Panasonic TX-L32E6B review
|Review: November 2013|
In a nutshell: The Panasonic TX-L32E6B is an excellent 32 inch TV offering a superior viewing experience, good Smart TV and outstanding connectivity. It's also gorgeous to look at!
The Panasonic TX-L32E6B is the 32 inch version of the TX-L42E6B that we reviewed earlier. It's not simply a smaller version though - it uses an IPS display instead of the VA display used in the 42 inch model - and so we're taking an in-depth look and seeing how it compares.
Design & looks
The first thing to say is that this is one of the nicest looking 32 inch TVs we've seen this year. We particularly like the ultra narrow bezel that surrounds the screen and the overall slimness of the TV. The transparent strip along the bottom is another nice touch.
Panasonic has also updated its onscreen menus for 2013. As a result the TV is easier to use than older models, and the standard remote is quite user friendly with nice big buttons. The system allows you to create customised home screens for each user. These can be customised by adding channels and apps.
As we mentioned earlier, this 32 inch TV uses an IPS display, in common with the high-end Panasonic TVs. IPS displays are well known for producing a very natural colour palette and offering wide viewing angles, and the Panasonic lives up to expectations in both aspects.
The TV is bright too, and is a star performer in well-lit rooms or for daytime viewing. The screen is less impressive in darkened rooms, with blacks not as dark as we'd like, leading to reduced levels of contrast and some cloudiness in dark scenes. However, Panasonic's image processing technology comes to the rescue and manages to deliver some impressive shadow detail and dynamic range despite the limitations of the hardware.
At times there can be signs of motion blur, as you might expect from a TV with just 100Hz backlighting, and this might also be an issue for gamers.
Overall, picture quality is good, with perhaps the Sony KDL-32W653A being the only other LED TV in this price range capable of outperforming it.
3D is not available on this TV.
This TV has 2 Full Range stereo speakers delivering a total power of 10W x 2. There's an overall lack of bass from the speakers, but voice reproduction is clear enough.
Panasonic's VIERA Connect is reasonably comprehensive, with support for youtube, the BBC iPlayer, facebook, twitter, Skype and Netflix. There's also a web browser with HTML5 support. It does lag behind the other manufacturers however, with no LoveFilm app or ITV Player for example.
Connectivity is a real strength of this model. There are 3 HDMI ports, plus built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet for connecting to the internet. Legacy devices are supported with component/composite and SCART connectors, and you can output sound using the digital optical audio output. You can also plug in a USB device to view video, music or photos and you can connect the TV to a networked PC or laptop via DLNA to use as a media centre.
With a compatible smartphone you can download the VIERA Remote2 app and use this to control the TV. You can also view content from the smartphone on the TV screen.
In addition, the TV comes with a built-in Freeview HD tuner.
Conclusion - one of the best 32 inch TVs available
Panasonic is producing some impressive LED TVs in 2013 and the TX-L32E6B is one of the stars. In fact, it's one of the best 32 inch TVs you can buy. We'd rate it on a par with the Samsung UE32F6200 and just a notch below the outstanding Sony KDL-32W653A.
Although black levels aren't quite as deep as the Samsung, it has a good dynamic range and an accurate colour palette. Viewing angles are wide too.
Overall it's a good value TV offering a superior viewing experience, good Smart TV functionality and an outstanding range of connectivity options. Did we also mention that it's gorgeous to look at?
Panasonic TX-L32E6B features include:
- 32 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 100Hz backlight blinking
- Freeview HD
- VIERA Connect with web browser
- Audio: Full Range stereo speakers (10W x 2), V-Audio surround sound
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 3, USB, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite in (AV) x 1, SCART x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, CI (Common Interface), VIERA Link, RF input
- Standard remote
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 80W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 724 x 434 x 53 (35) mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 724 x 489 x 207 mm
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