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Panasonic TX-L37E5B review

Upscale 37-inch Edge LED set with engaging smart dimension

Our Verdict

Performing best with HD sources though with a decent all-round performance, it's this reasonably slim 37-incher's smart TV talents that most lend it an upscale appearance.

For

  • Versatility
  • Digital file handling
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Slick smart TV service

Against

  • Wi-Fi is optional add-on
  • Average contrast
  • Lacklustre upscaling
  • Freeview HD lacks sparkle
  • Lacks 3D option

Better known for its plasma TVs, but now on its third generation of smaller-sized LED-backlit screens, Japanese manufacturer Panasonic here confirms that it's attacking on all fronts with this thoroughly versatile living room all-rounder.

At first glance the TX-L37E5B might appear to be almost identical to its same-sized counterpart in Panasonic's 3D-ready ET5 Series, the TX-L37ET5B, but there is one massive difference that puts them at opposite ends of most shopping lists.

As the TX-L37E5B doesn't have Easy 3D on board, the core panel is sourced not from LG (makers of all Easy 3D panels, which use the Passive 3D tech), but from Panasonic's own huge LCD panel factories instead.

Most importantly, that means that an IPS LCD panel has been used, which thus far have proved to be some of the best in the business for widening viewing angles and contrast-heavy visuals.

However, the 150Hz claim slapped on the TX-L37E5B isn't as significant a part of this panel's spec as it first might appear.

As is becoming the norm, backlight scanning is used to multiply the maths in the name of marketing hubris; the TX-L37E5B has a standard 50Hz panel, nothing more.

That the TX-L37E5B is completely Panasonic's own work is underlined by the inclusion of its refreshed VIERA Connect smart TV hub, a central screen that presents apps such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Acetrax, Twitter and Facebook.

Panasonic TX L37E5B review

Many more are downloadable from VIERA Connect's Marketplace, with shopping opportunities for actual hardware if you're prepared to set-up an account using a debit or credit card.

That way you can add a Skype camera for full screen calling – not a bad feature for a budget TV – and other accessories, though do note that one of them is a Wi-Fi dongle – out of the box this TV comes with a wired LAN option only.

Still, found for as little as £559 online, the Panasonic TX-L37E5B certainly looks good value. Just 40mm in depth with a bezel around the screen reaching 22mm wide, a slim transparent plastic rim catches light nicely.

http   panasonic net avc viera global connect apps optional accessories

Build quality is rather basic, with a desktop stand that feels a little flimsy, though you'd be hard pushed to find a TV at this price that matches the TX-L37E5B's overall construction.

Using Edge LED backlighting and sporting a Full HD resolution, this comparatively rare screen size competes against few others, though we'll also be judging it against the plasma tech Panasonic used in its 37-inchers until very recently.

Also consider

Elsewhere in the E5 Series is the 32-inch Panasonic TX-L32E5B, 42-inch Panasonic TX-L42E5B and 47-inch Panasonic TX-L47E5B, all of which have identical specs and features.

Those after Easy 3D should investigate the ET5B Series, which comprises the 32-inch Panasonic TX-L32ET5B, 37-inch Panasonic TX-L37ET5B, 42-inch Panasonic TX-L42ET5B, 47-inch Panasonic TX-L47ET5B and 55-inch Panasonic TX-L55ET5B.

Step-up Active Shutter 3D tellies in Panasonic's arsenal are myriad, though begin in the ET50 Series that covers the 32-inch TX-L32ET50B, 37-inch TX-L37ET50B, 42-inch TX-L42ET50B and 47-inch TX-L47ET50B.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E5
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption82 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand581 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate150 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height534 mm
Width874 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesE5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Teletext, Web Browser, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37E5B
Product NameTX-L37E5B 37" Smart VIERA LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L37E5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

With VIERA's wide 178° viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.

Package Contents
  • TX-L37E5B 37" Smart VIERA LED TV
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.50 kg