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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  • Outdated menu

Panasonic TX-L32ET5B

In most aspects, the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B offers incremental improvements over previous models. The panel it's built on has slightly better processing, while networking features are more user-friendly (including built-in Wi-Fi connectivity) and the set's Smart TV features continue to evolve.

But the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B breaks new ground for its manufacturer in offering passive 3D viewing rather than active 3D.

We liked

The Panasonic TX-L32ET5B does a sterling job with its passive 3D images. The overall experience is so superior to using active glasses and the reduction in resolution seems far less significant than we'd expected, possibly because the TV is just about as small as you can get for 3D viewing.

Its 2D pictures are consistently up there with the best, especially with HD sources, and the removal of adverts from the Freeview EPG gets a big thumbs up. Generally, the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B is a pleasure to use.

We disliked

Intelligent Field Creation in its maximum setting simply introduces too many artefacts. Even when reined in, it detrimentally affects images with haloing and the loss of filmic appearance when watching movies.

The Freeview EPG and tired old menu system could badly do with having a more contemporary feel. We struggled with logging in to Facebook, despite following instructions, and still feel that Viera Connect needs a broader selection of apps.

Final verdict

While 3D is unlikely to be the prime motivational factor for anyone buying a 32-inch TV, we think Panasonic has played a bit of a blinder on this one, making 3D much less of a faff, more affordable and perfectly enjoyable.

Sure it has one or two operating niggles, but these are pretty much minor concerns. This is a highly competent multimedia and connected TV, while from Blu-ray movies to daytime TV and HD sports, the Panasonic TX-L32ET5B consistently serves up first-rate images. And ultimately, that's what counts most when telly shopping.

Also consider

If 3D isn't really a deal-breaker, you could do a lot worse than the Toshiba 32RL858B. Its £400 price gets you Edge LED lighting and a Freeview HD tuner, plus more than decent performance.

Offering better value is Sony's KDL-32EX723, priced at just £500 and blessed with Active 3D rather than passive.

LG's 32LV550T sells for around £600, but isn't a 3D screen.

Finally, if 3D is not on your bag then the Panasonic TX-32LE5, due soon, may fit the bill, offering many of the same features as the TX-L32ET5B in a 2D-only package.

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