Panasonic TX-L32E6B review

  • £549.99
  • $845

Slim, fast and fat with features second-room connected TV

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The Panasonic TX-L32E6B is one of the easiest TVs to set up and operate, though there are plenty of options for those who want to customise the whole experience.

Unlike most apps for TVs, Panasonic's free Viera Remote 2 app - available for Android or iOS smartphones and tablets - also includes two-way file swaps. Yes, it has a virtual remote screen, gesture control, an app launcher and even a gamepad option for app-based games on Viera Connect, but what most impresses is Swipe & Share 2.0.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

Uniquely this is a two-way relationship, so that once the app has found the Panasonic TX-L32E6B sitting on the same home network (wired or Wi-Fi), photos, music and video on your phone or tablet can be selected and played on the TV.

File types are limited to MP3, JPEG and MOV videos, but it works well enough with music and home-produced fare, too. Slideshows and music are the most polished, though video is stable, albeit after about a 10-second wait.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

Swipe & Share 2.0 works in reverse, too, enabling you to watch anything on your smartphone or tablet from devices physically attached to the Panasonic TX-L32E6B.

For this review we attached a USB flash drive packed full of digital media to one of the Panasonic TX-L32E6B's two USB slots, and managed to fetch MPEG and MP4-based videos, music and photos.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

Of course, this feature would be more handy if the Panasonic TX-L32E6B indulged in making recordings from its Freeview HD tuner to an external HDD. It doesn't do this, but its big sisters do (and in MPEG format). It's impressive nonetheless.

Another dimension to Swipe & Share 2.0 is its use as a web browser that can push web pages to the TV (and thereby circumvent the messy cursor-led controls and awkward text entry of the hard-button remote). It's great for occasionally sharing a website with everything else in the room.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

What Viera Remote 2 doesn't have - at least, not when it's used on the Panasonic TX-L32E6B - is second screen skills. There's only one Freeview HD tuner in this TV, so there's no chance that you'll be able to watch other TV channels fed to a phone.

Nor is it possible to engage 'clone' TV channel viewing. Despite that, Viera Remote 2 is probably the most advanced app we've yet seen, especially for a small TV.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

Elsewhere, the Panasonic TX-L32E6B handles digital media reasonably well. In our tests from both a docked USB flash drive and from a networked PC we managed to play WAV, MP3, M4A, FLAC and WMA music files.

And while the music plays it's possible to use the Viera Remote 2 app to switch off the TV screen.

Panasonic TX L32E6B review

The television also managed to play AVI, MKV HD, AVC HD, MPEG-4 and WMV video files.

However, all of these features are only made usable by some fast processing. Menu screens swipe and transit, fold and disappear in milliseconds, while the hard-button remote - complete with large buttons - makes the Panasonic TX-L32E6B one of the easiest TVs to use.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E6
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand489 mm
Width with Stand724 mm
Depth with Stand207 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Energy Consumption per Year61 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height434 mm
Width724 mm
Depth53 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesE6
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext, In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Web Browser
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32E6
Product NameViera TX-L32E6 LED-LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L32E6E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Panasonic brings you VIERA, a revolutionary line-up of 3DTV, Plasma, LED & LCD TV. The complete range of Viera TVs is fully compatible with the Going Digital Switchover.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg