Panasonic TX-L50E6B review

  • £899
  • $1392

It's got the looks, is almost as smart as any other Panasonic TV and it's a bargain

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Great Value

As a mid-range TV, the Panasonic TX-L50E6B's most appealing attributes are its slinky design and revamped smart TV interface, plus big-screen viewing at a relatively affordable price.

The screen's basic panel and price do, however, mean that several key technologies designed to yield the best possible pictures from more expensive models are absent, which means compromises have to be made. And let's not forget that this is a 2D-only screen.

We liked

The Panasonic TX-L50E6B is an aesthetic delight that looks almost as classy as any screen costing twice as much.

Equally pleasing on the eyeballs is the slick, user-friendly My Home Screen and app interface, while the smartphone/tablet app is easily the best example of a touchscreen alternative to the traditional remote control you'll currently find for a TV. The swipe and share feature in itself is a delight.

From a picture quality point of view, the positives include excellent black levels and a nicely contained backlight. Generally speaking it means that images are contrasty, well lit and naturally coloured, especially in Blu-ray playback.

We disliked

The sound performance is below par and doesn't reflect the sonic progress made recently on other slim screens. More worrying are the picture flaws including judder, poor motion resolution, softer than normal looking broadcasts and universally crushed black levels.

There's nothing dire about any of these problems in themselves, but collectively they can take the pleasure out of the Panasonic TX-L50E6B. At 50 inches, the absence of faster refresh rates and better processing is impossible to mask.

Final verdict

In trying to keep the Panasonic TX-L50E6B affordable it seems that one or two corners have been cut. And cutting corners off a TV is never a good thing.

For sure, the screen is a delight to operate and use, especially in terms of its connected TV, but even for the bargain price we feel that it would be hard to live with some of the picture imperfections.

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As we await the first 50-inch LED screens from other manufacturers, there are some end of season bargains to be had in the shape of these keenly-priced plasma screens. For active 3D without smart TV it may be worth considering the new Samsung PS51E490, a plasma TV that sells for under £800.

Otherwise, from last year's plasma ranges, the £650 LG 50PM670T and £800 Panasonic TX-P50ST50 are also worth a look.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E6
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand710 mm
Width with Stand1121 mm
Depth with Stand275 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height655 mm
Width1121 mm
Depth49 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesE6
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext, Web Browser
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L50E6
Product NameViera TX-L50E6 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L50E6E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17.50 kg