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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

It may not have any kind of 3D gubbins onboard, but that has arguably helped Panasonic develop a better quality panel with an image that's both more consistent and more impressive than some of its recent 3D attempts.

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We liked

Thoroughly smart in both looks and apps, it's the TX-L37E5B's core panel quality that make it a great step-up all-rounder.

Also adept with digital files via USB and DLNA, this increasingly rare size of TV has just enough detail and contrast to get the most from Freeview HD and Blu-ray sources.

It's also got both better speakers and a wider viewing angle than most of its competitors.

We disliked

For those of us who need to put a TV far from a router, the omission of built-in Wi-Fi effectively makes VIERA Connect an optional extra, while it lacks in ultimate contrast and detail.

Upscaling SD sources is also a bit of a letdown, as is the appearance of some judder in Blu-ray discs.

Final 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.

Also consider

See our '10 best 37-inch LCD TVs in the world today' for identically sized competitors, though we'd judge the TX-L37E5B's opponents to be not just the 3D-ready Panasonic TX-L37ET5B, but also sets from Toshiba and Sony.

The Toshiba 37RL853B has a better upscaler, but a woeful smart TV dimension when compared to Panasonic's VIERA Connect.

Sony's KDL-37EX524, meanwhile, adds an excellent black level response to its 'Lovefilm included' Bravia Internet Video Service smart TV hub, though does have issues with both brightness and motion blur.

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