Review Price £223.90
Panasonic Viera TX-L19D28BP - Sockets and Operation
It’s a pity there’s no USB port, perhaps, but then we guess Panasonic could argue that the set already goes further than most in its multimedia efforts. Other sockets on the L19D28BP include two SCARTs (both RGB), two HDMIs, and a digital audio output. Which all looks perfectly acceptable for a 19in TV.
A rather attractive, impressively responsive and mostly well laid out remote control provides a good interface with the L19D28BP’s onscreen menus, and helpfully provides a dedicated button for accessing the iPod dock. The only bum note on the remote is a hard-to-spot main Menu button.
The L19D28BP’s onscreen menus follow precisely the same look and structure as Panasonic’s larger TVs - which means they’re clean and mostly straightforward, if a little bland by today’s icon-driven standards.
Not surprisingly for such a small TV, the number of features and adjustments contained within its onscreen menus isn’t particularly huge. The only things of vague interest in the picture menu are a few presets, a 'Vivid Colour' processor that does what it says on the tin, one of those now near-universal tools for automatically adjusting the picture in response to the light in your room, and a straightforward noise reduction system. There’s no 100Hz or other motion processing, but this is pretty predictable on such a small screen.
HD obsessives might rue the fact, too, that the TV’s resolution is 1,366 x 768 pixels rather than a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080. But we seriously, seriously doubt if you could actually see any difference between these resolutions on a TV that’s just 19in across in its cotton socks.
That said, we weren’t spectacularly impressed by the sharpness with which the L19D28BP reproduces our HD sources. There’s not quite the same sense of crispness and texture that we like to see with HD. This seems at least partly down to some evidence of LCD’s motion blur issue, where moving objects lose resolution as they cross the screen.
Happily we wouldn’t say this loss of resolution is joined by much of the smearing that can occur with small-screen LCD TVs, though. So the picture still looks reasonably natural.
It also enjoys some really good colours by sub-19in standards. We’re now becoming used to edge LED technology producing a wider, more dynamic colour palette than CCFL models, and this trend is even evident on the L19D28BP. Not, perhaps, in the form of the most aggressively bright and vibrant colours we’ve seen on a small screen, but certainly in the form of some of the most natural and subtly blended colours we’ve seen.