Panasonic TX-L47ET50B review

3D excels on this super-slim 47-inch Edge LED, but where are the glasses?

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Buried in the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B's Market area of Viera Connect is a web browser. It's HTML5 compatible so can display media-rich websites, but there's no Flash support, so many video-based sites don't work.

It's easy enough to use, although it's still based around an (albeit huge) cursor to navigate using the clickwheel-looking buttons on the remote. It's slow, and if you have a smartphone, you'll only try it out once.

The user interface is reasonably easy to use, but a little stale and not a patch on Panasonic's new Blu-ray players.

Still, we like the Viera Tools menu that can be called up as a taskbar along the bottom of the screen. From there we played AVC HD, MKV and AVI video files, FLAC and MP3 music, and JPEG photos (which, incidentally, load very quickly in fast, dynamic and beautifully laid out software) straight from an HDD connected to one of the three USB slots.

Panasonic TX L47ET50B review

Connected to a network, we couldn't get the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B to recognise MKV files, although MOV and MP4 videos were playable. Photo and music file support remained the same.


Activate the V-Audio sound mode and dialogue is seemingly lifted so that it appears to emanate from the screen itself. The V-Audio Surround mode proves ineffective, although the speakers on this 47-inch TV prove meaty enough to do pretty well in our tests.

Hardly musical and lacking the ear effects and muscle for movies to really impress, the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B nevertheless makes a better stab than most TVs at genuinely useful sound.

Upgrade to a home cinema or 2.1 system, yes, but you can take you time about it.


With every passing year, formerly devout plasma fanatic Panasonic expands its lineup of LCD TVs, with 2012's crop now numbering seven separate ranges.

Panasonic TX L47ET50B review

The key feature in the TX-L47ET50B is the use of an IPS panel, although the viewing angle is less than we had expected on this usually reliable tech. Still, there's no hint of motion blur.

A big screen for a living room rather than a home cinema stalwart, the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B features a top-draw smart TV dimension in the shape of Viera Connect, although it could do with Lovefilm and some on-demand TV apps such as Demand 5 or ITV Player.

The Panasonic TX-L47ET50B doesn't do itself any favours in the value stakes by not including any 3D glasses, and with active shutter tech that's a misfire that could likely kill off the very idea of 3D at home.

It's a strange move for Panasonic - are we moving towards a situation where 3D-ready is just a backwards compatibility issue rather than a must-have new feature?

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ET50
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
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)19 kg
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand704 mm
Width with Stand1098 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year94 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height656 mm
Width1098 mm
Depth36 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesET50
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Teletext, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT)
Product ModelTX-L47ET50B
Product NameTX-L47ET50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL47ET50B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

47" Smart VIERA LED TV - Smart Feature and Fantastic Picture Quality
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.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg