Panasonic TX-L32X5 review

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

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Great Value

It's been a while since we reviewed a TV with a basic HD-ready resolution, but the 1366 x 768 pixels on offer in the Panasonic TX-L32X5 – which constitute a one-megapixel image to a Full HD TV's two megapixels – will be fine for small spaces.

We liked

Well made and easy to use, there are enough pixels here to get a noticeably sharp picture from HD channels fetched from its built-in Freeview HD tuner, while standard definition fare was well treated. Colours are good, the viewing angle is wide, 'game' mode is surprisingly cinematic, and the SD card slot is a nice extra.

We disliked

Endemic motion blur is the biggest issue, although only an issue when watching Blu-ray discs. Blacks can look a little forced, sound is poor, and there's no FLAC music file support, but in terms of everyday use it's the isolated, cut-off electronic programme guide for Freeview HD that's the biggest disappointment.

Final verdict

Choosing an HD-ready TV over a Full HD version is risky if you plan to watch Blu-rays, but this 32-inch television from Panasonic's low-resolution panel proves capable at hiding the video nasties emanating from the soft, low resolution, low bit-rate standard definition channels that still make up the majority of most people's TV viewing.

There is some endemic motion blur on the Panasonic TX-L32X5 and it's a shame the Freeview HD electronic programme guide lacks a live TV thumbnail, but overall this is a reasonably good value attempt at a living room telly.

Also consider

The 32-inch TV sector no longer gets the attention it once did, but there is still some serious value in the former family-favourite size. Toshiba's 32DL933B also has an HD-ready resolution, although it adds a built-in DVD player, and sells for less than this Panasonic. Toshiba also makes a Full HD upgrade, the 32-inch 32HL933.

Samsung's UE32D5000, a benchmark product from last year, is still on sale for a similar price as the Panasonic TX-L32X5.