Panasonic TX-L32E30B review

The no-frills Panasonic TX-L32E30B could be a smart choice Tested at £700

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Our Verdict

It’s not flawless but for many we think this set will be just the job

For

  • Affordable
  • excellent internet TV service
  • detailed, natural pictures

Against

  • Motion isn’t perfect
  • nor is the TV tuner
  • average sound

We took our first look at a 2011 Panasonic TV in May 2011. It was a premium (£1200) 37in set, and performed superbly.

But if bells and whistles aren’t what you’re after, Panasonic suggests you look at its E30 range, such as this 32in edge-LED LCD – yours for around half the price.

But make no mistake: this ‘stripped-down’ TX-L32E30B still packs plenty of features.

It has a Freeview HD tuner; the Viera Connect internet TV service; USB recording to an external HDD; four HDMI and three USB connections; a digital audio output and SD card input… The only box that isn’t ticked is 3D.

Subtle yet punchy picture
The Viera Connect service itself is good. BBC iPlayer, Acetrax movies, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Twitter are all present and correct.

The basic layout is clear, too; the TV’s interface is similarly simple and there’s a sensible rather than daunting amount of tweakable picture-processing options.

We dabbled with the Intelligent Frame Creation, which we think introduces a little instability, but Clear Cinema works better.

Motion isn’t perfect watching the Blu-ray of Gulliver’s Travels – in comparison with the best, certainly – but it’s good enough not to be distracting in isolation.

The natural colour palette is poised, offering punch and subtlety, while insight is excellent and edges are sharp.

Black levels are dark and true but do lack detail at times.

Good internet TV offering
Switch to Freeview HD and you get a bright, punchy picture that’s largely free of noise and again sporting plenty of detail, with only wide-angle, expansive shots lacking sharpness.

Standard-definition channels need reigning in at times thanks to their bright colours, but this is a decent TV tuner.

It’s a shame that the sound is no great shakes, getting screechy at high volume.

This television’s strengths lie with its price-tag, the excellent video performance and thorough internet TV offering. If that matches your wish-list, it could be for you.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesE30
Product LineViera
Product NamePanasonic TX-L32E3
Product ModelTX-L32E30B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberTXL32E30B

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand23 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate12.50 kg
Width with Stand76.9 cm
Weight Approximate10 kg
Height with Stand51.4 cm
Width76.9 cm
Depth7.5 cm
Height48 cm
Dimensions48 cm (H): 76.9 cm (W): 7.5 cm (D)

Technical Information

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

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption72 W

Video

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

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationREACH

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year