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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a TV -- an excellent display for an HTPC, June 14, 2013
This review is from: Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (Includes 2 Pairs of 3D Polarized Glasses) (Electronics)
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Before I forgot I want to point out that this item is delivered by a freight company and the service includes two delivery men installing the TV at your house and testing that it arrived in good condition. So, it's a good idea to have a cable box handy by the day the delivery is scheduled. The company will contact you to set the most convenient time for you. My Panasonic TC-L55ET60 was shipped, delivered, and set by a company named CEVA, and I'm satisfied by the service they provided.

Most of us agree that plasma display is better than LCD, but this new LCD LED HDTV with its LED backlighting displays bright, high resolution images and consuming only 100 watts of energy, it is a very good deal (compared with a hungry power plasma TV), and in all honesty, I prefer it when I think about the electric bill. The detailed quality of the sharp image is great even during dark scenes, or while using the saving energy settings, which I do all the time. Regardless of where one stands or sits in the room, the image remains true from any viewing angle. Also, the lean silver cabinet blends nicely with any modern decoration.

Truth being told the TC-L55ET60 comes with more features than any of us will regularly use, so I will share in this review my personal experiences with the most used features, because if I cover everything, I would be writing a book, rather than a review.

The included printed manual is for setting up the hardware parts of the TV, if one wants to learn how to operated it and its specifications, there is an embedded tutorial with detailed data information called eHELP, which can be accessed with the touch of a button in the remote control.

I'm using the TC-L55ET60 both as a stand-alone TV and as a monitor for my HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer), which is connected to the TV via an HDMI cable. I also have a cable box compatible with HDMI directly plugged into the TV, and a broadband Ethernet cable for the Internet connection using a Powerline Gigabit Adapter. Besides the Ethernet port, the TC-L55ET60 comes with a Built-in Wi-Fi w/ Bluetooth adapter. Because the Ethernet connection is faster than the Wi-Fi I chose that option.

I prefer to watch TV via my HTPC because in that way I can record anything I want, or securely access any content. The Panasonic TC-L55ET60 offers the option of doing both, using the embedded online applications to surf the Web or to plug it into an HTPC with an HDMI cable for perfect digital display.

When the TC-L55ET60 is turned on, the first screen that appears after the setup is complete, is the Home Screen Selection, which has its own button in the remote control. This screen shows a smaller version of what is being watched in the TV, or any input device connected to the TC-L55ET60, and shortcuts to the different applications included in the embedded software of the TV. This screen can be customized according to our preferences, and it includes the options to add or remove applications, or simply set the full TV screen at the default. Among the applications are a clock and a calendar, which can be used as a scheduler to put the family's appointments. There is a note taker application too, I guess for those times when we are given a number over the phone and pen and paper isn't at hand.

The included VIERA software is still being developed, it's not perfect but it works well for basic stuff like social networking or online video watching . It comes with a simple version of the Safari browser, which performs similarly as it does in a Smartphone. I'm looking forward to the possibility of updates and new applications being available. In the meantime, I prefer to use the HTPC hooked to the TV to browse the web, and the VIERA software to simply watch videos directly on the TV. Sadly, the browser cannot access the Kindle cloud, but it does display the Amazon website. The reason I want to have access to the cloud is to read my Kindle eBooks on the screen, since there is no application for it yet, I will continue to use the HTPC to do this like I've done it in the past.

The Built-in Wi-Fi w/ Bluetooth allows the Swipe and Share function that lets one share files into the TV screen without having to transfer them into a SD Card. This function is available by installing the VIERA Remote App 2 application into your Smartphone or table. Once the VIERA Remote App 2 is on your device, it will also let you manage some of the TC-L55ET60's functions without stopping the content being displayed on the screen at the time.

Worth mentioning is the Voice Guidance feature too, another one we won't use every day, but it's cool to have, lets say we snoozed on the sofa after a long work day and the remote is a few feet way, from our current couch potato position is better to simply voice commands to the TV rather than stand and pick the remote. By the way, a customizable turn off function is included to safe energy.

The 3D Compatibility feature is okay, I must confess that it's the least of what this TV offered I care about.

The integrated SD Card Reader supports most known file formats (AVCHD3D/Progressive, SD-VIDEO/MKV/MP4/M4v/FLV/3GPP/VRO/VOB/TS/PS, MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV, JPEG/MPO), I tested it with this card G.Skill 8GB Class 6 MicroSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (FF-TSDG8GA-C6) which I keep inside my Smartphone, and it comes with a SD Adapter. The TC-L55ET60 played pictures, videos and music with great quality, using the embedded Media Player application. The Media Player offers customization as how the files are displayed.

