Panasonic TX-L32X5 review

A simple but well made HD-ready LED-backlit TV with Freeview HD

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Usability

Although the Panasonic TX-L32X5 isn't a smart TV and doesn't pretend to offer the future of TV, it does lag behind some of the other key brands in terms of usability. It's not that it suffers from having an ugly, slow or hard to use on-screen interface, but it is a bit old fashioned.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

Using blue and yellow graphics, it's interface takes a list-based approach that can be hard to operate from the off, though it's the electronics programme guide (EPG) for Freeview that has the biggest issues.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

Although Panasonic has, thankfully, now abandoned the old Gemstar system, the replacement won't wow you. It's not even up to the standard of a cheap standalone set-top box. TV schedules for seven channels over two hours are nicely presented, but the graphical quality is poor and – by far the worst crime – there's no live TV thumbnail screen.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

Fancy perusing the next eight days' TV schedules in complete silence? Of course you don't.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

Forget iPhone apps or fancy touchpad remotes, the remote control offered here is the basic, smaller Panasonic model used for a few years now. The strong points – large number buttons and obvious channel and volume rockers – remain.

But new commands for activating both Media Player and, rather pointlessly, Viera Tools (repetitive shortcuts to video, music and photos stored on a SD card or USB flash drive) now circle the directional keypad. As traditional remotes go, there are few better.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

Media playback is a year behind the curve, with the Panasonic TX-L32X5 performing exactly the same as its 2011 TVs with both SD cards and USB flash drives. There's no support for lossless FLAC music, though MP3, purchased M4A and WMA files all worked fine.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

JPEG photos (only) can be scrolled through as a slideshow – set to some elevator music – while video codecs cover AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV and, thankfully, MKV.

Although everything is handled well and plays without a hitch, the remote's navigational buttons refused to play ball.

Sound

As a default, the Panasonic TX-L32X5's speakers include speech (harsh and tinny), music (preferable for dialogue-heavy fare, in our opinion) and user (a full equaliser can be accessed) modes, but it's seriously worth considering something separate.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

V-Audio adds a little oomph for movies and creates a more balanced sound, though not so you'd notice if you're used to a good sound system or home cinema.

Value

The Panasonic TX-L32X5 is not a bad TV – far from it – but we struggle to see why anyone would plump for this particular model when better choices exist in the same brand's collections. For example, take the Panasonic TX-L32E5B, which for an extra £20/$30 or so adds smart TV and a Full HD resolution.

What the Panasonic TX-L32X5 does achieve is a more versatile approach to all sources; Full HD is great only if you watch Blu-rays, and such a hi-res panel can still leave standard definition looking ropey. So if the living room in question has little interest in gaming, Blu-ray, or smart TV apps, then the Panasonic TX-L32X5 should do the trick.

More ambitious viewers ought to spend a little extra, though that conclusion does leave the Panasonic TX-L32X5 looking a little overpriced.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyViera
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
EthernetYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption56 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand517 mm
Width with Stand761 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports1
Energy Consumption per Year44 kWh
Media PlayerYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height463 mm
Width761 mm
Depth53 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Teletext, Picture and Text (PAT)
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32X5B
Product NameTX-L32X5B 32" Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L32X5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

32" VIERA LED TV - An All-Round Performer in a Stylish Slim Design (Energy Efficiency Class A+)

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.

Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg