A month or so ago we saw Panasonic's new range of LCD TVs get off to a very likeable start in the 32in shape of the TX-32LZD80. But, while undoubtedly very good, this TV was still from the relatively lower reaches of the new range, making us wonder just what glories we might expect from TVs higher up the Panasonic tree. Well, now we're about to find out. For before us today is the 32LZD80's costlier, better specified brother, the 32LZD85.
Probably the best place to start is to pick out things that distinguish the 32LZD85 from its cheaper stablemate. Basically all the main differences lie in the area of image processing, with the single most significant addition for the 32LZD85 being 100Hz. Designed to increase the sharpness, detailing and fluidity of motion, we've previously seen Panasonic double the usual PAL refresh rate to 100Hz to great effect, so hopefully the 32LZD85 will continue the trend.
Especially since this latest 100Hz incarnation is aided and abetted by both a new Motion Focus system, and a special processing algorithm targeted at getting the maximum performance quality out of Blu-ray's 1080p/24fps format.
Aesthetically the 32LZD85 is very similar to the 32LZD80, looking decently funky compared to Panasonic's sometimes slightly dry design efforts thanks to its combination of a curvaceous gloss-black bezel and bright silver (versus a darker grey on the 32LZD80) arced ‘lip' along the bottom edge.
Connectivity is exactly the same as the 32LZD80, which means the main highlight is the provision of three HDMIs, all built to the v1.3 standard and all able to take both Deep Colour signals and the 1080p/24 signals we mentioned earlier.
Other handy stuff includes an SD card slot for the direct viewing of photographs taken on a digital camera, a dedicated D-SUB PC input and a digital audio output.