Panasonic TX-L32E5B review

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

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Best in Class

Although the TX-L37E5B is relatively light on picture tech, it does have a few notable features to boost clarity and colour.

Clear Cinema – an anti-blur feature – makes up its 'advanced' settings almost alone, though in truth the panel is natively very stable and free from ghosting and after-images. That's best left switched on, though Smart VIERA Engine Pro's other flag-waver, Vivid Colour Creation, is a matter of personal taste. When activated it does bring some more vitality to blocks of colour, but can overcook things.

Talking of which, the TX-L37E5B does include some useful presets comprising Dynamic (best avoided), Normal, Cinema, True Cinema and Game, though they need to be used with care.

Unusually, Cinema and True Cinema actually increase the brightness, the latter bringing a yellow tinge; we stuck with the Cinema mode, though couldn't resist upping the contrast a tad.

Elsewhere on picture tech, we disabled C.A.T.S. as it caused the picture to visibly change in brightness rather too obviously for our tastes.

Freeview HD fare – in this case The Great Barrier Reef on BBC One HD – are immensely colourful, boosted by lots of strong black elements and bags of detail.

Though the latter tails off noticeably on a standard definition broadcast of The Voice, the image remains clear and clean.

It's with our Blu-ray disc of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that the TX-L37E5B does its best work, with not a whiff of judder, and an impressive amount of contrast on show that doesn't drain too much when watched from a narrow viewing angle.

Panasonic TX L32E5B review

It's not unaffected, of course, but it doesn't hamstring this TV in the way it does many LCDs. Black levels are impressive, too, with a rare inkiness to dark areas, though there's a lack of detail within those sectors.

However, though black levels are more profound than we'd normally expect to see at this price, what we did notice in dark scenes were LED light leakage problems both along the top and in the bottom right-hand corner.

When watched from viewing positions slightly above or below the screen, the lower leakage problem appears to stretch a patch of brightness towards the centre and sides of the panel.

In practice this physical issue is only visible during dingy sequences.

Ultimate mixed brightness scenes excel, too; at one point in Crouching Tiger a bright lantern is shown amid a jet-black night. The contrast and accuracy are impressive indeed.

An MKV HD trailer of Shutter Island excels, with a rare stability, crispness and a smooth, clean finish, though a drop down the food chain to Land of the Lost Wolves on the BBC iPlayer brings some dirt and low bitrate chunks, but not enough to ruin anything.

Upscale a DVD and the effect is polished and free from noise – this is one versatile panel.

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