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Panasonic TX-L37DT30B review

Excellent edge LED TV with BBC iPlayer plus built-in Freeview/Freesat HD tuners

Our Verdict

For

  • Freesat HD & Freeview HD
  • Detailed 2D Blu-ray images
  • Digital TV picture quality
  • Precise 3D in a blackout
  • Contrast ratio

Against

  • 3D glasses not included
  • Wi-Fi dongle costs extra

In some ways this 37-inch LED-backlit TV is all about convenience. We know – and Panasonic surely does, too – that 3D is much more impressive on bigscreen plasmas that hover around 50-inches.

So why bother with a 37-inch LED version? It's the holy trio at work once again in the flat TV market; the smaller, cheaper and thinner ethos are this set's core values, and that's obvious from the company it keeps in the DT30 range.

The TX-L37DT30B is joined by the 32-inch TX-L32DT30, which is also 3D Ready, making it one of the smallest such sets available. But this remains a premium TV with some exciting extra features that include Skype and a BBC iPlayer app.

The DT30 Series of edge LED 3D screens join a plethora of 3D plasma TVs in Panasonic's Viera arsenal, such as the VT30 Series (65-inch TX-P65VT30B, 55-inch TX-P55VT30B, 50-inch TX-P50VT30B and 42-inch TX-P42VT30B), GT30 Series (50-inch TX-P50GT30B, 46-inch TX-P46GT30B and 42-inch TX-P42GT30B) and ST30 Series (50-inch TX-P50ST30B, 46-inch TX-P46ST30B and 42-inch TX-P42ST30B).

The TX-L37DT30B may constitute an effort at getting 3D screens into the mass market, but there aren't any glasses in the box. Three-dimensionality, it appears, is just an option, though with the likes of Viera Connect apps, DLNA networking, SD Card/USB file playback and slinky edge LED backlighting, this LCD TV has plenty to offer.

Can Panasonic replicate its great work with 3D plasmas with LED-backlit success? Actually, it can.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera DT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand570 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height536 mm
Width874 mm
Depth72 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product SeriesDT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37DT30
Product NameViera TX-L37DT30 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37DT30
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling as it is with Panasonic's 3D technology. Compared to conventional panels, the IPS Alpha panel used for the 3D LED LCD TV has doubled the response speed for a more uniform and rapid response. Also, a newly developed and original high-speed drive system increases the drive speed to achieve the highest level of 3D LCD image quality and minimal crosstalk, thus delivering clear 3D images and ensuring comfortable viewing.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg