We do, though, have a couple of issues with the L24E3B’s pictures. The first of these is that the set suffers quite obviously with LCD’s common problem of motion blur. According to Panasonic’s own Moving Picture Resolution scale – which it’s keen for the industry as a whole to adopt – it only manages 300 lines of motion resolution, resulting in moving objects looking a touch laggy and low on detail.
To be clear, the L24E3B isn’t exceptionally bad in this regard. In fact, its motion handling can be considered still slightly above average compared with much of its competition. But it does still sometimes distract you from what you’re watching, and so needs to be mentioned.
The other area where the L24E3B could be better is colour saturation. For all their subtlety, tones lack a little punch by usual edge LED standards. To be fair, this state of affairs is preferable to the common small screen approach where saturations are pushed too hard at the expense of tonal accuracy and finesse. But again, we noticed that colours weren’t particularly rich, so we have to mention it.
With its small screen size and super-slim rear, the L24E3B doesn’t exactly promise to rock the house with its audio quality. And certainly there are numerous problems, such as a near-total lack of bass, a tendency for vocals to get lost in a busy mix, and a rather squeezed mid-range. However, treble sounds clear without becoming hissy or excessively harsh, and the screen avoids the ‘phutting’ and buzzing noises we might have expected. So there are at least some small mercies to be thankful for.
The final thing to report on is input lag. Which was rather odd, actually, as during our tests the amount of lag using the Game preset shifted between around 40ms and a mere 6ms. If you take the average of the results we got, though, you end up with a figure of only just over 20ms, which represents a very good effort indeed.
It would have been nice to find the L24E3B adding DLNA network capability given its rather elevated price by small screen standards. But it still ultimately manages to justify its cost by producing a picture quality which, while not perfect, is still in a whole different league to that of the vast majority of its small-screen rivals.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8
Sound Quality 6
|Max. Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Full HD 1080p||Yes|
|Refresh Rate (Hertz)||50Hz|
|Digital Audio Out||1 (optical)|
|Ethernet||1 (Freeview HD only)|