Panasonic TX-L32E5B review

Smart looks, smart pictures and smart TV on this Edge LED stunner

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On connections the TX-L32E5B almost excels.

Up on a side-panel above four HDMI inputs is an SD card slot (which also supports SDXC cards) and a slightly disappointing total of two USB inputs. Usually that would be fine, but with the TX-L37E5B able to be fitted with both a Skype camera and Wi-Fi dongle – both of which demand a USB slot – the provision of just two seems a little stingy.

Elsewhere the TX-L37E5Bhas it covered, with a shared input for component video and composite video (using a proprietary adapter because of the TV's thin profile – though we have seen far slimmer models not resort to adaptors), some analogue audio ins and outs, an optical digital audio output for hooking up a home cinema, a mini D-sub 15-pin input for attaching a PC, a scart (again via a very thin adapter cable) and a headphones jack.

Panasonic TX L32E5B review

Most importantly, the undercarriage of the TX-L37E5B houses not only an RF port for fuelling its Freeview HD tuner, but also an Ethernet LAN port for powering the VIERA Connect content and DLNA home networking.

We're also slightly confused as to why its four HDMI inputs are fitted on the side of the TV, but they are recessed just enough to make wall mounting possible you could use Panasonic's TY-WK3L2RW wall bracket for that, though myriad other third-party options are available) while retaining a clean look.

While it's great to see the likes of YouTube and BBC iPlayer, it's worth dwelling on some of the apps you might be less familiar with in VIERA Connect.

Netflix continues to make inroads into the UK video streaming market, and its inclusion on most smart TV platforms gives it one-up on Lovefilm, but we're not convinced about its content, which does appear to be very TV-centric, and not really about the latest 'flicks' at all.

On VIERA Connect the app itself works well; a £5.99 monthly subscription paid, the app brings up an interface that's dominated by DVD cover art separated into genres, though it lacks a bookmark facility, as well as must-see titles.

Eco Navigation is simply a gathering of energy saving features; once activated in the main menu, it switches on the C.A.T.S (Contrast Automatic Tracking System) feature (an ambient light sensor that reduces the brightness of the panel when possible) and engages the standby power save, auto standby (after two hours of inactivity) power save, and intelligent auto standby (which detects whether you're actually sitting in front of the TV or not).

Panasonic TX L32E5B review

If you're the type of person that puts the TV on and wanders around the house, I guess Eco Navigation could reduce your carbon footprint, though it's hardly going to prevent a global catastrophe.

The remote is slightly slimmed down on previous years, with the number buttons narrower, though the quality of construction remains.

Panasonic TX L32E5B review

Shortcuts to VIERA Connect, that Freeview HD EPG and streaming goodies (for some reason called VIERA Tools, and highlighted by a green button despite being a somewhat niche feature) are clustered around the directional keypad.

It's a relatively fast, responsive and easy to understand remote, though Panasonic has also made an app available.

Audibly buzzing upon pressing each virtual instruction, the rather confusingly named Remote 2011 – once downloaded to an iPhone 3S – in our test identified the TX-L32E5B as VIERA E5 Series over a Wi-Fi network.

The main screen is largely just for gestures, and we managed to scan around digital TV channels, inspect the now/next information, call up a list of favourite channels, and re-tune to another channel just with touch.

We also managed to fire up MP3 playback via a VIERA Tools shortcut, though it wasn't obvious how to either activate VIERA Connect or change inputs to wake up a connected Blu-ray player.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E5
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11 kg
Operating Power Consumption69 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand519 mm
Width with Stand764 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year41 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate150 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height473 mm
Width764 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesE5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
Product ModelTX-L32E5B
Product NameTX-L32E5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L32E5B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

32" Smart VIERA LED TV - High Performance and Energy-Saving Efficiency
With VIERA's wide 178° viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.

Package Contents
  • TX-L32E5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9 kg