To help us provide you with free impartial advice, we may earn a commission if you buy through links on our site. Learn more

Panasonic Viera TX-L37E3B review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £570
inc VAT

The picture quality is excellent, but we missed motion smoothing and the internet features of other Panasonic TVs.


37in, Freeview HD, 1,920×1,080 resolution, 3D: no, 3x HDMI

When it comes to colour, it’s hard to beat the E3B. The parkour scene in Casino Royale, kicked off with rich and vibrant colours, coping well with the green vegetation, the multi-coloured clothing and the dusty environment. It’s a bright image, too, producing really nice whites. Detail in the image is as impressive and we found that we could see every inch of information in the 1080p Blu-ray picture.

Where the TV started to let us down was with the smoothness of the image. This 50Hz set has no motion smoothing processing at all. The new 200Hz sets and above have Panasonic’s excellent and natural-looking Intelligent Frame Creation (IFC), to create extra interpolated frames to smooth motion on screen. It works really well and we found that we missed it a lot here.

For watching TV there are Freeview HD and analogue tuners. HD channels, as you’d expect, produced the best quality image. BBC One HD looked fantastically sharp on this set and we appreciated the rich colours. The quality of SD channels varies, but the TXL37E3B coped well with artefacts and upscaling. Even the 24-hour news channels were watchable thanks to the processing in the set; it’s not quite as good as the processing on some Philips TVs we’ve reviewed, but it’s close.

Panasonic Viera TX-L37E3B rear

Sound is provided by two 10W speakers. They’ll play at full volume without distorting and sound pretty good. They obviously can’t match a decent surround-sound system for films, but for standard TV watching they more than do the job.

It’s a shame that this TV doesn’t have any networking features, and the Ethernet port only allows the TV to look for updates online. This means that there’s no Viera Connect internet portal to use for online services, such as BBC iPlayer. It also means that you can’t stream content over your local network.

If you want to play your own videos, music and photos on this TV, your only option is to plug in an SD card, as there are no USB ports. The TV will play JPEG photos, MP3 and AAC audio, as well as MPEG2, H.264 and .mov video files. However, the hassle of having to copy items to SD card means that this slot will probably only be used if you’ve got a camcorder and want to view its contents quickly.

The remote control is basically the same model as used for all of Panasonic’s TVs. It’s well laid out and simple to use. The only difference we could see is that this model doesn’t have a Viera Connect button because the TV doesn’t support the service.

In terms of pure image quality, we were very impressed by the TX-L37E3B. It produced excellent colours and the image contained a lot of data. However, there’s no getting round the fact that its motion is more juddery than on LCD TVs with a faster refresh rate. Given the lack of internet and networking services, too, we’d rather spend around £100 more and go for the E30B version instead.

Pages: 1 2

Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 37in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
1080p support Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
HD ready yes
3D capable no
Speakers 2x 10W


D-sub inputs 1
HDMI inputs 3
Component inputs 1
Composite inputs 1
Audio outputs optical S/PDIF out, headphone out
Other CI slot


Tuner type Freeview HD
EPG 8 day


Power consumption standby 37W
Power consumption on 0W

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £570

Read more