Panasonic TX-L37E5B review

Upscale 37-inch Edge LED set with engaging smart dimension

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The TX-L37E5B puts on the kind of picture performance that's sadly lacking on too many so-called all-round TVs.

Colour tones across all sources are precise yet subtle, with none of the 'in-yer-face' antics of some LED-backlit tellies, though the merely average black levels do sometimes interrupt the otherwise natural-looking image.

A shot of the cockpit in a Super Constellation plane during Legends of Flight on Blu-ray shows signs of washed-out areas of black, with only major delineations between shades obvious.

Elsewhere we're impressed by the detail from good sources of HD – such as from our test disc Avatar – whose forest scenes are well rendered and involving.

We've seen sharper, but there's nothing to worry about in this regard.

However, the TX-L37E5B is not perfect.

We've not been blown away by Panasonic's frame interpolation tech – called Intelligent Frame Creation – on some of its other LED TVs, but it's sorely missed here.

During a scene from Legends of Flight where a glider flies past a rocky outcrop of a mountain in the background, the latter judders severely, while in a graphics-heavy sequence some brightly lit lines against a pure black background aren't always clear.

Judder is most evident during horizontal camera pans. There's also some blur, though for most scenes it's not a continual problem.

This is footage that contains a lot of challenging sequences, and the TX-L37E5B does do really well, but it's a good value performance rather than a pitch-perfect one.

Fine, bright lines against black backgrounds move quickly and are rendered not spotlessly, but accurately enough for the money – and that's the key.

Blacks aren't pure, but they're almost there.

The judder in Blu-ray discs is actually the biggest problem, and we know some viewers after 'cinematic' pictures couldn't care less about that. What everyone will love is the reassuringly wide viewing angle.

Images from Freeview HD are solid, with a lot less picture noise and jagged edges on show, but the HD broadcasts just don't seem to be as detailed as they should be.

Pointless on BBC One HD lacks any kind of sparkle, but switch to a standard definition channel – in this case the same programme broadcast on BBC One – and the flaws start to creep in.

Covered in mosquito noise and a tad over-saturated, the picture is softer than it should be on a 37-inch panel.

In retrospect the HD performance doesn't seem as bad, though the flaws remain.

DVD upscaling isn't quite as soft as SD (Standard Definition) telly, though a sheen of picture noise lays across the top.

A blast of The Apprentice in HD from VIERA Connect's BBC iPlayer app appears crisp and contrasty, if slightly noisy, with jagged edges, though the only problem with an MKV trailer of Star Trek is that previously spotted film judder.

While it might seem strange to praise the TX-L37E5B for a problem it doesn't have, it's nevertheless quite a shock to see that those LED clusters around the edge of the LCD panel don't lead to an unevenly bright panel, and there's zero light leakage. That's rare – and it's one less thing to worry about in a thoroughly good value picture performance.

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
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption82 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand581 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product ModelTX-L37E5B
Product NameTX-L37E5B 37" Smart VIERA LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L37E5B
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.50 kg