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Pangoo S700 (LE-32S700D) review: Pangoo S700 (LE-32S700D)

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The Good Cool styling; good range of inputs.

The Bad Average picture quality; poor sound quality; lack of control over picture modes.

The Bottom Line If picture quality matters to you, we suggest you avoid the Pangoo LE-32S700D. Some inexcusable mistakes have been made with this TV

5.5 Overall

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Pangoo sees itself as the Chinese Samsung, offering decent value for money, stylish equipment and good performance. The company's virtually unknown in the UK, but we like the cut of its jib, and we've been keen to see if its TVs live up to its claims.

The LE-32S700D is a 32-inch, 1080p LCD TV with LED edge lights. That means it's slim and light, so it could be ideal if you're short of space. It costs around £580.

Cool customer

The LE-32S700D looks pretty cool. It's thin and has a shiny black finish, which is standard issue on modern TVs. It may not have an especially famous name attached to it, but it looks just as impressive as any other 32-inch TV we've seen.

The remote control is another matter altogether. It's totally generic, and ugly to boot. It works perfectly well, though, and the controls are reasonably logical. Using it to navigate through the menu system is simple enough, and the limited menus are clear and easy to understand.

Out of control

Our main complaint with the LE-32S700D is that it doesn't offer very much in the way of picture-customisation options. That means you're pretty much stuck with the picture that you get out of the box, which is bad news if you don't like it. For example, there are no options to switch off any of the TV's picture-processing modes. The most you're allowed to do is reduce the amount of noise reduction.

This TV certainly cuts a dash, but it's less impressive when you actually try and watch something

As we watched various content, it became apparent that this lack of control was going to be a problem. While we were able to adjust both the contrast and the brightness, we couldn't reduce the backlight level. Also, although the brightness level is configurable, reducing it means the image becomes very hard to see. Normally, a TV will allow you to adjust the backlight and brightness settings separately.

Uneven backlight

When the TV is displaying a black screen, it's quite apparent that the LED illumination isn't as even as it could be. This isn't especially rare with LED TVs, but it's still disappointing. During normal viewing, however, it isn't too apparent that the backlight is fairly uneven.

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