Some go for massive connectivity. Wireless Wi-Fi, HDMI, Internet apps, etc. what more can you ask for? Others like the HDTV’s aesthetic or practical appeal. In this Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 review, we shall look into details how this Japanese HDTV can please the masses.
After television was invented people had found an innovative way to entertain themselves. But this is not the TV we experience today.
In the early years, TV shows were in black and white. The audio was grainy. Worst of all, TVs were cumbersome to handle. But this did not stop the entertainment-hungry masses to purchase them.
Television became the focus of every household member. Radio was beaten and relegated to second place. Prior to that, radio was the center for everything that dealed with news and entertainment.
People can watch the world in action, not just hear it. Cathode ray tube or CRT television was a dominant version in the early eras. They sold well until the 90s.
Then CRT met its match in HDTV. One of the problems that people had with CRT is that it is heavy and cumbersome.
Buying smaller and lighter CRTs meant that you are going to watch shows in a little screen. Repair and maintenance can be a costly problem, especially if the picture tube is severely damaged.
HDTVs use a flat-screen panel display design. Mechanisms inside the HDTV are smaller but more powerful. This eliminates the bulkiness that CRTs have. This makes HDTVs relatively light-weight and easy to store them anywhere.
But the overarching feature of HDTVs is that they offer better picture and audio quality than CRT TVs.
Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 Specs
- 1780 IPS LED-LCD panel display
- Full 1080p HD
- 360 Backlight Scanning
- VIERA connection and interactivity
- DLNA-support with Wi-Fi Ready
- VOB one-step movie search
VIERA Apps Are Fun
Part of the appeal of HDTVs is their ability to marry television viewing and Internet interactivity. Not all models have this ability. But the VIERA TC-L55E50 has it. Panasonic’s VIERA is their answer to Smart TV viewing.
Would you be amazed to log in to your FaceBook account or watch YouTube videos while watching movies? Of course you do! You can do this through VIERA Connect without too many hassles.
VIERA Connect IPTV is a cloud service that allows you to access and control online apps like FaceBook and YouTube. You can also access the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and more.
What’s even good about this feature is that you can get unlimited number of apps. This is possible since your selected apps are stored in a cloud, rather than in the TV memory itself. Apps are organized under categories like Video & Movie, Music, Sports, Games, Social Networking, News & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, and probably more! This makes it easy for you to select apps you really want or need.
There is one port for PC. So if you want to do all your computer work, why not do this in front of a 55-inch screen. If you want to surf the Net, you can see everything in a bigger and better picture quality.
A Wi-Fi connection is included in the TC-L55E50, but you need to purchase a separate wireless LAN adaptor to use this feature. So far, this Panasonic TV performed well under this Wi-Fi connection. The choice is yours if you want to go wireless or not.
If you want to find your favorite videos easier, try VOD. Video on Demand or VOD helps you cross search for those videos. VIERA Connect also allows you to customize your apps so that it would be easier for you to search for your favorite ones.
Top Quality Video Gaming
Video games are fun and addicting. Playing them on big screens is even better. The Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 has a Game Mode feature to spice up your gaming experience.
This mode enhances the graphics and game play so that you can have an advantage over your opponents. If you want this to be even better, try hooking up your game consoles with HDMI.
HDMI connectors provide a good leeway between audio and video signals without interferences. This TV has four HDMI ports. So if you have other HDMI-connected devices, you can plug them while you are playing your favorite games.
Aside from PCs and video game consoles, you can also connect other DLNA-supported devices to this TV. As mentioned earlier, the TC-L55E50 is Wi-Fi Ready so this should make the connections running smoothly when you are using a good quality LAN adaptor.
If you have USB devices, there are two ports included in this Panasonic model. Now you can see and hear the contents of your USB files on a gigantic screen. See the TV’s manual to check what file formats it supports.
If you own VIERA Link compatible AV devices, then connect them to this TV. You can use the TC-L55E50’s remote control to send commands to the right VIERA Link device through HDMI. Examples of VIERA Link devices include Panasonic’s own Blu-Rays and DVD players, as well as its Home Cinema Surround System.
Panasonic seems to invest in manufacturing cost-saving and environment friendly electronic products. The Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 is no exception. The TV’s energy saving feature claims that it can reduce your targeted power consumption to 25%. This model was awarded with an Energy Star certification.
Bigger TV, Bigger Value
The Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 is the largest in the E50 family. Its smaller siblings include the Panasonic VIERA TC-L47E50 and the Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50. The TC-L55E50’s big screen is ideal for families.
In online ratings, this Panasonic model received 4.6 out of 5 stars. The choice is up to you. It’s definitely one of the very best TVs you can buy now.