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Panasonic TX-L47ET50B review

3D excels on this super-slim 47-inch Edge LED, but where are the glasses?

Our Verdict

For

  • Stunning 3D
  • Crystal Frame design
  • HD detail
  • Wi-Fi Viera Connect

Against

  • Contrast fades
  • Flicker on 2D-3D conversion
  • Average blacks
  • No 3D glasses

The Panasonic TX-L47ET50B uses active shutter instead of passive 3D technology. Active shutter uses powered, relatively chunky glasses with left and right lenses that open and close in sync with the 3D display's flashing of left and right eye images.

Some complain of a constant flicker, but each of those images is in Full HD resolution. That's key, since passive 3D TVs don't flash any images, and instead require passive polarising lenses that can separate the left and right eye images without power.

The glasses are much cheaper - as little as a pound/dollar or two - but the Full HD resolution is shared between each eye. It's noticeably softer, but easier to watch for long periods.

By default, the home screen for Viera Connect displays icons for BBC News, Skype, BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, YouTube and Fetch TV. Although it's fully customisable, the central screen is always reserved for playing whatever live input was playing when Viera Connect started up - typically live TV or a Blu-ray disc.

Panasonic TX-L47ET50B review

Other screens include Netflix, Acetrax, Twitter, Euronews, Facebook, CNBC Real Time, DailyMotion, Picasa, SHOUTcast radio, Aupeo, iConcerts and some games and weather apps.

There's also a downloadable web browser, and a market area of Viera Connect where hardware and software can be purchased.

If the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B cashes in, it can also have a cache in it - shove in a USB flash drive or SD card of at least 2GB (although 16GB and higher is far more practical) and it can pause live TV, rewind it and even record it - using timers, no less.

It's impressive, but actually quite limiting; there's only one Freeview tuner included, so if it's switched on it can only record what you're watching. It's useful for recording something while you're out, for sure, but that's about it.

Panasonic TX-L47ET50B review

The Panasonic TX-L47ET50B, like almost all smart TVs, likes to think of itself as a media streamer. As well as three USB ports and one SD card slot for playing digital media from a USB stick or HDD, it has Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet LAN for networking.

Here it's in its most advanced form yet, going beyond the usual digital file fetch; programmes recorded from the Freeview tuner via this TV can be shared on other DLNA-compatible devices - typically a laptop or PC on the same home network.

Picture tech-wise, the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B has a 200Hz 'Clear Panel' capable of 800Hz backlight scanning as well as frame interpolation tech called Intelligent Frame Creation.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ET50
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19 kg
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand704 mm
Width with Stand1098 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year94 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height656 mm
Width1098 mm
Depth36 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesET50
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Teletext, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT)
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L47ET50B
Product NameTX-L47ET50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL47ET50B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

47" Smart VIERA LED TV - Smart Feature and Fantastic Picture Quality
The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays FULL HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg