Panasonic TX-L37ET5B review

An midrange Edge LED telly with an aggressive passive 3D performance

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  • Comfy and versatile 3D
  • Four pairs of 3D glasses
  • VIERA Connect
  • Impressive 2D-3D conversion


  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Visible horizontal lines
  • Average contrast
  • Soft standard definition

Do you want 3D? Many don't, it seems, and that could be something to do with the high prices of TVs and especially 3D glasses.

Panasonic - inventor of the pricey though often awesome Active Shutter 3D system has rather predictably taken commercial realities onboard and fitted its 37-incher with Passive 3D tech, which Panasonic calls Easy 3D.

The differences between the two technologies is explained here, though the use of Easy 3D on the TX-L37ET5 means that four pairs of featherlight 3D glasses are included in the box. Identical to the types used in 3D cinemas, the sheer number and breakability of these polarised glasses (they only cost a few quid to replace) immediately makes 3D more appealing to families.

Only kids' films seems to make it onto 3D Blu-ray in any number, anyway, so we'd class 3D as a tech for families, not film buffs. A wise move, then, by Panasonic, though it does mean that the LCD panel inside the Edge LED-backlit TX-L37ET5 is sourced from LG, maker of the Film Patterned Retarder screen at the heart of the (once) rival 3D tech.

Elsewhere the TX-L37ET5's key selling point is likely to be its Smart VIERA moniker, which comprises both home networking and a burgeoning on-demand hub called VIERA Connect. Thankfully fuelled by a built-in Wi-Fi module (it's actually clipped onto the back), VIERA Connect has added not only a number of apps to its service (namely Netflix) to join the likes of the BBC iPlayer, BBC News and YouTube, but also a web browser and a shopping dimension that covers both games and hardware.

Looks-wise the TX-L37ET5 is nothing particularly special, although its use of a transparent plasic trim around the bezel is a good-looking move. Measuring 22mm wide, that bezel isn't particularly slim, though the TX-L37ET5's 40mm depth is reasonably good value on an entry-level TV that's largely about features, convenience and value rather than no-holds-barred picture quality.

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 ET5
3D Type3D
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)14 kg
Operating Power Consumption88 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand580 mm
Width with Stand874 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate300 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height534 mm
Width874 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesET5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Product ModelTX-L37ET5B
Product Name37" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL37ET5B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

Package Contents
  • 37" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.50 kg