Panasonic TX-L32D28BP review

  • £1000

Purple pro LED takes it to the edge

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For

  • HD pictures
  • Easy DLNA networking for music and photos
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Excellent design

Against

  • SD pictures
  • File compatibility issues
  • Average speakers
  • Confusing user interface

The flatscreen TV market is increasingly dominated by bargain-basement prices and indistinguishable gloss black designs, but is there room for a no-expense-spared purple LED TV that can (soon) make Skype phone calls?

Panasonic clearly thinks there is, for this refined 32-inch LCD TV is as distinctive as it gets – not just in looks, but in its utterly comprehensive feature count. There's very little the TX-L32D28BP cannot do.

Also available in silver and white, the TX-L32D28BP marks Panasonic's first ever LED TV. After yonks resisting the new technology in favour of its beloved plasma tech, the TX-L32D28BP sees the traditional 'always on' LCD backlight replaced by an Edge LED system that works by firing light across the back of the screen from all sides.

It's not the only radical design change for Panasonic; the TX-L32D28BP features a hefty steel desktop stand that the screen itself slips onto. The end result of adding this 5kg stand is a TV that leans back slightly, while its subtly purple frame appears to dip away from the front; it doesn't – it's merely a clever 3D design.

These are unusual ideas that suggest that the TX-L32D28BP will look most at home in a large modern kitchen or bedroom, though it's stuffed so full of features that it could survive just about anywhere – even in a small home cinema room.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera D28
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption136 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand536 mm
Width with Stand795 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height521 mm
Width795 mm
Depth77 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesD28
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Teletext, Child Lock
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32D28BP
Product NameViera TX-L32D28BP LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32D28BPA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 37" & 32" D28 Series includes a DVB-S tuner for Freesat HD and a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12 kg