Panasonic literally set the bar with their impressive plasma and LED displays. High-end Panasonic TVs like the TC-P60VT60 were highly praised for offering excellent deep black levels, well-saturated colors and even some extra networking features to compete with other smart TVs. Of course not everyone cares about the best overall image quality and might prefer a TV that is a bit more elegant. Many Panasonic displays do have boring designs compared to the competition and Panasonic is looking to shake things up by injecting their latest LED technologies into fresh new designs. The Panasonic TC-L47WT60 has this design although it ends up being the most expensive VIERA LED display in Panasonic’s 40-inch TV category.
A lot of manufacturers like to add elegance to their flagship models. But the TC-L47WT60 surprisingly manages to stand out from the crowd. The design screams purity with a near bezel-less display and a glass base surrounded by metal. It is nice to see Panasonic trying something different for a change. The TV looks pretty expensive and simply fresh. Plus, the back of the Panasonic TC-L47WT60 is white further separating this TV from the sea of black displays. It is also very thin which is something that LED displays always have an advantage over plasma displays.
The TC-L47WT60 has some serious display tech beneath the impressive IPS LED panel. The panel alone is responsible for the excellent viewing angles allowing you to see clear visuals even if you are not looking directly at the TV. Combined with the display’s 4200 backlight scanning technology, images also look very smooth and the visuals are flicker-free even if you bring up fast-action content on the TV. Out of Panasonic’s 2013 VIERA LED lineup, 47-inch WT60 is the only display released in 2013 that has a 240 Hz refresh rate. Darker scenes look good as well since the TV’s local dimming technology optimizes the contrast levels for richer gradation. Basically, the Panasonic TC-L47WT60 is one of the finest 1080p LED displays to consider even in an era where 4K TVs are looking to make a big splash.
Even though the TC-L47WT60 is merely a passive 3D display, the 3D visuals still look pretty incredible. There is a greater selection of 3D Blu-ray titles nowadays even though the technology itself never really went big. Watching these movies is still an enjoyable experience and the display comes with 4 pairs of 3D glasses so others can enjoy too. Even the 2D to 3D conversion feature works better than past models making this a feature worth trying out.
Panasonic continues to incorporate their VIERA Connect platform to their midrange and high-end TVs and the Panasonic TC-L47WT60 is no exception. It is still a nice smart TV platform to play around with as it offers one of the more customizable interfaces. The “My Home Screen” is just a button press away and you can navigate through the default layout to see what VIERA Connect offers. You can change the background of the home screen as well as the arrangement so you can make your favorite apps and widgets more accessible.
Navigating through a smart TV interface can be quite a pain for some models but the TC-L47WT60 tries to evade this by offering additional ways in navigating the interface. In addition to the standard remote control, the Panasonic TC-L47WT60 comes with a strangely designed remote with a circular touch pad. This touch pad makes it a bit easier to scroll through home screens and large webpages. Browsing the Internet with this TV is a pretty fun experience and it even supports HTML5 websites. This remote also has a built-in microphone which accepts English voice commands. The technology is pretty bland compared to the voice recognition technologies that modern smartphones boast but it can still be used as a quick way to let the TV perform basic actions.
If you frequently use your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet on the couch, your device could be a more pleasant way to control the TV. The VIERA remote 2 app allows you to alter the TV settings directly from the mobile device. The interface is shown right on the mobile device so finding the feature you want is a lot simpler. The app also provides some other nifty features including the ability to sync the calendar entries and reminders stored on the mobile device with the TV. This app can function as a remote launcher as well where you can simply pick the installed TV app to run and it launches instantly. Swipe and Share 2.0 is another cool feature to try out as you can quickly beam photos, videos and other files right to the display. You can even use a picture on your phone as the wallpaper for your home screen. With built-in Wi-Fi onboard, it is possible to enjoy these cool smart TV extras the moment you connect the TV to the wireless router. Wirelessly streaming content stored in another computer in the same network is possible as well. If the connection is sluggish, you can always copy content to virtually any USB flash drive and let the built-in media player do the rest.
Panasonic also managed to cram in camera within the TC-L47WT60. It is not by any means a feature that should get everyone excited but it can help if you want to video chat using Skype on a fairly large display. What is cool about this feature is the support for engaging in these video conversations while watching TV. The dual core processor with the Hexa processing engine does help the TV perform smoothly.
The Panasonic TC-L47WT60 is a fantastic flagship product with an amazing design and all the LED benefits for reduced power consumption. Lower power consumption means that the TC-L47WT60 can still earn a recommendation even if the $2,500 price tag is a bit high for a 47-inch model. Panasonic’s plasma displays are still worth considering if you are hoping to save money but with Energy Star 7.0 compliance, the Panasonic TC-L47WT60 is the better long term choice.
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