Panasonic Viera TX-32LZD85 review: Panasonic Viera TX-32LZD85

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The Good Well connected; superb picture; 1080p pixel count despite only being 32 inches across.

The Bad Expensive; low-level flicker over fast-moving edges.

The Bottom Line For a brand that still swears its undying allegiance to the plasma cause, Panasonic sure knows how to make a superior LCD TV. The TX-32LZD85 really does have pretty much everything a discerning TV customer could ask for, including terrific pictures and features galore

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For better or for worse, the obsession with 1080p is in full swing. Apparently, the punters are even starting to demand the necessary 1,920x1,080-pixel counts in TVs as small as 32 inches. Where there's a demand, TVs like Panasonic's new £800 Viera TX-32LZD85 will be only too happy to meet it.

Strengths
The first thing you notice about the 32LZD85 is that it's cute. Not jaw-droppingly, eye-poppingly gorgeous, but certainly cute, chiefly thanks to a little whitish arc added along the bottom edge. It contrasts beautifully with the glossy black of the rest of the TV's bezel.

Dragging your eyes away to the TV's rear continues the good first impressions, as you discover an SD card slot for the direct playback of digital photos, and two of the three HDMI inputs, all built to the latest v1.3 specification for Panasonic's deep x.v.Colour and auto lip-synching compatibility. What's more, the HDMIs can take 1080p/24p feeds from Blu-ray players, with the TV then playing those pictures back using a dedicated 24p mode designed to offer greater purity and fluidity than you would see otherwise.

Significantly, the 32LZD85 carries two separate processing systems devoted to making motion look sharper with anything you watch: 100Hz and Motion Focus. Having watched the Champions League final on the set, we can confirm that these two systems do a cracking job. The players looked pin-sharp as they charged around, but crucially, this motion sharpness was achieved with precious little in the way of negative processing side effects. Excellent.

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Panasonic Viera TX-32LZD85

Part Number: CNETPanasonic Viera TX-32LZD85

Typical Price: £800.00

See manufacturer website for availability.