The Good Good contrast performance; natural colours; surprisingly sharp hi-def pictures; low price tag.
The Bad Electronic programme guide looks drab; boring design.
The Bottom Line The 32-inch Panasonic Viera TX-L32X20B TV offers little in the way of extra features, but it packs a powerful punch in the picture department, and that's the most important thing.
Panasonic Viera X20 (TX-L32X20B)
Panasonic's 32-inch, 1080p Viera TX-L32X20B is an entry-level LCD TV. As such, it eschews many of the fancy features found on the company's higher-end TVs, such as LED backlighting and Internet connectivity. Consequently, Panasonic has been able to keep the price down -- you can currently pick this set up online for as little as £310.
'Stunning' isn't the word that springs to mind when you first clap eyes on this telly. Like many of Panasonic's lower-end sets, its design is very dull, especially when compared to similarly priced offerings from companies like LG and Samsung. Panasonic has tried to jazz things up slightly by adding a dimpled pattern to the glossy finish on the front, but the results aren't all that inspiring. The TV uses traditional CCFL backlighting so it's quite porky too, measuring 83mm thick. Its mundane appearance does mean, however, that the TV will look inconspicuous in the average lounge.
On a more positive note, set-up is a breeze and there's a decent line-up of connections for a 32-inch model, including three HDMI ports, a pair of Scart sockets, and a set of component inputs. There's also an optical audio output so you can feed sound from the on-board Freeview tuner to an external surround-sound system.
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