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Panasonic TX-L37E5B review

Upscale 37-inch Edge LED set with engaging smart dimension

Unlike some of its 3D screens that use the Easy 3D system built around an LG-manufactured panel, the TX-L37E5B is pure and simple Panasonic.

It's got no 3D capabilities and neither does it have Wi-Fi connectivity (a separate DY-WL10E-K Wi-Fi dongle is available), though a wired Ethernet LAN port is enough to power arguably its most attractive feature; smart TV.

Panasonic TX L37E5B review

Here going under the moniker of VIERA Connect, Panasonic's own smart hub is one of the brightest and slickest around.

There's no Lovefilm, here replaced by Netflix and Acetrax, but the presence of the BBC iPlayer is reassuring. BBC News is also here, along with Facebook, Twitter, Eurosport and YouTube, among others.

The grid style home screen is one we like, though having to scroll through a carousel of screens – none capable of hosting icons for more than seven apps at once – can be a bit of a pain.

Panasonic TX L37E5B review

The centre space of every VIERA Connect screen is reserved for playing live video, complete with sound, from whatever input you look at last, such as Blu-ray, Freeview HD, or a set-top box, which subtly integrates the whole VIERA Connect experience with the rest of TV.

That's something the drab Freeview HD tuner can't offer; it cuts out both sound and picture when inspected via the remote's 'guide' button.

Panasonic TX L37E5B review

Marketplace – accessed via a link at the bottom of screens – is home to a plethora of apps and accessories.

All of the apps are divided by genre, and aside from a repetition of stuff already on the TV we discovered downloads for Screenrush, Viewster, Ustream TV, Vimeo and even (rather clunky) web browser software.

Most are free and download in seconds, though the Marketplace is also a place to make purchases. Simply log in, create an account and attach some payment details and you can browse and buy software (games) and hardware (gamepads, keyboards and 3D glasses).

This is something not offered by Panasonic's Blu-ray players and home cinema systems, which are all fitted with a 'lite' version of VIERA Connect that can't handle cash.

Strapped with the modestly named 'Brilliant Contrast', the TX-L37E5B has the anti-blur Clear Panel feature as well as Smart VIERA Engine Pro and Vivid Colour Creation, though performing a proper calibration could be easier.

Hidden away in the main menu's set-up tab is an 'advance (calibration)' option that has to be toggled on. Once that's done, the 'advanced settings' on the Picture tab hence contains tweaks to both the white balance and gamma levels.

The TX-L37E5B has ins and outs galore, with four HDMI inputs leading the charge, though we're not sure that its twin USB slots will be enough – especially if you decide to add a Wi-Fi dongle and a Skype camera, both of which demand a USB slot.

Panasonic TX L37E5B review

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 E5
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)13.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption82 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand581 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate150 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height534 mm
Width874 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesE5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Teletext, Web Browser, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L37E5B
Product NameTX-L37E5B 37" Smart VIERA LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L37E5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

With VIERA's wide 178° viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.

Package Contents
  • TX-L37E5B 37" Smart VIERA LED TV
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.50 kg