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The WT50B, Panasonic's flagship LCD TV, is practically a carbon copy of the DT50, which we tested earlier this year. All that's changed are the design and remote control. It boasts Edge LED backlighting, 1600 Hz motion interpolation (effective refresh rate: 200 Hz), 3D compatibility (two pairs of 3D glasses included), online services (Viera Connect), PVR-Ready and a media player (DLNA and USB). A subpixel's shape doesn't lie. The WT50B's screen is made from an Alpha-IPS panel straight from Panasonic's own factories. With whites at 200 cd/m², the WT50B is very similar to the DT50. And like the DT50, the WT50B has been given a firmware update to make the colours more accurate. Its contrast ratio is also below average at 860:1, whereas 2000:1 is closer to what you would expect. The end result is blacks that look closer to grey. This is quite disappointing coming from a TV that's supposed to be a flagship model! IPS isn't known for high contrast, but it does have the advantage of providing a bit wider viewing angles than LCD screens. With 28% variation in the brightness along the edges, this IPS-Alpha panel gets 3/5 stars in our rating system, whereas most we review get less than 2/5.
As the third and most expensive Panasonic LED TV CNET has reviewed this year, the WT50 faced high expectations. They went mostly unfulfilled. Like its brethren, this television delivered picture quality a notch or three below what competing LED TVs can muster, and so far behind Panasonic's plasmas that it's almost a joke. The WT50 does have one plasmalike saving grace -- superb fidelity when seen from positions outside the sweet spot directly in front of the TV -- but that isn't enough to overcome its flaws. When you consider its high price, Panasonic's WT50 joins the ranks of flagship LED TVs that simply aren't worth the money. I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 47-inch Panasonic TC-L47WT50, but this review also applies to the 55-inch member of the series. The two sets have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality. The WT50 is one of the nicest-looking TVs on the market, falling just shy of Samsung's UNES8000 and LG's LM9600, both of which scored a 10 in this category. The WT50 earns its 9 with a vanishingly thin black bezel edged in silver, but while some might like the strip of clear plastic protruding from the bottom, I think it's more tacky than classy.
Is this Panasonic's best Edge LED telly yet? With a slinky designed frame around great smart TV features, a quality panel and dual-core processing, the company famous for plasmas here diversifies to stunning effect.Design and build quality are second to none. Measuring a mere 27mm in depth, the look is what Panasonic calls its 'Super Narrow Metal' frame, which features a 10mm black screen surround within a metallic 2mm bezel. Completing the oh-so-svelte look is a curved 'crescent' desktop stand.Other than its generally very un-Panasonic looks, the headline act on the TX-L47WT50 is VIERA Connect, which is fast becoming one of the best smart TV interfaces around. Unlike those on Sony, Samsung and LG TVs it's not fully integrated into the architecture of the TV, which may be a mistake, but at least keeps it a clean affair. It's also customisable, which is rare, and a boon given the sheer amount of apps that keep appearing. As a default (and do bear in mind that regular firmware updates may change this) VIERA Connect's first page sports BBC News, the all-new BBC Sport, Skype, BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, YouTube, and Acetrax movies.
Panasonic has previously resisted the urge to duke it out with other manufacturers of premium LED TVs, preferring to rely on plasma technology for its big screen, high-end line-up. This year the company has changed tack by launching the WT50 line of Viera sets, which use LED technology. The 47-inch TX-L47WT50B is the mid-sized model, sitting between the 42 and 50-inch TVs in the range. It has a premium design and comes with a dual-core processor to speed up its smart TV apps. Priced at around £1,900, it's even more expensive than Panasonic's own highly regarded GT50 plasma range, so is it worthy of the steep asking price? While other manufacturers, such as LG and Samsung, have radically redesigned the user interfaces on their 2012 TVs, Panasonic has pretty much carried over the menu system that it was using on last year's models. Even back then, it looked basic next to the competition, so when I put the TX-L47WT50B head to head with LG's slick menus, it looks positively archaic. Most of the interface is simply presented as a series of flat lists of white text against a blue-ish background. The colour and animations are rudimentary. But a few touches have been added as it's a premium set, including a neat page-turn effect when you change channels.
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