It's perhaps surprising to find that the LC-37LE320 does not have a Freeview HD tuner, even though it has a Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) panel. For many buyers this will mean an instant demerit. The omission may be less significant if you are a Sky+HD or Virgin Media subscriber, in which case you'll already have a stream of hi-def content on tap.
Of course, adding a set top box will instantly rob you of an HDMI port, which might prove painful, since there are only two HDMI v1.3 inputs on the back panel. There is a third on the left hand side for quick connection of games consoles and camcorders, however.
You also get a component AV input and a pair of Scarts. There's also an electrical digital audio output, should you need to feed TV sound (maybe a radio station from the Freeview tuner) to a separate hi-fi system.
Joining the aforementioned side-mounted HDMI is a CI (Common Interface) slot for a Top Up TV Cam, phono AV input, USB, PC VGA (D-Sub) input and a headphones jack.
On the opposite side of the screen are key controls, should the remote find itself buried beneath a pile of ironing. There are channel and volume rockers, Menu and Source select buttons and a power switch.
With no internet connectivity, the humble USB input finds itself the centre of attention.
The USB media player offers a thumbnail browser from which you can select your media type for playback.
Music playback is restricted to MP3s, but video file support is wide and covers AVI, MPG, MOV, MP4, XviD and MKV. All our test files played back successfully, including HD MKV downloads. There's even support for SRT subtitles. However our MOV test file played back in the wrong aspect ratio. JPEGs can be viewed as a slideshow, with or without transitional effects.
It's worth noting that USB support is only for FAT32 devices, NTFS is not recognizable. File playback size is limited to 4GB.
The set also enables you to register for DivX VOD downloads. Once authorised, you'll be able to play DivX VOD content, although dealing with DRM-heavy media generally isn't worth the hassle.
Another feature you're unlikely to use is a parental lock to disable certain inputs. If you lock HDMI one, for example, you'll be asked for a password each time you select it. The Parental menu itself can also be locked.