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The Black Friday Panasonic EZ 952 is a serious television in both its design and its menu settings. It is also the most affordable member of Panasonic’s OLED family. OLED for those unfamiliar, stands for organic light-emitting diode and is an alternative to LCD displays. It also more importantly, lets them deliver absolute blackness, because the pixels can be switched off completely. It used to be really expensive but happily the price has come down considerably. When you turn on the EZ 952 you are greeted by Firefox OS, the operating system that runs on all current Panasonic Smart TVs. It offers almost every on-demand service you could need. Firefox is clear and simple to use, but it is not as flashy or as well integrated as the LG and Samsung operating systems are, feeling rather like a piece of software bolted on the top of Panasonic’s own menus for navigation. You get two remotes, a large clicker and a touchpad remote. While the touchpad might be the hot new thing, there Is no school like the old school, the click is more reliable and has a dedicated button for Netflix. Getting the Black Friday EZ 952 to look its best, is a rather arduous task, thanks for an abundance of technical options that often are not particularly well explained. Some options are incompatible with others, colour gamut and colour remaster for example, but at least the TV alerts you to that when you hover over those settings. There is also a whole Advanced Settings menu that is unavailable when you are using the normal mode. If you want access, you can put your TV into a custom mode, but I would suggest leaving those options alone, unless you’re an experienced TV calibrator. When it comes to the look of the TV itself, the Panasonic is decidedly no-nonsense. There is a lot that this TV gets right. Colours may not be as punchy as they are elsewhere, but they are natural and realistic. Skin tones are well judged with natural colour and genuine subtlety. There is a good amount of detail in the 4k picture, provided the scene is fairly well lit, as the EZ 952 does not quite have the insight into darkness as its competition. It lacks the dynamism and dimensionality of the Sony KD but is blue razor-sharp detailed and supremely balanced. Gamers should be kept happy by the Panasonic’s input lag of just 26 milliseconds.