison on another site which shows the 500-600 has Back LED while the 700 has Edge LED. So is the 700 model an actual Panasonic. I saw the 700 in store and thought it looked great. Never seen a 550 in store so cannot compare. I made the assumption the 700 and 500 would be pretty much the same. Looks like I might be wrong. The jump in price between the two also makes me think they are different.


See my answer 3h15m ago. 7 series is Pan, 5 series is Vest
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 15:20

See my answer 3h15m ago. 7 series is Pan, 5 series is Vest


Well they've posted it. Ill see what its like. Probably good to get to a store and see them side by side. I actually really liked the picture on the 700 so may just stump up the cost for it.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 15:24

Well they've posted it. Ill see what its like. Probably good to get to a …Well they've posted it. Ill see what its like. Probably good to get to a store and see them side by side. I actually really liked the picture on the 700 so may just stump up the cost for it.


Which have you ordered? I think I'll be getting the 700 for my family
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 15:06

Thanks for the detailed answer @freakstyler Just as a follow up question. …Thanks for the detailed answer @freakstyler Just as a follow up question. What models are infect true Pani's and what are Vestals? I was comparing the 700-750 series and they look like they have different input layouts compared to the 500 series. I also found a comparison on another site which shows the 500-600 has Back LED while the 700 has Edge LED. So is the 700 model an actual Panasonic. I saw the 700 in store and thought it looked great. Never seen a 550 in store so cannot compare. I made the assumption the 700 and 500 would be pretty much the same. Looks like I might be wrong. The jump in price between the two also makes me think they are different.


The GX680 range is Vestel, they appear to be edge lit going by the thickness. The GX700 range is possibly Panasonic made going by the review pictures on Argos for the 58” model – Panasonic are also advertising it as having a 5 year warranty, something they don’t do on their budget lines. It actually looks like a decent TV for the money, assuming it’s the real deal.

The difference between a Vestel Panasonic and a proper Panasonic is night and day. A proper Panasonic TV will out perform a Vestel in every respect, better built, reliability, better sound etc. If the GX700 is a Panasonic made TV it’s a far better buy in my opinion if you can push to £700 – 5 Year warranty where ever you buy it, 2 inches bigger if you go for the 58” and it also has local dimming which also makes a lot of difference with better blacks, even on edge lit modes.
Edited by: "freakstyler" 30th Aug 2019
Mr.Nutts30/08/2019 16:11

Which have you ordered? I think I'll be getting the 700 for my family


Got the refurb fx550... I mean I know its cheap but it sounds like its cheap for a reason lol. Now I have to think about how to cancel as they have just posted it. Maybe Ill just not take delivery and they will return it. Simplest way.
CheekyMunkey30/08/2019 16:36

Got the refurb fx550... I mean I know its cheap but it sounds like its …Got the refurb fx550... I mean I know its cheap but it sounds like its cheap for a reason lol. Now I have to think about how to cancel as they have just posted it. Maybe Ill just not take delivery and they will return it. Simplest way.


The 49" for £170? I want one, I think, but they're sold out. Are you by any chance in Lancashire? lol

ps big difference is price, I think with either TV, you're getting a good deal tbf. Depends whether you want the better TV or the leftover cash for other stuff lol
Edited by: "Mr.Nutts" 30th Aug 2019
lol. Now I know its in demand I might keep it....haha. Im in London mate so a million miles away.

I was just reading the 550 reviews on Currys and they are not great. I think freakstyler makes a good point. If you get a tv with a 5 year guarantee spending 400-500 isnt much and the picture quality will be great. IF you get a lower end/lower quality tv the picture quality may not be as good hence the experience and you're only covered for a year. Guess it comes down to how long it lasts for. Only real heat for the refurb is the price. Would it be worth getting for 400? Im not sure.

Lets see. Its been posted. If its decent Ill keep it as a backup. I will defo visit currys to compare the picture quality this weekend.
This is £439 at ebay with code PLETHORA ebay.co.uk/itm…uxg
Anyone know how this compares to the hisense Uled on here recently?
Toshiba are Vestels and they get decent reviews, for the price that is, but if a Toshiba 55" is cheaper then why not get that since they're the same TV more or less?
TV arrived last week and looks great. Picture options and black/colours too. I used to sell TVs.
You can definitely pay more that this and get a amazing picture. You can also pay slightly less and get the same.
Vestel or Pan it's a well put together TV with a great picture for movies, sport or gaming.
As ever it's personal choice.
So I was out checking out these TVs in the flesh seeing I had ordered the FX550 armed with the knowledge that I can tell the difference between the Vestal made Pani's and real Pani's. Have to say...I noticed the difference. The quality of the screens is pretty major especially if you are standing off centre. Also noticed motion blur with the Vestals and the general build is inferior. The TV I initially saw in JL was an FX650 hence why I thought it was the same as the FX550 hence why I jumped at it.

I cancelled my FX550. I know at £179 as a refurb it was cheap but ultimately I want something I will enjoy and be a little more confident Ill get a few more years out of it. There seems to be a trend of why the Ebay Panasonic store has shed loads of Vestal made ones refurbs but true Panasonics are few and far between and rarely that heavily discounted.

In the GX range anything up to 680 is a Vestal from what I saw. Models 800 onwards are Panis. Didnt see any 700s in JL.
CheekyMunkey02/09/2019 22:34

So I was out checking out these TVs in the flesh seeing I had ordered the …So I was out checking out these TVs in the flesh seeing I had ordered the FX550 armed with the knowledge that I can tell the difference between the Vestal made Pani's and real Pani's. Have to say...I noticed the difference. The quality of the screens is pretty major especially if you are standing off centre. Also noticed motion blur with the Vestals and the general build is inferior. The TV I initially saw in JL was an FX650 hence why I thought it was the same as the FX550 hence why I jumped at it. I cancelled my FX550. I know at £179 as a refurb it was cheap but ultimately I want something I will enjoy and be a little more confident Ill get a few more years out of it. There seems to be a trend of why the Ebay Panasonic store has shed loads of Vestal made ones refurbs but true Panasonics are few and far between and rarely that heavily discounted.In the GX range anything up to 680 is a Vestal from what I saw. Models 800 onwards are Panis. Didnt see any 700s in JL.


Yes you are comparing Vestel against Panasonic, but you are also comparing a more expensive unit so you should expect to see a difference regardless.

£349 FX555 (£180 refurbished)
£459 FX700 new
£600 FX750 new
Mr.Nutts03/09/2019 06:57

Yes you are comparing Vestel against Panasonic, but you are also comparing …Yes you are comparing Vestel against Panasonic, but you are also comparing a more expensive unit so you should expect to see a difference regardless.£349 FX555 (£180 refurbished)£459 FX700 new£600 FX750 new


I get that. I just think Ill be keeping it for a good few years so its probably worth the investment. The guy in the store selling the TV did not know about the quality differences in the Panasonic's either. Anyways, there will be a tv being returned to Panasonic EBay so from their courier so I reckon there will be at least one more showing up if anyone fancies it.

At a refurb price this is obviously decent. At the regular price not so much.
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