Panasonic TX-L47WT50B review

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

TODO alt text

As well as all of those apps, VIERA Connect is also one of the few online platforms to include an online shopping dimension.

Sign-up with a bank card and you can order the latest accessories (a Skype headset with cost you £120.25 for the TY-CC10W model, or £88.72 for the TY-CC20W), while Panasonic's 3D glasses are available in several flavours, costing from £16.13 to £80.65 at the time of writing.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

There are also a few games, though months after launch we're still only talking Uno, Asphalt 5 and Let's Golf, which can each be downloaded to VIERA Connect for £3.44.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

Other apps of note in the Marketplace include Twitter, Facebook and Social Media TV, the latter of which makes use of the set's dual-core processor to put your Twitter or Facebook feed directly beside the live TV feed; chattering away has never been easier – and this idea could really catch-on during the 2012 Olympics.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

So too the new multi-screen BBC Sport app, itself a thing of wonder; who needs the iPlayer? Not sports fans, that's for sure, though seeing as the BBC has limited and ever-decreasing broadcast rights to sports, it may not be much use beyond London 2012.

Two pairs of Panasonic's mid-range TY-ER3D4M Active Shutter 3D glasses (which you can buy on the VIERA Connect Marketplace/accessories for £64.52) are included in the box.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

The 'M' stands for medium-sized; 'S'-sized versions can be bought for the same price. The specs themselves are chunkier than those supplied with Samsung TVs, but are designed to keep light out more effectively.

As well as Active Shutter 3D, the TX-L47WT50 includes both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, a 1,600Hz system (though don't be fooled – it's a not-to-be-underestimated 400Hz brain with backlight scanning), Smart VEIRA Engine Pro (which includes Intelligent Frame Creation to banish blur, and a 24p Smooth Film to get rid of Blu-ray judder), 2D-3D conversion, Wi-Fi to aid VIERA Connect, and Bluetooth for fuelling those accessories.

The final innovation is a Touch Pad controller, a handheld device with a touch-sensitive pad for operating the TV via Bluetooth, though a regular remote is also provided.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

Ins and outs are as extensive as they get, with four HDMI inputs on the side, three USB slots (one of which can record Freeview programmes to an HDD, or pause live TV to a USB stick), and an SD card slot.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

Back there you'll also find adaptors for component video and Scart, a D-sub 15-pin VGA port for hooking up a PC or laptop, an optical digital audio output, and a wired Ethernet LAN slot.

Panasonic TX L47WT50B Review

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