So, if you have an HTPC, or build one, you don't really need to get extra speakers unless you're extremely picky about sound quality, because the HDMI cable conducts both video and sound. This TV has a built-in Subwoofer, and from my point of view, it sounds great. There is the option of using the digital audio port or the audio components from your cable digital box too. If the TV is connected directly to the cable box, I recommend using an HDMI cable, the difference is simply amazing. I tested it using the coaxial cable input and HDMI cable and the later is obviously the best choice.

The TC-L55ET60 comes with two USB 2.0 ports that can be used to plug an external hard drive or a wireless mouse and keyboard. I used a set of mouse and keyboard that only requires a single USB port, so I can have one USB port free for anything else. In my particular case, it's all right to use both USB ports for input devices like keyboard and mouse, because since it only reads the file format Fat 32 bit, and none of my hard drives is formatted in that file format anymore, I won't be plugging any hard drive into it, instead I'll use the USB port on my HTPC.

And for this, the Media Server application can be used together with a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8. According to the eHELP tutorial embedded in the TV, only those two operating systems were tested with the TV home network capabilities. Two types of computers can be connected to this TV, a modern one via an HDMI cable, or an older one, that can be in another room and access via the TC-L55ET60 DLNA server. One can designate this computer as a server and upload all multimedia files into it. It's faster and easier to copy home videos into it, or one's CD collection for example, to later share it with all the family via the TV.

I uploaded a bunch of pictures showing a few screens, so you can have a good idea of how it looks in motion.

The VIERA link that connects to the available applications and the VIERA market, constantly displays adds. One can opt out from being targeted in the type of adds displayed, but not from having advertising at the screen. The truth is whenever we go Online we see adds displayed, so it's a matter of tune them out. In the practice, it doesn't really work. Even after being turned off, the banners continue to display with adds that were downloaded before. This would be the only thing I dislike about this TV, but like I said, it can be easily ignored.

So, in conclusion, after using it for about a month, I highly recommend the Panasonic TC-L55ET60.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, June 20, 2013
This review is from: Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (Includes 2 Pairs of 3D Polarized Glasses) (Electronics)
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I'm extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to test drive the Panasonic TC-L55ET 60, if only because I've owned several Panasonic TVs and VCRs (in fact, I still have one hooked up to my system) and have always been very happy with their performance. Now that the ante is upped with the availability of flatscreen TVs, the opportunity to compare with past performance has been like a dream come true.

First, the good. The Panasonic TC-L55ET 60's video quality is gorgeous. Beautiful resolution, wonderful black levels that never dissolve to inkiness, and fabulous color that can actually be boosted to "Vivid" if you're of a mind; you needn't but should you be so inclined, the effect is beautiful rather than garish. The the TC-L55ET 60's speakers provide excellent audio if you're not planning on hooking your set up to external speakers although I tend to be a little more aware of noise when viewing vintage content than I am with my LG set. Setup is dead-easy; we're talking, in my case, literally plug-and-play (I run my sets through my provider's HD DVR box and so still use their remote a lot). For some reason, it took longer than it seemed it should have to acknowledge my WiFi signal, despite have signed in, but things righted themselves eventually. I was good to go in no time.

To tell you the truth, I prefer the the TC-L55ET 60's stand to that of my other set; it's your typical, as-pictured, flat stand--quite sturdy and with a small enough footprint that one doesn't need to get too fussy about TV cabinets as long as they're able to support the 60-odd lbs. that this set weighs (it's really quite heavy). The remote control is chockablock with dedicated buttons which means relatively less fiddling with menus when an adjustment is called for. Applications are many, more, in fact, than are available on my other set, including more that are free. Included, among others, are a media player (for the legions of humanity who, unlike myself, are inclined to network socially and store photo and music libraries and the like), a photo frame, and an unnamed Web browser. I doubt I'll be using much beyond YouTube and the browser but who's to say I won't get the urge to open a Netflix account someday? It's nice to know that the option exists and I really do need to start playing with the free ones. A wealth of riches by way of customizing your audio and video (including 3-D levels) preferences--truly, there's much to like about this set.

The not-so-good (nothing even approaches "bad"): There's a matter of obnoxious advertising banners that appear seemingly out of the ether. There's nothing in the manual about eliminating them so I had to do some online research. Suffice it to say that it CAN be done; it just takes a little effort on the part of the owner. And there's also something a little strange going on with the 3-D signal alert--I'm sometimes informed that a 3-D signal is detected and that I may, if I wish, change my mode of viewing from 2-D. I find this singularly bizarre given that it occurs when I'm watch something vintage, e.g. TCM or some such. I KNOW what I'm watching wasn't shot in 3-D and hence am a little confused.
The stand that I otherwise prefer to that on my other set doesn't swivel at all--not a big deal but I wish it did. Image retention isn't mentioned in the manual but it IS in eHelp. I've read that this tends not to be the issue that burn-in on plasma sets is and that running the TV in whatever full-screen option is available for 100 or so hours pretty much eliminates the possibility of its occurring. My other set's "about this TV" feature clocks the number of hours the TV has been used; no such option exists for the TC-L55ET 60, alas.
It's safe to assume that flatscreen TVs are much more energy-efficient than standard TVs. Be aware, though, that the Energy Star rating for the TC-L55ET 60 is based on the "Standard" picture setting only, which means that my preferred "Cinema" setting is utilizing enough extra energy to affect its rating (although in all fairness, I'm certain it's still much more efficient than any of my old TVs).
The deal-breaker for me, however, are the image format options. Unlike my other flatscreen set, the TC-L55ET 60's options are contingent on whether or not the broadcast signal is HD. There are far fewer options for shows broadcast in standard definition and the only one that fills the screen is, occasionally, a horizontal zoom that stretches and distorts the image, otherwise one needs to stick with "Full" (usually your best bet), "4:3," or "Just". All three will leave black bars on the sides of the image--mind you, I prefer viewing things that were shot in Academy Standard in this way. However, if you watch lots of vintage and you're looking to avoid image retention by watching full-screen content for those 100 hours, you might not be happy about this; I know I'm not thrilled, especially since filling the screen on my other set gives me an undistorted image that's very easy on the eyes. In addition, playing with some of the TC-L55ET 60's available format options can yield rather horrible results, including a zoom that's vertical and gives the feeling of strolling through a "house of mirrors."

As much as I like the remote control, I have a bad habit of hitting HOME instead of a directional arrow; although this is mostly my fault, I wish those buttons were a bit farther apart. And my biggest complaint about today's gadgets exists here as well--insufficient hard-copy instructions. Why anyone who has spent well over $1,000 should be expected to pull up instructions on a screen instead of a paper manual because manufacturers are too cheap to go the extra 50˘ is beyond me. What happens if I lose my Internet connection (i.e. the modem craps out over the weekend) and I need an answer to something about the set? Panasonic isn't the only manufacturer that's guilty of this but the owners manual for the TC-L55ET 60's is worse than that for my other set.

In spite of my minor grousing, the Panasonic is a terrific Smart TV, especially for its current list price. I realize that not everyone is as picky as I am about certain features and honestly, the TC-L55ET 60 delivers outstanding audio and video performance. In all honesty, I prefer my other set a bit more but it lists for quite a bit more money than the TC-L55ET 60. If this is your price range and you're on the fence, my advice is an unqualified "go for it." I really don't think you'll have cause to regret your decision.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremly Nice TV, June 17, 2013
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Ravenskya "Princess of Horror" (WESTERVILLE, OH, United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (Includes 2 Pairs of 3D Polarized Glasses) (Electronics)
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Review from person 1 in the House:

Pros:
Initial setup was a snap
Very nice, sleek, pretty design
Tons of apps
Tons of user features
Display resolution is superb, crisp, clear and amazingly sharp
Very good 3D (comes with 3D glasses)
TV is very thin and, if mounted to the wall, is very flush (this does pose a problem if trying to access the HDMI/USB ports after its mounted
The design attributes and overall functionality is very well engineered
TV uses very little energy. I tested this myself. Manufacturer states that TV uses ~$12 a year if used for 5 hours a day. Their estimate is pretty accurate

Cons:
TV is very heavy (around 60 lbs.) Much heavier than it looks
Remote is horrible to search on line with or browse (although you can connect a wireless mouse and keyboard which works flawlessly)
The power cord is too short. Very annoying. About 5' long. (makes no sense) I purchased a longer one (8 feet)
If mounted on the wall, its difficult to access the HDMI and USB ports as they are recessed several inches inward and TV is virtually flat against the wall. Better have every wire connected before the TV is mounted. Especially the power wire as it is impossible to connect afterwards!
The remote is horrible all the way around. It is uncomfortable to hold and has an unnatural feel to it. Might as well glue some buttons on stick and use that as the remote! The button layout on the remote is non-intuitive as it is difficult to differentiate between which button is which from feel alone. They definitely need to substantially improve the remotes "tactile interface."
The advertising is very confusing! Is it an LCD or LED? The box suggests that its both and LED and LCD. The back of the TV says LCD and stickers on the front say LED. The user's manual is even more confusing. I honestly cannot tell you which one it is.

Overall, I would recommend this TV. I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Review from person 2 in the house:
This TV is very pretty to look at, with only a thin edge around the outside to keep the picture from actually going edge to edge. The design is sleek and very attractive. The remote looks surprisingly like my PS3 remote only it's not quite as intuitive. For example when we were playing with alternating the TV back and forth from 2d to 3d one wrong button takes you back out of the movie and to the home screen - then 7 clicks later we were back into Amazon Prime watching the movie again. Some of the apps are very nice but not set up as intuitively as I would like.

As to the 3D - I don't generally care for 3D because I hate wearing glasses and after a while it tends to give me a headache. I will give them credit, the up-conversion from 2d to 3d is actually better than I expected. We don't currently own any 3D media so I can't comment on that. But one area of annoyance is that the TV comes with two pairs of 3D glasses - and if you put it into 3D the quality goes to crap for the people in the room without the 3D glasses - so unless you own enough of the glasses for everyone - expect to not use the 3D option very much. Other than that - I love love love this TV

**Update after lots of use**
New things that annoy us:
-when adjusting the volume, advertisements come up. There is probably (I hope) a setting where we can turn this off, but as of right now, I don't approve of paying money for something to advertise to me.
-More often than not, when we turn the TV back on we have to re-login to our network. For some reason it's not saving the network password.
-The Amazon Prime app is really old, there is no watch list or anything, so every time I use it, it's like starting all over again

If possible I would re-rate this TV to a 3 star rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice TV for 2D/3D Content After Calibration, But Lack Of DIVX/AVI Support is VERY Disappointing., November 22, 2013
This review is from: Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (Includes 2 Pairs of 3D Polarized Glasses) (Electronics)
Very nice TV, I have been happy after I calibrated using settings found on the web ([...] which goes a long way to get rid of the "Soap Opera" effect. 2D and 3D picture is great and overall the TV functions well, however after using this TV for 2+ weeks I have 3 main complaints.

1. The built in media player will not play DIVX/AVI files. That is a HUGE disappointment. With the wide array of supported file types, why no DIVX/AVI support? Very disappointing. On the flip side of this it has FLAC audio support, kudos on that Panasonic!

2. Ads. After I enabled the Smart TV functions I get an ad sometimes when I turn on the TV. I don't know if that's an industry standard thing, but that's really annoying.

3. Alerts for 3D content when the content is not 3D. A message will randomly pop up on my screen informing me the 2D content I'm playing is apparently 3D capable. It is not. This is a bug hopefully Panasonic will fix.

Otherwise this is a nice TV with a very nice picture after calibration. On a side note I found this TV selling for $100 cheaper online slightly after the 2 week price match guarantee period and Amazon refunded the difference. One of the many reasons I love Amazon!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindboggling, July 11, 2013
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I never thought that LEDs can rival plasmas when it comes to inky blacks and picture richness. Sure, this set probably is not at the level of a top-of-the-line Panny plasma, but it surely puts your average LG plasma to shame. Beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great picture, super value, December 16, 2013
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excellent HD & 3D picture.at a super price - hundreds less than other sources. I would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Wish sound was fuller and it had 1 or 2 more RCA/component inputs., December 15, 2013
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Gorgeous looking TV. Super slim, love the silver color. Delivery service was great. It was conveniently scheduled and it was no problem to change the delivery date at the last minute (you get an 800 number of the delivery company once your order is ready for delivery.) TV was easy to setup. Picture quality is great. Sound is a little tinny, that is the only reason for the 1 star deduction. TV only has 1 component/RCA input, no S video, and no Bluetooth. Some reviews complain about lack of Amazon Prime/video app, it's just not pre-installed like Netflix. You can download and install Amazon Instant Video app.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You should get this tv, November 18, 2013
This review is from: Panasonic TC-L55ET60 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart 3D IPS LED HDTV (Includes 2 Pairs of 3D Polarized Glasses) (Electronics)
I have owned this tv for about 3 weeks and the TV is fantastic so far. The image and colors are very good. The apps work great. I've never had any trouble streaming on youtube, netflix, amazon prime videos. The sound is similar to other led's. You will not get amazing sound from 99% of led tv's. The tv itself is very thin and attractive. 3D works fine and there are no noticeable glitches. Downsides are the ads/banners that panasonic uses - i disabled those and you should too. I have not tested DLNA so far. I turn on game mode when I use my ps3 and everything has been very smooth with no lag (no noticeable lag at least). So far, I would recommend this tv to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, October 4, 2013
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After returning two Samsung Smart TV's because they would not connect to my Wi-Fi, bought the ET60. Only flaw is that it does not offer as many Apps
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice TV, October 21, 2013
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YouTube is a bit glitchy.
It doesn't swivel on the stand.
When you have a bright light reflecting in the screen it has a rainbow effect.
Audio is hard to set up to sound good. It is very tinny sounding. I was able to get it to a point where it is passable. I might get a sound bar.
The DLNA service sometimes won't find videos, but that might be a problem with my computer.
I like this TV. I would recommend it in this price point. The picture is great. Netflix and Hulu work well. 3D is fun.
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