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Panasonic TX-L32ET5B review

Panasonic's first passive 3D TV proves a surprising 32-inch hit

Our Verdict

For

  • Effective 3D
  • Excellent 2D
  • Adept at handling multimedia
  • Decent audio

Against

  • Picture processing side-effects
  • Viera Connect clunky
  • Pricey
  • Outdated menu

The Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is the first model off the 2012 Viera production line, ushering in what Panasonic hopes will be a golden year for its TV portfolio.

Significantly, the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is also the company's first television to feature passive 3D technology. Passive 3D is the lower-cost, more convenient alternative to the active shutter system, albeit at lower resolution.

Panasonic has also lowered the power consumption of its 2012 screens and marginally improved its Viera Connect smart TV service.

Contrary to Panasonic's own publicity however, the TX-L32ET5B doesn't have a web browser, which is just as well, given how small web page text would appear on a 32-inch 1080p screen across a living room.

Another positive step is that before time Panasonic has ditched the much loathed advertising from its GuidePlus EPG. Three cheers for that.

At 32-inches, the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is the smallest of five models in the ET5 range, all of which have 300Hz backlight scanning. It will soon be joined by the 37-inch Panasonic TX-L37ET5B, 42-inch Panasonic TX-L42ET5B, 47-inch Panasonic TX-L47ET5B and their ultra-big brother, the 55-inch Panasonic TX-L55ET5B.

Panasonic TX L32ET5B review

The Panasonic TX-L32ET5B costs £700 in the UK. In the US, only the 42-inch and 47-inch versions are available, priced at $1,099 and $1,299, respectively.

The ET5 series is a step up from the non-3D E5 series and a step down from the ET50, which starts at 42-inch and adds 800Hz scanning plus active shutter 3D - or Full HD 3D, as it's now known.

Want 1600Hz scanning, a slimline bezel and Freesat HD? Keep going until you find the big bucks Panasonic DT50 and WT50 series.

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 ET5
3D Type3D
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
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption82 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
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 Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year59 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate300 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height473 mm
Width764 mm
Depth52 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product SeriesET5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Web Browser, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-L32ET5B
Product NameTX-L32ET5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32ET5B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

32" Smart Viera LED TV - A Smart Experience with Easy 3D
A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

Package Contents
  • TX-L32ET5B 32" Smart Viera LED TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg