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Panasonic TX-L32X5 review

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

Remembering that HD-ready TVs tend to cope far better with standard definition channels that Full HD televisions, we engaged the Panasonic TX-L32X5's Freeview HD tuner. It makes a good argument in favour of using an HD-ready panel in living room TVs.

High-definition channels appear detailed and clean with a bold colour palette, and so – remarkably – do standard definition channels. Surely as a result of that HD-ready panel, digital blocking is rarely visible, with The Big Bang Theory on E4 looking pristine. There is some motion blur, but it's not endemic. Black areas of the image – such as inside a car at night – seem profound, though empty of detail.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

With Ironclad on Blu-ray, the Panasonic TX-L32X5's weaknesses are immediately more obvious and distracting. A mixture of that low-res panel and some motion resolution loss means that during a scan from top to bottom of the Magna Carta the text isn't legible, while close-ups betray detail only in still shots.

Using the Cinema preset, colours can seem a little muted, partly because blacks are greyed over. Engage the True Cinema mode for a more profound approach to dark colour within a seemingly brighter image, although we did experience a slight yellowing of the rest of the colour palette.

Incidentally, during our review the Vivid Colour option appeared to make zero difference to images, while the Contrast Automatic Tracking System (CATS) - which monitors the ambient light and alters the panel's brightness accordingly - always reduced the brightness, although too often the sudden fluctuations proved distracting.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

At all times blacks are a bit hollow and fake, with little shadow detailing. During one sequence the shadowed ruffles in a character's red robes all merge into one area of grey-red mush. However, despite that HD-ready panel, the detail in images is good, and though far less impressive than a bigger 1080p panel, nevertheless lends enough impact to close-ups.

The main issue is with motion, with the Panasonic TX-L32X5 producing a less than smooth picture from the simplest of shots, though it's most distracting during busy close-ups of actors moving around a shot. It's a shame, because the Panasonic TX-L32X5 otherwise manages a cinematic colour palette that befits the likes of Ironclad.

As usual with Panasonic's IPS Alpha LED panels, the viewing angle is good, with the pixel aperture just wide enough to enable contrast and black levels to hold up when watched from the wings.

Panasonic TX L32X5 review

During Ironclad we moved positions to the side of the room, and although there was a slight greying over of black areas of the image, and the lustre of colours did reduce slightly, we're talking minor changes here. That's a strength that you rarely get on no-name TV brands.

Although there's not much in the way of processing power-hungry features that sometimes create lag, we enacted the Game mode for a purer shot at glory on FIFA 2012 on an Xbox 360. During matches we didn't notice any lag, though there is loss of resolution and detail when the action hots up, with blur common on camera pans around the stadium, too.

Edges are often frayed and jagged – especially pitch markings, such as the touchlines and the spherical centre circle markings, which came apart and looked totally disjointed each time the camera panned across.

Still, the overall image is otherwise clean and unusually muted for a 'game' mode – most are so, so garish – with strong, true-to-life colouring, profound black levels and pristine peak whites within a clean picture. As an affordable television for occasional, casual gaming, the Panasonic TX-L32X5 just about passes the test.

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

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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.

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SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg