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Panasonic Viera TX-L32S10 review

A basic spec and low price make for a decent, cheap 32-inch LCD TV

Panasonic viera tx l32s10

Tweaking the picture settings won't take long; rudimentary control for brightness, colour and so on are about all that's provided. If you do feel robbed of the chance of performing a proper calibration to Hollywood Studio standards, you should already be aiming for something a bit further up the flatscreen food chain.

For the casual user, the lack of tweakable menus is no disaster and elsewhere the simple on-screen menus couldn't be easier to navigate. Tired, yes, but effective.

From kick-off the TX-L32S10 immediately starts tuning in Freeview TV channels, while kudos for its ease of use goes to the Viera Tools shortcut screen, which pops up 'widget' style from the bottom of the screen. Its coloured icons give direct access to pause live TV (if you have a Panasonic Diga recorder attached), Viera Link (to operate a Blu-ray player from the TV's remote), photo slideshows set to music, or to video stored on an SD Card.

Playback issues

The latter is most disappointing; the TX-L32S10 claims to play movies, though in our tests it didn't recognise a single file from our cornucopia of MOV, MPEG, DivX, MKV, MP4 and WMV material. Only the AVC-HD format, used on Panasonic's HD camcorders, is coped with, though for a modern TV not to even play MP3 music is rare.

It's in sharp contrast to the likes of Samsung and LG, whose similarly priced TVs have advanced media players that deftly can handle music and DivX and even DivX HD video files.

The Viera Image Viewer software is excellent, with one-touch JPEG slideshows that load instantly and play over around 25 seconds of looped music.

Positives

More friendly frippery comes in the form of Viera Link, Panasonic's attempt to eliminate at least one remote control from your burgeoning collection. If you've a Blu-ray player or home cinema system made by Panasonic and (crucially for the latter) connected to this TV via HDMI, the TX-L32S10's remote can master everything using a single menu on the TV.

Away from such gimmicks, it's worth noting that the panel inside the TX-L32S10 is a bit special. Called IPS Alpha, it's a special kind of LCD panel that's only used in Panasonic TVs. Richer colours, better contrast and a much wider viewing angle than ordinary LCDs; that was the original intention on their inception a few years ago, and the wider viewing angle, in particular, remains a distinct advantage.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera S10
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
HDMIYes
RMS Output Power20 W
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound
Product SeriesS10
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32S10
Product NameViera TX-L32S10 32" LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL-32S10B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The TX-L32S10 has a wide 178 viewing angle which ensures clear images even when viewed from an angle. The back light's wide transmission aperture enhances the contrast between light and dark, and improves motion-image response. *Measured at an angle where the contrast ratio is 10:1 or higher.