Panasonic Viera TX-L32S10 review

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

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Panasonic viera tx l32s10

A TV in need of a dose more contrast and an overall sharper rendition of Full HD fare would suggest that the TX-L32S10B is a poor-value TV. Although seemingly based on 2008 tech, this Full HD set is now being heavily discounted, so its mixed performance does seem fair value.

In practice the lack of a 100Hz engine – the quality and worth of which is highly changeable between manufacturers – is not what makes the TX-L32S10 an entry-level set. Pictures, for the most part, and clean and free of distracting motion blur, something that together with a wide viewing angle makes the TX-L32S10 a candidate for gamers.

We liked

Although its user interface is rather stale, it's likely to appeal to non-techies by dint of Viera Tools, a pop-up menu that presents all of its major functions in a clear and easily accessible way. Inputs can also be renamed to make selecting AV inputs easier.

Blu-ray is given a reasonable treatment but it's games that the TX-L32S10 excels with. Very little motion blur, despite the lack of a 100Hz engine, makes high-octane gaming possible while a wider viewing angle than most LCD TVs means those on the periphery will have a better experience than with other TVs.

We disliked

The remote is more cluttered than other brands, with some functions hidden beyond the reach of a quick glance, and the interface in general needs a refresh. Pictures do lack ultimate sharpness and could do with a jot more contrast. Some LCD TV manufacturers have got rid of the tech's traditional problems with reproducing black, but such progress is not evident on the TX-L32S10.

Final verdict

If you can find the TX-L32S10 for less than £500, it's worth considering because at it's heart this LCD TV is as good as it gets at the entry level. Those after ultimate Full HD detail and deeper, more realistic black levels – or simply a totally dependable all-rounder – should look elsewhere, but if you're after a cheap flat screen with a built-in Freeview tuner that's a cinch to use, the TX-L32S10 could just fit your bill.

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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
RMS Output Power20 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound
Product SeriesS10
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program
Product ModelTX-L32S10
Product NameViera TX-L32S10 32" LCD TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL-32S10B
Manufacturer Website Address
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.