Panasonic TX-L42DT50B review

Black is sacked as Edge LED set embraces metal design, smart TV, streaming and 3D

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The TX-L42DT50B is a relatively high-end TV - that much is obvious from its slim depth and metallic bezel, the latter of which is some achievement considering Panasonic's rather lacklustre history in this department.

Feature-packed inside, we're able to detect that this isn't the brand's flagship set, but there's really no major flaws aside from a stubborn refusal to include 3D specs. It's a decision which rather underlines why most brands - including Panasonic, to some extent - is quickly turning to passive 3D system with its 99p 3D glasses.

We liked

VIERA Connect is now our favourite smart TV platform, largely because it does away with the dross and puts core services - as well as design and usability - at its core.

That gorgeous design encompasses the TV's metallic outer shell, too, while the inclusion of Wi-Fi and comprehensive streaming abilities is just as attractive.

Also noteworthy is the inclusion of Voice Guidance to increase accessibility, and speakers that, for once, aren't woefully bad on a super-slim TV. Add sparkling 2D and 3D Blu-ray, and this is one of Panasonic's best Edge LED TV attempts thus far.

We disliked

The lack of 3D specs in the box annoys us intensely - it's almost an admission that the Active Shutter 3D format, (Panasonic's own, remember), is either not worth bothering with, or on its way out.

We're also slightly disappointed in the viewing angle and appearance of light leakage from the LED clusters along the sides of the panel, though neither problem is extreme.

Final verdict

Panasonic changes pace with this beautifully designed 200Hz Edge LED 3DTV that sports slick the slick VIERA Connect smart interface alongside Wi-Fi, deluxe streaming, and even both Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners. Source neutral excellence abounds on this mid-to-high-end set, but there's no 3D specs in the box.

Also consider

If you're not bothered about 3D, there's little point in investing in a screen that's capable, so instead head to Panasonic's E5 Series or a budget TV such as the Samsung UE40D5520.

If you are, but think active shutter 3D looks a little pricey, there's always LG's great value 42LW550T.

If it's flagship sets you're after, skip this generation and head to the likes of the Panasonic TX-P50VT50 3D plasma or TX-L42WT50 Edge LED 3DTV, or the Samsung UE46ES8000.

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
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption116 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand615 mm
Width with Stand958 mm
Depth with Stand258 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year78 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate1.60 kHz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height569 mm
Width958 mm
Depth27 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Picture and Text (PAT)
Product ModelTX-L42DT50
Product NameTX-L42DT50B 42" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L42DT50B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

42" Smart VIERA LED TV - Full HD 3D LED panel, Internet Browser and Wi-Fi Built-in (Energy Efficiency Class A+)

The display alternately shows images for the left and right eyes. The left and right lenses of the eyewear open and close in sync with this display timing to show separate images to the left and right eyes. By repeating this action at high speed, the brain perceives 3D images. And because this method displays FULL HD 3D images just as they are, both eyes receive 3D images in high, full-HD quality.

In addition to increasing the generated frames from 50 to 200 frames per second, backlight control has evolved through area splitting. The backlight's fine blinking reduces afterimages, to produce smooth, fast movements without blurring. Sports scenes, action scenes and other fast-motion images are crisp and clear.

Package Contents
  • TX-L42DT50B 42" Smart Viera LED TV
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11 kg