Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: TC-L55WT50
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CNET editors' review
price range: $3,371.07
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 07/18/2012
The good: The Panasonic TC-LWT50-series LED TV showed the best off-angle performance of any LCD I've tested, and its screen was quite uniform. Its 3D performance was good with little crosstalk. The styling is sleek with an ultrathin frame and unique horseshoe stand. Plenty of useful features are onboard, including a well-designed Smart TV suite and a touch-pad remote.
The bad: The high-priced WT50 has a sub-par 2D picture, reproducing a lighter shade of black than many cheaper LEDs. Panasonic inexplicably saddled the best default picture mode with compulsory smoothing, and the other modes have color accuracy issues. The TV doesn't come with 3D glasses.
The bottom line: Class-leading quality from off-angle can't excuse the expensive Panasonic TC-LWT50's disappointing picture when seen from the sweet spot.
Great Set with Nice Features!
by P-Haggard on April 21, 2013
Pros: Picture is great, it really pops, 3D quality is amazing
Viewing angle is excellent
Very good price at this time
Cons: Doesn't come with 3D glasses
Sound could be a bit louder
Summary: I always feel it helpful that the reader knows the basis for my reviews/comparisons. This is our fourth HD set, but first LED/LCD, the others are plasma. This ...
Summary: I always feel it helpful that the reader knows the basis for my reviews/comparisons. This is our fourth HD set, but first LED/LCD, the others are plasma. This is our second smart set. First off, this set is light enough to be delivered by UPS and not a special carrier, box is only about 6-7 inches wide and about 60 inches long. It was well packed but not like some where every inch of the set is covered in Styrofoam which you have to find some way to dispose of.
The base was easily attached to the TV given how light the TV is, only about 26 pounds. I followed instructions and put the TV face down (in my case on a bed). One person can easily move it to a stand.
Set-up is 8 steps which took about 5 minutes. I really like that the TV asked are you connecting to a satellite/cable and you then just answered "yes" with the proper input set and you did not have manually go to the right input later. Other questions were the basic: language, country, time-zone, etc. Wi-Fi set up was just as easy with the TV finding the network, connecting and asking for the password. At this stage you must pair your Touch Pad which requires you to be within a foot of the TV, more on the pad later.
Thanks to the set-up procedure when you turn the TV on the first time it goes straight to the right input and there is your picture. There are so many picture options not sure I remember all: standard, vivid, cinema, game (wear sunglasses on this setting) and custom. The picture is great, it really pops, maybe a little less than a plasma, but so close its amazing. One minor irritation is when you turn on the TV there is a box on the bottom of the screen telling you about your TV or how to connect a smart phone or how to do this or that. I have not found how to turn it off. Stays on about 10-15 seconds it seems. There is an auto-dimming feature that gradually brightens or dims the TV based on changing light conditions, it can be turned off if you don't like it.
The TV remote is well set-up and has the buttons where you expect. The Touch Pad controller is for internet use. The buttons, in my opinion could be better arranged, for example, the left and right buttons are on top and hard to find by touch. But what really needs work is the touch pad, it is much harder to use than what you are used to on a tablet, I often over shot the target on the screen or did not get it to move the cursor enough. Also typing a web address by moving the cursor and hitting keys on the screen is tedious. I much prefer the remote on my other smart TV which has the TV remote on one side and an internet based controller with a QWERTY keyboard on the other. The TV comes with the usual smart TV apps, connections are fairly fast and with the screen being so sharp easy to read.
As for 3-D, like most, if not all TV's it did not come with even one set of glasses. But that said, I got this TV not for 3-D and consider it a bonus I will get to later.
While I may have given too much space to the minor problems with this set.
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Overall it does deserve the 5 star rating.
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- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: TC-L55WT50
- Description: 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. VIERA remote app lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Text input is easy, too, with familiar keyboard operation. These handy devices also make great gamepads. VIERA Connect is an Internet service for TVs based on the use of cloud servers. It brings you video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, games, educational content, and lots more, through a wide range of apps. It's a great way to relax in your living room with family and friends. A chic, 10-mm metal frame defines the four panel edges to accentuate the images within. This is further enhanced by the crescent-shaped stand to give the display an extraordinary effect.
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 55 in
- Viewing angle 178 degrees
- Viewing angle (vertical) 178 degrees
- 3D Yes
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses sold separately
- Connectivity Wi-Fi,
- Internet streaming services Skype,
- Skype details Skype ready,
Web camera sold separately - Panasonic TY-CC20W
- TV features 2D to 3D conversion,
Flash and HTML 5 Web browser,
Super High Speed 1920 Backlight Scanning
- Technology LED-LCD,
- Backlight technology LED Backlight technology
- Backlight type (LED) Edge Light with local dimming
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- 24p technology 24p Cinematic Playback,
3D 24p Cinema Smoother
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- Widescreen modes Full,
- HDCP compatible Yes
- Supported DTV resolutions 1080/24p,
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Analog TV tuner NTSC
- TV tuner reception system NTSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 4 Watt,
1 x Subwoofer - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Analog video input signals NTSC
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects 3D Sound
- Total output power 18 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 4 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - On supplied adapter,
1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) - Bottom,
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3) - On supplied adapter,
3 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A),
1 x Network (RJ-45) - Bottom,
1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Type Standard remote control
- Features Touch panel
- Second remote control type Standard remote control
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Stand features Swivel
- Power device Power supply - Internal
- Power device nominal voltage AC 120 V
- Power consumption operational 85 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 48.8 in x 13.2 in x 31.7 in - With stand
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.6