Panasonic TX-L37DT30B review

Excellent edge LED TV with BBC iPlayer plus built-in Freeview/Freesat HD tuners

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Panasonic tx l37dt30b

If this 37-incher was a little larger, it would compete with Panasonic's barnstorming 3D plasmas – and it would come second judged on 3D images. Against other 3D LCD TVs, it's a competitive performer that pairs excellent 3D with quite wonderful 2D – and plenty more exciting features besides.

We liked

With deep blacks, BBC iPlayer, a clean and effective anti-blur system, HD sharpness and some striking colours, there's not much to complain about on this well-specified living room TV that covers all the bases.

We disliked

Too small for 3D? Perhaps, and although the size helps hide negatives on a very positive 3D performance, we're still not convinced about the whole system's performance in bright living room conditions, either; this TV simply isn't big enough to be considered as a home cinema display where a blackout might be possible.

There's a slight question mark over the viewing angle, but other criticisms are few – though the TV's central user interface and digital EPG are looking a tad tired.

Final verdict

Panasonic's first 3D LCD is a huge success. So good is the TX-L37DT30B that we have little issue with declaring it the finest 37-incher in the business.

If we view the 3D features as a futureproof add-on that will probably come in handy one day (when 3D glasses get cheaper), there's little not to like about this package of easy to use online content – BBC iPlayer in particular – and a decent all-round performance with digital media.

But it's that sparklingly clean and precise 2D picture from all sources that is this edge LED TV's headline act.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera DT30
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand570 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height536 mm
Width874 mm
Depth72 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product SeriesDT30
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37DT30
Product NameViera TX-L37DT30 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37DT30
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling as it is with Panasonic's 3D technology. Compared to conventional panels, the IPS Alpha panel used for the 3D LED LCD TV has doubled the response speed for a more uniform and rapid response. Also, a newly developed and original high-speed drive system increases the drive speed to achieve the highest level of 3D LCD image quality and minimal crosstalk, thus delivering clear 3D images and ensuring comfortable viewing.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg