Panasonic TX-L47WT50B review

Flagship Edge LED TV with 2mm bezel, smart TV, a cracking smartphone app and dazzling 2D and 3D images

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For

  • Slick VIERA Connect apps
  • 2D & 3D images
  • Excellent contrast
  • VIERA Remote app

Against

  • High price
  • Black levels vary
  • Poor sound
  • Sticky Track Pad remote

Is this Panasonic's best Edge LED telly yet? With a slinky designed frame around great smart TV features, a quality panel and dual-core processing, the company famous for plasmas here diversifies to stunning effect.

Design and build quality are second to none.

Measuring a mere 27mm in depth, the look is what Panasonic calls its 'Super Narrow Metal' frame, which features a 10mm black screen surround within a metallic 2mm bezel.

Completing the oh-so-svelte look is a curved 'crescent' desktop stand.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

Other than its generally very un-Panasonic looks, the headline act on the TX-L47WT50 is VIERA Connect, which is fast becoming one of the best smart TV interfaces around.

Unlike those on Sony, Samsung and LG TVs it's not fully integrated into the architecture of the TV, which may be a mistake, but at least keeps it a clean affair.

It's also customisable, which is rare, and a boon given the sheer amount of apps that keep appearing.

As a default (and do bear in mind that regular firmware updates may change this) VIERA Connect's first page sports BBC News, the all-new BBC Sport, Skype, BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, YouTube, and Acetrax movies.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

The second page includes Aupeo radio, Jambox Games (chess, Sudoku, etc), iConcerts, SHOUTcast radio, the useful ROVI TV guide, and Panasonic's own web browser.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

The third – and last, unless you download a load more apps – includes Netflix, Euronews, Dailymotion, CNBC Real-Time, and Fetch TV.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

On pure panel tech alone the TX-L47WT50B is just as smart, pairing an 'Infinite Contrast' IPS Alpha LCD panel with active shutter 3D.

Similar models

The TX-L47WT50 comes from a newly huge Edge LED collection by Panasonic.

Flanked by the 42-inch TX-L42WT50B and 55-inch TX-L55WT50B, this is the flagship LED Series for Panasonic.

There's no dual-core processing, but it's worth checking out the step-down DT50 Series, which includes the TX-L42DT50B and TX-L47WT50B.

However, get to this kind of money and it's seriously worth considering Panasonic's historical area of expertise – 3D plasmas – which include the fabulous, great value ST50, GT50 and VT50 Series.