Panasonic TX-L32D28BP review

Purple pro LED takes it to the edge

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Though we're pleased that Panasonic has turned its undoubted engineering know-how to LED tech, the TX-L32D28BP's embracing of Edge LED is technically something of a cop-out. 'Local dimming' (as found on higher-spec Full LED TVs) is therefore impossible – and it shows in the TX-L32D28BP's troublesome contrast.

Although hardly a terminal issue, the detail within dark areas of images takes on a 'black hole' look – though we did notice some light seepage from a portion of the bottom of the screen. Contrast isn't up there with (much cheaper) plasmas from the same brand's stable, and it leaves us asking why Panasonic doesn't make 32-inch plasmas (LG managed it with some success a couple of years ago).

Deep contrast

But this LED still manages a relatively wide contrast spectrum that sees both muted and bright footage dealt with well, with the former boasting splendidly scorching colours.

Choose True Cinema – a new picture preset for Panasonic that puts its LED lights on low – and films on Blu-ray sparkle, though its more basic Cinema setting is better with blacks. With little picture processing going on behind, a clean and highly detailed image emerges that's got stacks of depth.

What the TX-L32D28BP can struggle with is motion (particularly on camera pans), but be careful if using the 'cure', its Intelligent Frame Creation Pro feature. Included to literally smooth-over LCD tech's traditional problem with blur when showing video, IFC Pro inserts guessed-at frames of video into the action to create a moving image that's supremely fluid.

The drawback, unfortunately – and Panasonic TVs are in no way unique in this – is that a lot of fizzying artefacts appear around moving objects, such as character's heads. It can be quite distracting, so if you fancy giving IFC Pro a go, do leave it on its 'mid' setting for the least messy results.

Pictures from DVD are supposedly given a helping hand by Resolution Enhancer, which is again available in two strengths. Standard-def TV channels from Freeview and Freesat, meanwhile, do struggle to convince and are blighted by a great deal of digital noise and overt softness, despite the Resolution Enhancer working overtime.

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
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand536 mm
Width with Stand795 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product ModelTX-L32D28BP
Product NameViera TX-L32D28BP LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32D28BPA
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Weight (Approximate)12 kg