Although Panasonic has recently introduced a handful of TVs to its LCD range that use traditional CCFL lighting, for the most part the brand is a devout follower of edge LED technology. So much so that it has even introduced edge LED backlighting to some of its smallest TVs: the 19in L19E3B, and the 24in L24E3B we’re looking at here.
We’re not entirely sure why Panasonic felt the need to come up with a new screen size at this relatively lowly level of the market. Maybe they just wanted to offer something unique. Or else it might have something to do with maximising the amount of screens that can be cut out of the latest sizes of LCD ‘mother glass’.
Deeply fascinating as all this speculation might be, though, it doesn’t really help us find out if the L24E3B is actually any good. So let’s get down to business by considering the L24E3B’s very pleasant design. At first the standard black frame looks fairly straightforward, despite being given a little ‘ooh-la-la’ by a grey section in the middle of the bottom edge. Look closer, though, and you see that the bezel is quite trim by small TV standards; the set’s rear is exceptionally slim; and the build quality is exemplary.
Facing straight out of the L24E3B’s rear (a potential issue if you’re thinking you might want to wall hang the set) is a fair-to-middling array of connections. Two HDMIs provide the highlight, but multimedia hounds will also appreciate the provision of a D-Sub PC input and an SD card slot, through which you can play photo (JPEG), music (MP3 and AAC) and Video (AVCHD/SD-Video/Motion JPEG/MP4 [Xacti]) files. Some people might have preferred a USB port to the SD slot, but we guess many digital recording devices do now use SD as standard.
The most surprising socket on the L24E3 is a LAN port, raising hopes that this might enable the TV to connect to networked PCs and the Internet. Sadly, though, this doesn’t prove to be the case. In fact the LAN is only there as mandatory support for the L24E3B’s integrated Freeview HD tuner.