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Panasonic TX-L47WT50B review

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

This is Panasonic's best Edge LED TV ever. It's not quite the high-end home cinema machine, but the sheer detail, smoothness, colour and contrast are a fine achievement – and the smart TV dimension and classy design help, too.

We liked

The super-slim bezel makes this Panasonic's best-looking TV ever, whatever the panel tech inside, and we love its overall picture performance, too.

Home networking is comprehensive and VIERA Connect as slick as ever, though kudos goes to the VIERA Remote app that 'flicks' photos, videos and websites from smartphone to TV.

We disliked

It lacks ultimate black levels, and we're not at all sure about either its 2D-3D conversion mode or its old-fashioned user interface.

If the latter needs a complete overhaul, so does its Freeview HD electronics programme guide, whose activation instantly kills both picture and sound of the live TV channel you're watching.

Final verdict

A smooth operator, Panasonic's TX-L47WT50 is both its best-looking and best performing Edge LED-backlit LCD TV so far.

Achieved in a seriously short amount of time, the brand that's famous for plasmas has here developed a super-slim bezel containing smooth, blur-free, contrast rich and immaculately detailed images.

A special mention goes to its smartphone app, though VIERA Connect's app-packed pages impress, too.

However, a high price and some distinctly old-fashioned menu systems take the gloss off an otherwise assured package.

Also consider

Other flagship Edge LED tellies worth comparing to the TX-L47WT50B include the Samsung's 46-inch UE46ES8000, and the slightly superior Sony KDL-46HX853.

For a cheaper option with awesome design and a 'passive' 3D dimension, try LG's 47-inch 47LM670T .

However, don't miss the opportunity to compare like with like; far cheaper, Panasonic's awesome TX-P50ST50 is this telly's closest competitor.

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
BluetoothYes
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption132 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand708 mm
Width with Stand1066 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
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)
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L47WT50
Product NameTX-L47WT50B 47" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L47WT50B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13 kg