Panasonic TX-L32X5 review

  • £449.99
  • $399.99

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

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Great Value

It's been a while since we reviewed a TV with a basic HD-ready resolution, but the 1366 x 768 pixels on offer in the Panasonic TX-L32X5 – which constitute a one-megapixel image to a Full HD TV's two megapixels – will be fine for small spaces.

We liked

Well made and easy to use, there are enough pixels here to get a noticeably sharp picture from HD channels fetched from its built-in Freeview HD tuner, while standard definition fare was well treated. Colours are good, the viewing angle is wide, 'game' mode is surprisingly cinematic, and the SD card slot is a nice extra.

We disliked

Endemic motion blur is the biggest issue, although only an issue when watching Blu-ray discs. Blacks can look a little forced, sound is poor, and there's no FLAC music file support, but in terms of everyday use it's the isolated, cut-off electronic programme guide for Freeview HD that's the biggest disappointment.

Final verdict

Choosing an HD-ready TV over a Full HD version is risky if you plan to watch Blu-rays, but this 32-inch television from Panasonic's low-resolution panel proves capable at hiding the video nasties emanating from the soft, low resolution, low bit-rate standard definition channels that still make up the majority of most people's TV viewing.

There is some endemic motion blur on the Panasonic TX-L32X5 and it's a shame the Freeview HD electronic programme guide lacks a live TV thumbnail, but overall this is a reasonably good value attempt at a living room telly.

Also consider

The 32-inch TV sector no longer gets the attention it once did, but there is still some serious value in the former family-favourite size. Toshiba's 32DL933B also has an HD-ready resolution, although it adds a built-in DVD player, and sells for less than this Panasonic. Toshiba also makes a Full HD upgrade, the 32-inch 32HL933.

Samsung's UE32D5000, a benchmark product from last year, is still on sale for a similar price as the Panasonic TX-L32X5.

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