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1.0 out of 5 stars TV is great, but PC connection is only 720p, June 14, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-L37E5 37-Inch 1080p 60Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV (2012 Model) (Electronics)
This is an excellent TV for viewing angle and capabilities for wifi, smartphone remote, .... but it's inadequate for use as a high-def computer monitor.

I have some experience connecting a PC or a MacMini to HDTVs, using VGA or HDMI. Plus, customer service confirmed I had properly setup my PC to TV connection.

The PC/Mac computer input by either VGA or HDMI into this HDTV is only 720p(!!!), despite the TV being 1080p. Customer service explained that the HDTV is not 1080p "pure direct" .. Pure direct 1080p is only available in the 2011 e3 and dt30 models (for the 32 inch size); it's also standard in the larger and pricier models. Non-"pure direct" 1080p is what I am now returning (32 inch e5 series).

One star for misleading me into thinking that a 1080p HDTV could handle 1080p PC/Mac input. Nowhere did it indicate a difference between 1080p and 1080p pure direct.
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2012 11:12:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 6:08:03 PM PDT
RJ says:
Hm, I have this TV connected to my PC through a DVI to HDMI cable, and it accepts 1920x1080 just fine. Also, I think the customer service agent you talked to was confused, since after googling "1080p pure direct" it appears it's related to 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, not what resolution the TV can accept

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 12:42:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2012 12:43:19 PM PDT
frankie_b says:
@ RJ
1. how do you find reading text on web pages when using this TV as a PC monitor, is it acceptable or is it blurry ?

2. I was told that when using some 32 " TV's as PC monitors, that re-labeling the "HDMI" input on the TV to "PC" would improve image quality, have you ever tried this ?

thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 12:50:33 AM PDT
RJ says:
1. While text doesn't look quite as "crisp" as on some other HD monitors's I've seen (like my iMac display for example), it's still certainly acceptable and not blurry at all.

2. Yeah, I'd heard that before too, but personally, I noticed no difference in quality when changing input labels.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 5:17:52 AM PDT
frankie_b says:
thanks for the feedback, I have the Panasonic TX-L32E5B on a shortlist

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 7:01:11 PM PDT
Tegat says:
With regard to the VGA port, what is probably happening is that the TV is telling the PC that its maximum resolution is less than 1920x1080 on the VGA port. Depending on your video card and software it may allow you to force the resolution to 1080p. I once read somewhere of someone manually changing some settings in Windows to make it work but I wouldn't recommend that unless you're tech savvy. The same might be happening on the HDMI port. I've heard of people getting it to work by renaming the port in the settings but I think that only works for certain brands.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 7:35:23 AM PST
JJ says:
1 star, really? This is a TV,not a computer monitor. It is a tv that can be used as a pc monitor but that was not its primary purpose. if you want a pc monitor buy a pc monitor. You people and your 1 stat reviews for micky mouse reasons is getting old.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013 1:29:42 PM PST
Winman97 says:
Agreed!!!
If you want a Hi Def computer monitor , then buy a MONITOR that is specifically designated for a computer and which accepts only DVI or HDMI or VGA inputs. Any one looking to purchase this Panasonic TV should totally ignore the original reviewer's rating.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 8:36:18 PM PDT
First of all, if Panasonic would include a 1080p capability through the VGA port, then the TV would be thicker, heavier, and more expensive. Secondly, usually the manual states "Use as a PC monitor is not assumed." I am not sure about your manual, but I've seen it in manuals for other Panasonic TVs. Also, a DVI to HDMI cable is usually only $6-$10, so should not be a problem.
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