Panasonic Viera TH-L47ET50A review: Panasonic Viera TH-L47ET50A

Typical Price: $2,049.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good 2D picture. Good network feature set. Attractive styling. Good tablet/phone integration.

The Bad Poor 3D. Extra 3D glasses are expensive.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic Viera TH-L47ET50A is a neat and stylish TV with good overall performance, except for 3D where it is weak.

7.7 Overall

System

Now that Panasonic is moving more strongly into the LCD TV field, it seems to be keeping its 3D options open. This TV — a full high-definition 47-inch (119.2cm by my measurement) unit — uses active 3D technology. That is, the eyewear flashes the lenses between transparent and opaque states in synchronisation with the display of the left and right images on the TV screen. But the company also offers a passive 3DTV in the same size, although at a lower price and with a reduced set of features.

The active glasses are synced with the TV using a Bluetooth connection. At 30 grams, they are fairly light and comfortable, but you only get one set with the TV. Additional sets cost AU$99 each.

The TV is well equipped: four HDMI sockets (plus support for composite and component video), three USB (you can plug an HDD in to one for recording and time shifting), Ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi. It also has an SD card slot.

The TV's frame is pleasingly thin — only 28mm from the picture to the edge at the sides and top — and is mostly a light silver-grey colour. The swivel stand with which it is supplied has a sloped pedestal, which gives the impression that the TV is floating free.

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