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Perfect SmartTV- just add a few whistles,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-L47ET5 47-Inch 1080p 60Hz 3D Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV with 4 Pairs of Polarized 3D Glasses (2012 Model) (Electronics)
Just purchased,found it on sale for $999. It is the ET5 series from Panasonic. This series features passive 3D (not of great interest to me) and some of the best Smart TV functional (of great interest to me) functionality of all TVs in the price range.
Let's start with the screen: Perfect size for our living space of roughly 10-15' from screen. It has great color and life like tones. I popped it into passive mode, just to check out some 3D action and I think it flowed very nice. I have yet to see any ghosting or issues with movement. I chose LED over Plasma, as Plasma tends to have more glare and our living space is bright.
I was most interested in the Smart functions. I was looking for a TV that would allow for a QWERTY keyboard to make searching for movies and browsing the net quick. However, with the exception of a few Panasonics from 2011, there were few TVs that have a QWERTY keyboard. With the exception of a few high end models, there was nothing that fit the bill. Until I found the ET5 series.
It not only has a free app from Panasonic (this TV is compatible), but it also allows you to use the keyboard on your iphone/ipad/android to type in things. ADDITIONALLY, (Panasonic does not advertise it very well and Best Buy sales guys are clueless), but you can use some USB wireless keyboard devices as an input device.
What makes it stand out:
1. Panasonic Viera remote compatible with Iphone/Ipad/Android control
2. Can use 3rd party mini wireless keyboards
3. Easy wifi or ethernet connectivity
4. Bright, vivid screen
5. Excellent value for the price
What could be better:
1. It only has 2 USB ports (could be expanded?)
2. The basic remote it comes with really is generic. I need a remote that can learn functions (so as to replace existing remotes) and has a keyboard for easy entry.
Hope this helps!
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2012 10:03:48 PM PDT
Chester Chan says:
Can you specify where you found this for $999 in the bay area?
Posted on Aug 5, 2012 2:49:11 AM PDT
E. Afshari says:
I have two questions for you please: 1) By web browsing, do you mean you can go anywhere on the internet with this TV by just typing in the web address, or only certain sites like Netflix, etc? 2) Does this TV come with a qwerty keyboard? Thank you very much.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 4:00:56 PM PST
(1) You can browse the Web with the browser, but it's torture. You can use the installed apps to go to YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, Netflix, etc, and those work great. (2) The TV does not come with a keyboard, but you can attach one via the USB port.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 4:01:24 PM PST
I just bought mine from Best Buy. Black Friday price - $899.
Posted on Nov 30, 2012 7:25:24 AM PST
David E. Meltcher says:
Can you tell me which brand and model USB wireless keyboard you purchased that worked well with this TV?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 1:48:05 PM PST
Could someone explain what " Panasonic Viera remote compatible with Iphone/Ipad/Android control" means. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 3:14:00 PM PST
There's a free smartphone app you can download to control your TV. You can use the keyboard on your phone for entering text, play music, etc. I downloaded it but haven't used it much yet. I have a Harmony remote, so I mainly use that. Nice to have it though.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 3:15:21 PM PST
I use the phone app as my keyboard.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 11:30:38 PM PST
Can you use any kind of wireless keyboard such as with a computer? I don't have (nor do I want) a smartphone. I am a dinosaur....but would like to treat the TV as I do a computer screen for internet browsing, etc.
Is there a brand of keyboard that you know would work?? Thank you.