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Panasonic TX-L32E5B review

Smart looks, smart pictures and smart TV on this Edge LED stunner

Our Verdict

Achieving greatness with almost all sources, and with no discernable weaknesses in the picture department, it's left to the TX-L37E5B to assert its all-round worthiness with some engaging smart TV shenanigans and reliable handling of digital files. With profound blacks, natural colours and impressive hi-def sharpness, and a judder-free performance with Blu-ray, the TX-L37E5B is a worthy addition to any living room after that extra slab of quality where it counts. It also helps prove that IPS LCD panels are at their best in smaller sizes.

For

  • Wide viewing angle
  • Contrast & colour
  • FLAC music support
  • Versatile pictures
  • Engaging smart TV

Against

  • Some LED leakage
  • Lacklustre Freeview EPG
  • Wired LAN only
  • MKV via USB only

Your average 32-inch TV rarely gets our pulses racing. While the headline-grabbing big screens get smart TV, 3D and swanky controllers, sets like the TX-L32E5B usually end up with far less attention and price cuts a-plenty.

Thankfully we're now seeing some of those high-end features trickling down to smaller screen sizes, but the TX-L32E5B does that rarest of double-acts – it comes with smart TV features, networking and a relatively low price from the off.

Its native panel tech isn't bad either. Built around a step-up IPS LCD panel and fitted with Edge LED backlighting, with smart TV services in the guise of VEIRA Connect, a Freeview HD tuner and some handy digital file playback and streaming options, the TX-L37E5B will be a tempting all-in-one upgrade for living rooms after something a bit more core quality.

Panasonic TX L32E5B

There's no 3D, of course, and nor is there built-in Wi-Fi, but the TX-L32E5B is an attractive proposition in more ways than one.

Stretching back around 40mm – not exactly the slimmest Edge LED in town, then – a thin transparent rim clings to the entire product's edge. It catches the light nicely, and though it's plastic, like the rather flimsy desktop stand, lends an unusual (though hardly 'out there'), understated look.

Panasonic TX L32E5B review

Also consider

Elsewhere in Panasonic's huge range of Edge LED TVs are a number of significantly more expensive options.

Most significant is the 32-inch TX-L32ET5B, which for a few hundred pounds extra adds Easy 3D. Shipping with four pairs of 3D glasses, this passive 3D set is built around an LG-made LCD panel.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera E5
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)11 kg
Operating Power Consumption69 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand519 mm
Width with Stand764 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year41 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate150 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height473 mm
Width764 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesE5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32E5B
Product NameTX-L32E5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-L32E5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

32" Smart VIERA LED TV - High Performance and Energy-Saving Efficiency
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.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.

Package Contents
  • TX-L32E5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9 kg