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Panasonic TX-L37ET5B review

An midrange Edge LED telly with an aggressive passive 3D performance

Our Verdict

For

  • Comfy and versatile 3D
  • Four pairs of 3D glasses
  • VIERA Connect
  • Impressive 2D-3D conversion

Against

  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Visible horizontal lines
  • Average contrast
  • Soft standard definition

Easy 3D may not be able to match the ultimate detail of active shutter variants, but who cares? It's err, easier to live with and, let's face it, 3D as a format is only ever going to make an occasional appearance in the living room. Who wants to shell-out £50 on 3D specs when £1 will get you a performance that's at least half as good? Not families, that's for sure.

Packed with features and nothing if not good value, the TX-L37ET5 marries Easy 3D to an excellent smart TV dimension and a versatile, if occasionally flawed, treatment of myriad video sources.

We liked

Nicely designed and well built, this set features a great online hub and we like its support of MKV files, too. 3D pictures and hi-def fare well, and even the 2D-3D conversion worked relatively well in our test. Meanwhile, VIERA Connect continues to expand in a thoroughly slick manner.

We disliked

The 3D image isn't as sharp as on active shutter 3DTVs; the horizontal structure of the image is obvious, though arguably the panel's lack of contrast is just as much to blame for the lack of immersion. Though DVD looks OK, standard definition channels lack pizzazz.

Final verdict

It might lack star quality, but this versatile 37-incher brings 3D - and much more besides - within a tempting package. VIERA Connect is fast becoming our favourite smart TV hub, and while regular TV channels can look ropey and the viewing angle is narrow, the TX-L37ET5 puts in a family-friendly and exceptionally good value performance.

Also consider

Though is doesn't come in a 37-inch size, LG's LM670T Series is a close competitor to this Panasonic effort.

Toshiba's 37UL863B is a fair choice for those after Freeview HD - and even Freesat HD - though it lacks any 3D angle.

Toshiba's VL9 Series is worth looking out for, though this passive 3DTV line-up starts at 42-inch. Philips' upcoming 6000 Series of Edge LED TVs, which includes a 37-inch version, will comprise Easy 3D and the brand's unique Ambilight system as well as WiFi and Skype.

Although the use of Passive 3D on the this ET5 Series range of LED TVs could be construed as something rather important, Panasonic has actually churned-out several other ranges of LED TVs, all of which embrace Active Shutter 3D.

Passive 3D is reserved for this low-end Series, which also includes the 32-inch TX-32ET5, 42-inch TX-42ET5, 47-inch TX-L47ET5 and 55-inch TX-L55ET5. Active Shutter 3D fans should suss-out the ET50 Series' 32-inch TX-L32ET50B, 42-inch TX-L42ET50B and 47-inch TX-L47ET50B.

For a non-3D variant, the 37-inch TX-L32E5B costs a few hundred less. It's joined in the E5 Series by the 32-inch TX-L32E5B, 42-inch TX-L42E5B and 47-inch TX-L47E5B.

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 ET5
3D Type3D
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)14 kg
Operating Power Consumption88 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand580 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate300 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height534 mm
Width874 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesET5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37ET5B
Product Name37" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37ET5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

Package Contents
  • 37" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.50 kg