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Panasonic Viera TX-L32G20
The first thing we’ve got to say about the L32G20 is thank God for Internet prices. For when Panasonic first unveiled the L32G20, there was talk of it being lumbered with a frankly scary and - as we’ll discover - entirely unjustifiable price tag of £900. But thankfully for all concerned, we’ve managed to find the set being flogged online for a much more tantalising £579.
In fact, while the L32G20 might struggle to justify £900 of your hard-earned, it actually has a striking amount to offer for £579. For a start, it’s a smidgeon more attractive than the usual Panasonic TVs, courtesy of what appears to be a tinge of blue - or sometimes grey, depending on the light - imbued into the bezel that’s especially evident along the bottom edge. That said, Panasonic has a way to go before its TV aesthetics start to get close to the standard of some of its rivals.
More comprehensive evidence of the L32G20’s strong specification for £579 comes from its connections. For a start, it includes four HDMIs - three to the rear, one down the side. One of these is built to the v1.4 spec, to offer audio return channel functionality.
The L32G20’s most unusual connection, though, has to be its LNB input - there because the L32G20 carries a built-in Freesat HD tuner. We have to say we’re increasingly unsure of Freesat’s long-term future with Freeview HD interest having taken off so spectacularly, but the fact remains that for now, at least, there are enough places in the UK that can’t receive Freeview HD to more than justify the inclusion of a Freesat tuner in the L32G20. Especially now we’ve found the L32G20 heavily discounted, and so don’t have to feel like we’re paying a large premium for the Freesat privilege.
Just to be clear before we move on, the L32G20 does also have a Freeview HD tuner, so Panasonic isn’t asking you to choose between the free HD broadcast platforms. It’s just trying to ensure that everyone can get HD broadcasts no matter where they live. Which is kind of nice, really.
The inclusion of HD tuners inevitably means the L32G20 has both a full HD native resolution and an Ethernet port. But as we’d hope, Panasonic doesn’t leave the Ethernet’s talents there. For you can also use it to access files on a DLNA PC, or to access Panasonic’s Viera Cast online platform.