The 32LC46’s connections, meanwhile, are perfectly acceptable, including as they do two HDMIs, a component video input and a D-Sub PC port. What’s more, the HDMIs prove capable of taking in 1080p sources, a talent still found on relatively few 32in TVs. Of course, you might argue that 1080p compatibility on an HD Ready screen as small as 32in isn’t really all that necessary, but such is the British public’s obsession with all things 1080 right now that I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who would disagree with me.
So far, so good. Maybe the TV’s budget nature will show through in its design? Again, no. There’s nothing about the glossy black bezel or its cool contrast with a matt black speaker section and silver trim that couldn’t sit very happily on a TV costing twice as much.
While the 32LC46 has definitely impressed so far, though, we can’t deny that with every unexpected feature, connection or glamorous design element, we’ve become increasingly concerned for the set’s picture quality. After all, a TV this resoundingly cheap just has to have a pretty major flaw in its makeup somewhere, right?
Sadly, to some extent our concerns are realised by the 32LC46’s pictures, which suffer with two or three notable howlers.
By far the worst problem concerns what can best be described as backlight seepage, whereby pools of light spill across the picture from the top right and bottom left corners really quite noticeably during dark scenes.
We’re not just talking here about LCD technology’s regular tendency to show dark picture elements with a sort of grey wash over them. On the 32LC46 the light pools I’m describing are distracting yellowish shadows that look as if a gremlin is standing off to the picture’s side shining a low-powered torch across it. Not that I believe in gremlins, obviously. I’m a fairy man myself. Actually, I’m not sure that came out right either. Moving swiftly on…