Panasonic TX-L32E5B review

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

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Best in Class

Perhaps it's the relatively small size of the TX-L37E5B's panel that plays down its weaknesses, but we're struggling to think of a better value all-rounder for a living room than this almost immaculate 32-incher.

We liked

Versatility is rare on LCD panels, but this Edge LED-backlit screen handles both low bitrate and hi-def sources with impressive clarity and stability.

Always watchable and often with deliciously coloured, contrast-heavy images that don't suffer from blur or judder, VIERA Connect's slick style and content is the icing.

We disliked

There is some LED light leakage and black levels can feel a little forced, though that's nit-picking on a TV of this price.

Our biggest criticism goes to the TX-L37E5B's Freeview HD electronic programme guide, which is dull and lifeless – and eons behind those found on the likes of Samsung and Sony TVs.

VIERA Connect is hard to fault lest for a request for Lovefilm and some more terrestrial on-demand services, such as Demand 5, 4oD and ITV Player.

Final verdict

Achieving greatness with almost all sources, and with no discernable weaknesses in the picture department, it's left to the TX-L37E5B to assert its all-round worthiness with some engaging smart TV shenanigans and reliable handling of digital files.

With profound blacks, natural colours and impressive hi-def sharpness, and a judder-free performance with Blu-ray, the TX-L37E5B is a worthy addition to any living room after that extra slab of quality where it counts.

It also helps prove that IPS LCD panels are at their best in smaller sizes.

Also consider

The 32-inch LCD TV genre is awash with options, but watch for budget buys from no-name brands – they might 'do a job' in a living room, but they usually struggle to make non-HD sources watchable.

If you're not much interested in smart TV, the Toshiba 32RL858B might suit; its stab at online apps via Toshiba Places is lacklustre, but it's elsewhere thoroughly versatile and good value.

Those after something more high-end should look no further than one of the best-looking, best made 32-inchers around – the Philips 32PFL7605H – though smart TV is done better on sets such as the Sony KDL-32EX524 and Samsung UE32D5000.

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