The TV market is getting hotter. In this segment, some brands stand out by bringing several models to serve many types of consumers. Panasonic is not one of those companies, and was one of the most reluctant to adopt passive 3D technology.
Nevertheless, the brand began betting correctly. The VIERA TVs ET5B bring resources to the viewer enjoy high image quality, good performance with 3D content and the most varied types of online services. Evaluated all details of the template 42 inches. Before giving our considerations, see the specifications:
- Screen Size: 42-inch (107-centimeter);
- Maximum resolution: 1920×1080 pixels (1080p);
- Screen Format: 16:9 (widescreen);
- Panel Type: IPS LCD with LED backlight;
- Contrast Ratio: 4.000.000:1;
- 3D: Yes (passive);
- 3D Converter: Yes;
- Viewing angle: 178 degrees;
- Refresh Rate: 120 Hz;
- Channels System: NTSC / PAL-M / PAL-N / ISDB-T;
- PC signals: XGA / WXGA / SXGA 60Hz / 1920 x 1080 (HDMI);
- Speakers: 2 x 10 W;
- Audio technologies: DolbyPulse / DTS 2.0 + Digital Out / Real 3D Sound / V-Audio ProSurround;
- Inputs: 4 x HDMI / 2 x Composite / Component x 1/1 x D-Sub / 1 x LAN / 2 x audio;
- Other connections: 3 x USB / 1 x SD Card;
- Outputs: 1 x analog audio / 1 x digital audio (optical) / 1 x headphone jack;
- Wireless: Yes (built-in adapter);
- Media Formats: AVCHD 3D / Progressive / SD-VIDEO / Motion JPEG (Lumix) / DivXPlusHD / WMV / MKV / AVI / MP4 / MOV / M4V / FLV / 3GPP / VRO / VOB;
- Apps: yes (Browser, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Netflix, etc.);
- Power consumption (maximum): 113 W;
- Dimensions (W x H x D) (without stand): 99.7 x 60.4 x 5.2 cm;
- Weight (with stand): 20.5 kg;
- 3D Glasses: Yes (4 included);
Stylish and organized
Each manufacturer has its own style, but not all TV models have a differential design. In the case of VIERA TC-L42ET5B, the visual is something that deserves attention, for it can pierce elegance and modernity.
With reduced thickness, thin edges and silver color finish, this television impresses at first sight. Around the frame, Panasonic added a transparent border to give a unique touch to the design. This is not the most beautiful model of recent times, but it certainly is a unique and very elegant television.
At the rear, all inputs and outputs are combined in the same location (left of screen), facilitating the connection of other devices. Behind also have the functionality of buttons, which are hidden and do not leave the front polluted.
Sharp images and high quality
As external beauty does not say much, we were curious to see what the capabilities and qualities of this screen time to play more different types of content. We were impressed. The VIERA TC-fidelity L42ET5B presents the colors, nicely balancing the levels of contrast and brightness.
This 3D TV has four preset modes configuration, which guarantees good results for different media and environments. The True Cinema mode, for example, is perfect for watching movies on Blu-ray. Game mode now comes with some settings to alert the player about the time of play.
In our tests, the television had great results with the screening of films and computer games and the PlayStation 3. A pity that the manual adjustments and changing profiles are a bit complex, but nothing that a few clicks on the remote control does not solve.
Apps and games
The VIERA TC-L42ET5B is not just a simple TV. Bringing several preinstalled applications, this model fits the category of SmartTV. Very comfortable enjoy YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and many other services directly on TV.
You can watch your favorite movies and keep the timeline open Facebook, listen to hundreds of online radio, check the weather forecast and more. The panel apps is very beautiful and can be easily customized.
All settings are incredibly simple and you can install new apps through the store from Panasonic. It is worth mentioning that this 3D TV also offers compatibility with some games, and you can enjoy them using a smartphone as a joystick.
A 3D cinematic experience
Now, let’s get to it: the 3D. Before talking about the experience here is worth leaving a “congratulations” to Panasonic for providing four pairs of glasses to lucky owners of this VIERA. Thanks to these accessories, you can enjoy movies with friends or family without having to spend on new devices without having to leave or someone outside the party.
Well, as to the experience, we are satisfied with the reproduction of three dimensional content. Games like Gran Turismo 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Uncharted 3 are magnificent. Of course, you need to make some adjustments because the glasses darken the image a bit, but overall, the experience is very good.
VIERA This includes automatic detection and adjustments simple 3D content. The conversion from 2D to 3D also works very well. The quality is not the same three-dimensional movies, and everything depends on the content that is converted. Anyway, with a few adjustments, you can enjoy your old films in 3D.
Central high-quality multimedia
If you want to get rid of the need to connect the computer to an HDMI port, maybe this Panasonic can offer what you seek. In our tests, it showed videos of various formats and codecs. Playback of music and images also worked perfectly.
Be with a USB device or a smartphone connected by Wi-Fi, Panasonic presents this fluidity and good quality for you to enjoy your multimedia contents. Although generally pleasing, subtitles can not be regulated.
Besides playing videos, the VIERA TC-L42ET5B provides functionality to burn the contents that are displayed on the screen. With a USB port for external hard drives specially prepared, it facilitates the storage of your favorite movies.
Your smartphone is control
One thing that stands out on this TV is the possibility of using an iOS or Android smartphone as a control. The VIERA remote app offers the same features common control, a simplified navigation (which works with gestures) and some additional features.
The navigation in web pages, for example, is much easier with the use of the smartphone because it provides a more intuitive keyboard. The connection between the TV and the gadget is very simple, just set once.
It is best to connect the home theater
Of course this 3D TV from Panasonic is not perfect. Despite offering reasonable speakers, the listening experience is not the best. Even with the feature enabled ProSurround, television does not offer a good level of volume nor high quality music playback
Yes, we know that this is a television, and did not expect the quality or power of a home theater, but we were a little disappointed to see that she loses to some competitors.
It is not necessary to be worried about noise because luckily she brings a limiter that prevents distortion of sounds. It is important to mention, however, that if you’re not too picky, you might not even notice this issue at the TV sound.
Some distortions in the image
Although reproduce colors faithfully and present high definition, this VIERA is wanting to be distorted when the viewer is not displaying content in an appropriate angle. Watching television sitting diagonally (about 45 degrees) can already result in changed colors (they get darker).
Fortunately, in the TV menu, there are options to compensate for this distortion, which is easily corrected by increasing the brightness. Despite solve the problem for those who are diagonal, this change in the settings to generate images more whitish who sits in front of the television.
We also noted similar distortions when playing 3D content. Basically, you have to sit right in front of it to enjoy the three-dimensional effect and not bother with darker images. Moreover, with 3D movies, the angle distortion is much smaller, and, in some locations, the image can even be doubled.
It is worth
Certainly, this is not the best Panasonic TV, however it is likely that 3D TV is the best value for money in the question. Whereas she acts as SmartTV, offering compatibility with smartphones, brings Wi-Fi adapter built in and comes with four pairs of glasses, we could not ask for anything more for the $ 1,800 charged in some stores.
On the official website, the VIERA TC-L42ET5B costs $ 2,500, but in our research its prices ranged between £ 1,800 and £ 2,200. Of course, if you’re seeking and demanding a lighter, thinner, with bold design and to compensate any kind of distortion, then it may be that this model is not the most recommended.