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First Look: The inexpensive Panasonic TC-L32C5

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First Look: The inexpensive Panasonic TC-L32C5

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Shoppers for bargain-basement 32-inch LCD TVs can do better than the Panasonic TC-L32C5.

-Hi. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET. This is the Panasonic TCL32C5. This is Panasonic's cheapest TV this year. This is a little 32-incher, runs around 300 bucks on sale right now. Unfortunately, it's really not that good even compared a lot of the other cheap TVs out there. Start off with the styling of the set as you'd expect from an inexpensive LCD TV. There's really not much to talk about. It's got a pretty thick glossy black frame. The stand, squarish, a little bit nicer than some of the old stands, at least I think so. Doesn't swivel however and all told it's pretty fixed seen from the side it looks compared to LED models. Around back on the L32C5 you'll find the standard array of inputs. There's 2 HDMI, 1 component video and a PC input. Around the side, there's also a USB port which is kind of a TV's main step-up feature that you can actually plug your USB in the side and get some photo or music action displayed on the TV. Picture settings on this set are pretty sparse. You'll only get a couple of color temperature presets and some picture presets. If you're into tweaking, you might wanna look at another television. As I mentioned at the top the [unk] TV is pretty disappointing compared to its 32-inch brethren. We really didn't appreciate the black-level performance. It can get relatively dark but it really loses a lot of shadow details, so dark areas of the screen look pretty murky. The real problem is color accuracy though. The best color temperature preset actually makes the darkest areas of the picture appear very red, so you get that kind of reddish overtone and skin tones and even creeps up into the brighter areas of the picture. So all told one of the worst performers in that area, does have pretty good bright-room performance. It rejects light pretty well, but all told it's not the best 32-inch performer on the market. I did appreciate its uniformity and bright-room performance but all told it's really among the worst 32-inch performers we've seen this year. That's a quick look at the Panasonic TCL32C5. David Katzmaier from CNET.

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