Panasonic TX-L32X20B review

Basic, but those after a simple flat TV will love this LCD TV's contrast-rich pics

Panasonic TX-L32X20B
This Panasonic plasma TV lacks a Freeview HD tuner for free HD broadcasts

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Panasonic tx-l32x20b

A resolution of 1366x768 pixels earns it just a HD ready badge, though the biggest faux-pas is the TX-L32X20B's lack of a Freeview HD TV tuner. Elsewhere in its extensive flat TV line-up Panasonic has shown itself to be rather obsessive about installing a DVB-T2 tuner (and, in some cases, a Freesat HD tuner, too), but not here. Nor is there any semblance of web connectivity and certainly no sign of Panasonic's Viera Cast online entertainment hub.

It's fitted with a traditional CCFL-backlight rather than an LED array, though this helps bestows on the TX-L32X20B its most enticing feature – that rock-bottom price.

It's not all back-to-basics stuff; Panasonic's Vreal 5 picture processing is present, as is an SD card slot – you won't find that on any other brand of TV.

Connectivity is strong for a budget set, with three HDMI inputs leading the charge, though one is on the side of the TV, leaving just two on the rear. The side panel (on the TV's left-hand side as you watch) also includes a SD card slot, headphones jack, composite video input, stereo audio inputs and a Common Interface slot – the latter crucial since it expands the available channels to Top-Up TV packages.

Elsewhere on the rear panel are a couple of RGB Scarts, a set of component video inputs, an RF aerial jack and a D-sub 15-pin PC input. Audio is dealt with by a set of stereo audio ins and outs and an optical digital audio output.

The bog-standard DVB-T tuner inside the TX-L32X20B finds all channels quickly, though the software that supports the service is surprisingly poor. Somewhere along the line Panasonic signed-up for Guide+Plus and its clunky, advert-strewn interface, which was a mistake.

Schedules are shown for seven channels over the next seven days, but such is the space taken up by descriptions – and even diagrams – of what button does what, that information for at least 11 channels could theoretically be displayed. Ditto the actual programme titles, which are squeezed into overly small boxes. It's all very well using large fonts, but what's the point making it easy to read half a word?

Incidentally, Panasonic sells a tilting TY-WK3L2RW wall mount specifically for this model, which costs around £170 online.

Jamie Carter

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