Looking at these in turn, the Ethernet jack provides access to your networked DLNA computer, potential interactive services from the integrated Freeview HD And Freesat HD tuners, and Panasonicâ€™s new Viera Connect â€˜smart TVâ€™ service. The USBs can play back a good selection of video, photo and music files from USB storage devices; make the TV Wi-Fi ready via an optional USB dongle, or even record stuff from the digital tuners to a wide selection of powered USB HDDs. And the SD slot can also be used for playing back multimedia files direct from SD storage cards.
We covered the new Viera Connect service in our review of the L32E30B recently, so we wonâ€™t go into full detail on it again here. Suffice to say its highlights include a new Apps marketplace, the addition of the BBC iPlayer to the solid service set carried by Panasonic with its previous Viera Cast system, and a new level of interactivity that will include gaming options and health and safety utilities. In fact, Panasonic is intending to sell joysticks, weighing scales, heart rate monitors and even treadmill hardware accessories for – and through – the new Viera Connect service.
The L32DT30 carries the endorsement of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), which gives you a couple of ISF presets and, once youâ€™ve selected the ISF option, access to a reasonably comprehensive colour management system and gamma controls.
Itâ€™s worth noting, perhaps, that the L32DT30 doesnâ€™t join some of Panasonicâ€™s 3D plasma TVs in having THX certification.
The L32DT30â€™s 3D stuff does include, though, 2D to 3D conversion, and an auto-detect mode for spotting side-by-side sources like Skyâ€™s 3D broadcasts. The set has a built-in active 3D transmitter, but we were slightly disappointed given that itâ€™s hardly cheap by 32in standards to find that it doesnâ€™t ship with any 3D glasses. So youâ€™ll have to add Â£100 a pop for any pairs of 3D glasses you need.
With this in mind, the L32DT30â€™s 3D performance had better be worth it. And actually, it is.
For as we can tell almost immediately, the L32DT30 suffers less with crosstalk than any other LCD TV weâ€™ve seen. In fact, thereâ€™s scarcely any at all, which pretty much by default makes the L32DT30â€™s 3D pictures the best weâ€™ve seen from an active 3D LCD screen. It doesnâ€™t exactly damage our already positive feelings towards the L32DT30â€™s 3D images, either, that they enjoy a surprising amount of brightness, sharpness and colour richness. Dark areas lack some shadow detail versus Samsungâ€™s latest 3D images, but then the Samsungâ€™s have more crosstalk.
Actually, our only real concern about the L32DT30â€™s 3D images is a simple matter of scale. For we just couldnâ€™t get as involved in the L32DT30â€™s 32in 3D worlds as completely as we usually do with much bigger 3D screens.