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Panasonic Viera TX-L32C3B review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £330
inc VAT

An IPS panel is unusual at this price, but it doesn't have a Full HD resolution. The lack of internet services is also a blow


32in, Freeview HD, 1,366×768 resolution, 3D: no, 2x HDMI

It might only have a 32in display, but Panasonic’s L32C3B uses a high-quality IPS LCD panel that greatly improves viewing angles compared to TVs equipped with more basic TN screens. However, with prices hovering around £350, we were interested to see if corners had been cut in order to fit IPS technology into a budget TV.

Our first impressions were positive; it might be made from glossy plastic which attracts dust and fingerprints, but the overall design of the TV is fairly attractive. Viewing angles were expectedly fantastic, with practically no colour degradation even when viewing the TV at an extreme side-on angle.

Panasonic VIERA L32C3B

Connectivity is somewhat limited with two HDMI ports, component video, a single SCART socket and an SD card reader for playing multimedia files without the need for a separate media streamer. Although there’s an Ethernet port, it’s only useful for downloading firmware updates, as there’s no access to on-demand TV services. Note the absence of a VGA input, too.

Panasonic VIERA L32C3B Ports

Watching Free-to-air television broadcasts, we immediately noticed how natural the colours looked. Even before we’d used the menus to fine-tune the image, everything looked bright and well-defined. Low-bitrate channels such as BBC News suffered from noticeable artefacts, but this is to be expected; high-quality channels fared much better. It’s good to see a Freeview HD tuner, even though most programmes are broadcast in 1080i, which is greater than the native 1,366×768 resolution of the panel. It was much easier to pick out details compared to SD broadcasts, albeit not quite as sharp as on a Full HD set. Annoyingly, as with all Panasonic TVs, there’s no video thumbnail or audio when viewing the EPG.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Viewable size 32in
Native resolution 1,366×768
1080p support No
Aspect ratio 16:9
HD ready yes
3D capable no
Contrast ratio 20,000:1 (dynamic)
Speakers 2x 10W


D-sub inputs 0
HDMI inputs 2
Component inputs 1
Composite inputs 1
Audio outputs optical S/PDIF out, stereo audio output, headphone jack
Other headphone output, CI slot, SDHC slot, RJ45 LAN


Tuner type Freeview HD
EPG 8 day


Power consumption standby 10W
Power consumption on 76W

Buying Information

Warranty five years RTB
Price £330

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