Pushing the set harder with a couple of dark, action-packed movie sequences predictably catches it out a bit. First of all, when there’s a lot of movement to handle you can see fairly clear evidence of motion blur, noticeably reducing the overall sharpness of the HD images. However, this is a problem common to pretty much every extremely cheap TV, and actually there are plenty of models out there that struggle much worse with motion than the Panasonic TX-L32X5B.
The other issue is that predominantly dark sequences reveal that while the set’s attempt at producing a respectable black colour really isn’t bad, it is a bit forced. By which we mean that the TV ends up crushing out more shadow detail than we’d like, leaving very dark areas looking hollow; more like holes ripped out of the picture than natural parts of it.
We can get back to good news, though, with the Panasonic TX-L32X5B’s upscaling of standard definition sources. These are delivered without looking excessively soft, without colours taking too much of a tonal hit, without motion blurring increasing much, and without source noise being left looking too obvious. This is, perhaps, a benefit of the set’s non-full HD resolution, as the upscaling processing isn’t having to work as hard.
If you’re considering bagging a Panasonic TX-L32X5B as a gaming monitor, it’s not a bad option. The motion blur and missing shadow detail aren’t ideal, but our input lag tests turned in a figure of under 30mms, which is comfortably low enough not to significantly dent your gaming abilities.
Budget small TVs don’t tend to have much going on in their audio departments. And it’s fair to say the Panasonic TX-L32X5B isn’t any better than average, as a lack of treble and bass extension leave its mid-range sounding cluttered and muddy. But the speakers don’t at least distort badly under pressure, or sound painfully harsh when the going gets tough.
Panasonic TX-L32X5B Verdict
We’ve seen a procession of surprisingly decent budget TVs in the past couple of months, and the Panasonic TXL32X5B is another fine example of the budget TV art.