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Panasonic TX-L39E6 review

John Archer

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Panasonic L39E6

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Good picture quality
  • My Home Screen Interface is excellent
  • Decent value

Cons

  • Input lag is a little high
  • No 3D functionality
  • Viera Connect lacks some major video services

Key Features

  • 39-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Viera Connect online features
  • Multimedia playback via USB and DLNA
  • My Home Screen Interface
  • Super-slim frame design
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: £699.00

Introduction

Well here’s something you don’t see every day. In fact, here’s something we’ve never seen before ever: a 39-inch TV. We’ve seen plenty of 37-inch models (though they’re less common than they used to be), and 40-inch models are 10 a penny. But 39-inch is definitely a first.

And first impressions are that it’s quite an appealing size – much more satisfying in a typically sized room than a 37-inch screen. We guess you can’t really see much difference between a 39-inch and 40-inch TV, but if you’re struggling to persuade other members of your household to take on a 40-inch TV, then 39-inches might at least be a bit easier to sell…

Panasonic L39E6 - Design

Making the L39E6 an even easier sell to people concerned about the aesthetic impact a TV might have on their home is the remarkable slenderness of its silvery bezel. It’s barely a centimetre wide on three of its sides, and even along the bottom edge the bezel width is only increased by the subtle addition of a narrow and attractive transparent external border.

Panasonic L39E6

As well as minimising the L39E6’s aesthetic impact, the ultra-skinny bezel has the effect of enabling you to focus more on the on-screen images, rather than the technology that’s producing them. Which is, of course, a good thing.

This latter point would be especially effective while watching 3D – if only the L39E6 actually supported 3D! As it is, though, if you want 3D you’ll need to step up to one of Panasonic’s ET60 models.

Panasonic L39E6 - Panel Type

The L39E6‘s 2D-only nature is, of course, a pity if you’re a 3D fan. If you’re not, though, our experience of Panasonic’s 2013 TV range to date (we've already reviewed the L42E6 and the L55ET60) suggests that the L39E6’s use of a VA-type panel rather than the IPS type used in its 3D TVs might serve the 39-inch model well, as the VA panels Panasonic is using this year seem able to produce a more convincing contrast performance.

Panasonic L39E6

Panasonic L39E6 - Connectivity

The L39E6’s connections are solid enough, although ideally we'd have liked to see four HDMIs rather than three, however multimedia uses are well catered for with two USBs, a LAN port and built-in Wi-Fi.

The USBs can be used for playing back a wide range of video, photo and music formats or for recording from the built-in Freeview HD tuner, while the network options can stream in files from DLNA PCs or take the TV online via Panasonic’s Viera Connect platform.

Howard Walker

July 4, 2013, 9:43 am

I wish that I could agree with the review. My TX-L39E6B has very poor sound, especially if the automatic sound adjusting mechanism is activated. I often have to adjust it so I ordered a Panasonic sound system ( £230+) to go with the television in the hope that it would improve things. That was 7 weeks ago and I am still waiting.

It has a browser that will not access most web site pages due to severe limitations in the browser app. When I phoned Panasonic uk, they said that this was what their customers wanted. The remote is unusable in smart mode (I had to buy a keyboard) and if I turn the mains off for any reason it forgets its Internet connection details and has to be set up again. Picture is usually fine. The home screen feature is a waste of time, and the apps on sale are of little use to me, but may be to others. The only useful feature is that it can play back items on a USB chip, and can also access my home network to play my record collections.

I have had Panasonic equipment prior to this, but never again.

Myfootballclub Myfc

August 2, 2013, 1:48 pm

I like very much this Panasonic but take care about your first phrase (39 inch is definitely a first)
From far as I know there are at least 2 models older than this Panasonic.I think there are from 2012.

Philips 39PFL3807
- http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi...

Samsung 39EH5003 - http://www.samsung.com/uk/supp...

But this Panasonic is absolutely awesome, also is a Smart TV

James

January 20, 2014, 11:18 am

it cant record to usb. Why does the review say it can?

GobbyBob

March 6, 2014, 6:19 pm

And you can't even set reminders via the EPG. A glaring omission really when all other brands do this with ease.

Alex Artemiev

March 26, 2014, 7:29 am

cons: input lag? no 3d? im console gamer for many years and i own this model 42 inch* for bout 3 month's, soo ive been looking for not expensive tv with low input lag, i dont need netflix lovefilm or hbo go,generally i dont use smart functiions everyday, just weather app and some news app, average input lag is 30 ms, on leo bodnar is 40/45 ms, my e6e got on leo 25 ms input lag, the only cons of this tv is very poor sound, image is perfect,esthetics of tv is also perfect, soo if ur'e looking for hdtv for gaming i couldnt recommend any better tv for this price. 9'5 out of 10

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