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


  • 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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
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
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption132 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand708 mm
Width with Stand1066 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year95 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate1.60 kHz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD)
Height630 mm
Width1066 mm
Depth27 mm
Sound SystemDTS, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Picture and Text (PAT), Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP)
Product ModelTX-L47WT50
Product NameTX-L47WT50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L47WT50B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

47" Smart VIERA LED TV - State-of-the-Art Design, Full HD 3D Neo Black LED Panel 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-L47WT50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13 kg