The rated 2x8W of audio output hardly raises hopes of foundation-rocking sound quality either, the built-in tuner is only a standard definition Freeview one rather than a Freeview HD one, and so far as we can tell, there doesn’t appear to be anything significant happening at all in terms of picture processing.
Devoted haters of picture processing might actually like the sound of this latter point, but as we’ll see later, in reality it’s more of a hindrance than a help.
The 32-270 does, at least, carry a full HD panel. But we have our doubts whether such an apparently basic screen will really be able to make the most of its native resolution.
Starting to use the 32-270 is a bit like stepping through a time warp. First, because the remote control is one of those horrible, cheap, plasticky, overcrowded things that seem to accompany so many cheap ‘third-tier-brand’ products. And second, because the onscreen menus are basic in the extreme. They even run a bit slowly in places.
One redeeming feature is the electronic programme guide. For while this doesn’t offer anything much in the way of advanced functionality, it does at least work quickly and organises its content logically.
First impressions of the 32-270’s pictures are bewilderingly mixed. On the upside, images are driven off the screen by a surprisingly potent light output for such a cheap TV, and colours look bold and rich. On the downside, pictures are clearly being softened by motion blur, while colour tones tend to look over-wrought and unnatural.
Getting into these immediate impressions in a little more detail, the brightness output really is strong, grabbing your attention and pushing bright material hard.
With colours, the quite aggressive saturations the 32-270 goes for join forces with the brightness in giving the set definite ‘shelf’ appeal. As in, it would likely stand out if you happened to see one in a bright shop environment.
However, it really doesn’t take long before you realise that the vibrancy is actually too much. Video tends to look cartoonish, and far too many people end up looking like Mr Punch, with plasticky complexions and over-ruddy skin tones.