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Panasonic TX-L47ET60B review

This good-looking 47-inch TV ups the smart stakes and puts 3D back on easy street

Our Verdict

The Panasonic TX-L47ET60B isn't as good as its plasmas. This LED-backlit LCD TV, however, is just as good as its real rivals - and probably better.

For

  • Passive 3D
  • My Home Screen
  • Build quality and design
  • True Cinema
  • Upscaling

Against

  • Only two pairs of 3D glasses
  • High price
  • Black levels
  • Middling contrast
  • Poor sound

Panasonic TX-L47ET60B review
The Panasonic TX-L47ET60B is a talented all-rounder if a tad expensive

We get the impression that Panasonic's visual department is in a bit of a quandary at the moment. On the one hand, its excellent value plasmas are perhaps the best pound for pound screens available for anyone.

Unfortunately, such is the marketing power behind LED-backlit LCD TVs that this slightly inferior technology has become the de facto flat TV. For its part Panasonic has produced a fantastic attempt at the latter, but compared to its similarly sized plasma, the 47ET60 just looks too expensive.

However 'second-rung' it feels from a Panasonic perspective, you'll not find a better example of LED-backlighting anywhere in 2013. If you can't be tempted to buy its beloved plasmas, Panasonic now has the next best thing. It's just a shame it's not a tad cheaper.

We liked

Almost ready to rock out of the box, True Cinema lends the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B an immediate dose of accurate colour, detail, smoothness and awesome upscaling. 3D is much easier on the eye, digital media streaming/USB support is excellent, and the My Home Screen innovation makes Panasonic's Smart TV effort much more organised. We especially liked the transparent apps screen and the tweaked EPG that now includes a live TV thumbnail. Build quality, meanwhile, is peerless, and the design is light, super-slim and, for once, not gloss black.

We disliked

Sound is bad, black levels and contrast so-so, and the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B is too highly priced. If it's not as good as a plasma then why does it cost more? We're also not totally convinced by the additional layer of GUI that My Home Screen adds, especially since the latest app is full of bugs and just doesn't deliver on its promise. Contrast and black levels, meanwhile, are utterly average, though totally in line with what mid-range LED-backlit LCD panels usually muster.

Final verdict

The Panasonic TX-L47ET60B isn't as good as its plasmas. This LED-backlit LCD TV, however, is just as good as its real rivals - and probably better. The picture quality may not be up to the pace-setters that cost a good deal more, but this 47-inch TV has a decent enough balance between contrast, colour and black level to survive as a TV for casual use in a living room. It's impressive-looking, too, and just 35mm slim. Add to that a tinkering-free experience thanks to True Cinema (you can forget about calibrating and spend your time more wisely - choosing a movie!), a top-quality SD-HD upscaling experience, hassle-free 3D and some novel smart TV applications and - with a few quid knocked-off the asking price, perhaps - the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B appears a talented all-rounder.

Also consider

Though few of its rivals have unleashed their wares for 2013 at the time of writing, we'd judge the Panasonic TX-L47ET60B - which is an update (though with passive in place of active shutter 3D) on 2012's TX-L47ET50B - to take-on the LG 47LM760T, also a passive 3DTV. Two active shutter alternatives include the good value Toshiba 46TL968B and the pricier Sony KDL-46HX853.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ET60
3D Type3D
Smart TVYes
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, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
RMS Output Power18 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height627 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth35 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesET60
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Web Browser, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L47ET60
Product NameViera TX-L47ET60 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L47ET60E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-L47ET60 LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)15 kg