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Panasonic TX-L55ET60 review

The low-down on Panasonic's cheapest 55-inch 3D TV

The dominant factor here is Panasonic's My Home Screen interface. This is inspired, frankly, in the way it manages to give you easy-to-follow and even personalised access to all the online/multimedia/tuner/DLNA PC sources the L55ET60 is a portal too.

It works by providing a series of pre-established 'home screens' with different focusses (Lifestyle, information, TV) as well as allowing you - and other family members - to build your own individual home screens, populated by links to only the apps and services you most use.

The menus are cleanly presented, respond quickly to your navigation, and are easy to follow. Even building your own home screen is remarkably simple, taking just a couple of minutes.

Also hugely appreciated are the lengths Panasonic goes to to make sure you understand how to use the L55ET60 right out of the box, via a series of written and spoken tutorials that kick in when you first boot the TV up. Thanks to these and the helpful layout of the menus, we never felt even confused by anything in the L55ET60's menus.

Panasonic TX L55ET60

This thoughtful approach stands in stark contrast to the inscrutability of Samsung's brilliant but daunting 2013 Smart TV interface.

The L55ET60's standard remote control is decent, meanwhile, not least because of its well-emphasised buttons for quickly accessing Apps and the Home Screens. However, if you have an Android of iOS smartphone or tablet, we'd strongly recommend that you download Panasonic's Viera Remote 2 app, which does a mostly excellent job of enabling you to share content from your device to the screen; share video from the TV to the portable device; control the TV; or even input voice commands and text to the TV via your smart device's built-in mic.

The separate menu system you have to use to adjust the L55ET60's pictures, sound etc is more bland than the rest of Panasonic's operating system, but it's still easy to use for the most part.

Sound

While the L42E6 only had a stereo speaker system, the L55ET60 enjoys a 2.1 set up, with an additional bass speaker. While this sounds promising on paper, though, it doesn't make as profound a difference to the L55ET60's performance as we would have liked.

There is a touch more bass underpinning the mid-range, and the set can go a bit louder before starting to succumb to distortions and overt muddiness. But the L55ET60's audio system still struggles to expand to accommodate action scenes, and sounds a bit unnatural with deep masculine voices.

Value

The L55ET60's £1500 price tag isn't steep by any means for a TV that offers the most user-friendly smart interface in town along with a pretty extensive set of multimedia playback options, a gorgeous design and frequently very enjoyable 2D and 3D picture quality.

However, the value argument is damaged a bit for serious film fans by the L55ET60's difficulties with dark scenes - especially given that Panasonic's new set is currently having to share shelf space with some excellent and now heavily discounted 2012 TVs.

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 Size139.7 cm (55")
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)25 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
RMS Output Power18 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand779 mm
Width with Stand1238 mm
Depth with Stand296 mm
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)
Height724 mm
Width1238 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-L55ET60
Product NameViera TX-L55ET60 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L55ET60E
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-L55ET60 LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)21 kg