Panasonic TX-L32D28 review

The price of this 32 inch Panasonic Freesat-toting LCD holds it back - otherwise, there's nothing to stop it getting that coveted fifth star Tested at £1100.00

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Our Verdict

Lovely in many ways: if it were cheaper, it’d be a cert for five stars

For

  • Terrific picture
  • excellent specification

Against

  • Too expensive for its size
  • sound isn’t great, although that’s nothing new for a flat TV

It's taken Panasonic some time to get on the LED-backlit bandwagon, but the terrific new TX-L32D28 has been worth the wait.

That said, in the silver finish of our review sample it looks a little old-fashioned, despite its trendy tilting stand. White and purple (yes, purple) versions are also available, which might lift the look a little, but even so, for a set using edge-lit LED technology, the Panasonic isn't as slim as you'd hope.

By way of compensation, this is possibly the best-equipped 32in TV we've ever tested. It includes both Freesat and Freeview HD tuners, access to Panasonic's VieraCast online video service, plus the ability to stream from your PC over DLNA.

Well equipped, impressive picture
Two USB ins are included and, just by way of garnish, there are four HDMI 1.4 inputs, one of which includes the audio return channel.

To cap it all, the 'D28 serves up a deeply impressive picture. Freesat looks best off-air, with sharply defined edges and plentiful punch, while Blu-ray exhibits excellent motion so long as you're moderate with Panasonic's Intelligent Frame Creation system.

In fact, the only performance downside of any note is the sound, which lacks scale and warmth.

So why only four stars? It's simply that it costs far more than some fine rivals. But if you find a better deal, we'd definitely consider this TV: it's one of the finest of its size available.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesD28
Product LineViera
Product NamePanasonic TX-L32D28
Product ModelTX-L32D28BP
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32D28BPA

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand20.1 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate17 kg
Width with Stand79.5 cm
Weight Approximate12 kg
Height with Stand53.6 cm
Width79.5 cm
Depth7.7 cm
Height52.1 cm
Dimensions52.1 cm (H): 79.5 cm (W): 7.7 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Teletext, Child Lock
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Internet AccessYes
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption136 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationREACH