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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

The TX-L37E5B is straddled by a yellow, blue and black user interface that's instantly recognisable to owners of Panasonic TVs from years gone by.

A VIERA Tools menu has been added to the bottom of the screen – complete with a shortcut on the remote – but it contains only lesser-used functions to do with viewing digital files and streaming.

The ability to rename the individual inputs thankfully remains – we adore this feature (it cuts down on explaining time when less than tech-savvy relatives and friends come to stay).

However, fiddling with the picture, sound and settings menus immediately produces a progress bar along the bottom of the screen, which is a long-winded way to make changes.

With the latest firmware downloaded (an all too common occurrence for smart TVs) and the TX-L37E5B re-booted, VIERA Connect impresses.

The success of the platform isn't in doubt, and though some don't like the way it's split between screens – and several screens, at that, if you download a lot of apps – it's easily customisable to bring the heavyweight services on to a single screen.

What is a bit of shame is that a specific arrow icon has to be scrolled to, to go back or forwards a screen; it would be far easier just to point the remote's arrow keys either up or down.

The VIERA Tools pop-up menu only works from the live TV screen, but only presents shortcuts to playing photos, videos and music from a docked USB device, or via the flaky media server function.

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From a USB stick we managed to play FLAC and MP3 music alongside JPEG photos, AVI, AVC HD, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG and even WMV and WMV HD files. Impressive – and so is the thumbnail treatment – and it gets better using DLNA to hook up to a PC.

In our test, we homed in on a Samsung netbook sporting Windows 7, from which the TX-37E5B played MOV, MP4, AVC HD and AVI video files.

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Sound

Its twin 10W speakers are hidden beneath the screen, though engaging V-Audio mode (using the remote control's 'Surround' toggler) does appear to lift the sound somewhat.

Treble effects, which are pretty detailed though a tad harsh at high volumes, are pushed nicely to the sides to open the soundstage.

V-Audio Surround doesn't make much difference and certainly doesn't bring any sense of rear surround effects, but it's worth trying out.

Overall the speakers are just about powerful enough for using with movies; we'd recommend using the 'normal' mode for general TV duties and V-Audio for movies.

Value

The TX-L37E5B is a relatively high-end option when compared to the £300 supermarket cheapies, but it's eons ahead of that kind of competition.

With a relatively wide viewing angle and a decent all-round performance, it excels with good HD sources but has enough in the way of colour and contrast to please most viewers most of the time.

Having said that, it's probably the luscious-looking – and relatively content-rich – VIERA Connect smart TV dimension that will convince most potential buyers to upgrade from a cheaper model.

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