Heading into the set’s onscreen menus, though, provides a reality check. For the shortage of picture tweaks and options available is pretty startling. There isn’t anything here beyond what you’d expect to find on the most utterly basic of TVs. In fact, features are in such short supply that we ended up feeling relieved that the set at least managed to carry a Freeview tuner!
Oh well; there’s always the hope that the pictures will be sufficiently good in their ‘native’ state not to actually require much tweaking from us anyway.
In some ways – against the odds – this is actually true. We were immediately struck, for instance, by the set’s exceptional colour vibrancy. Colours of all hues and tones are driven off the screen with intensity, making the 32S700F’s pictures among the most immediately eye-catching we’ve seen at the 32in level. Honestly.
Playing a hefty part in this is the massive brightness Pangoo has managed to get from its edge LED system. The light is so extreme, in fact, that it almost makes pictures look luminous, something that oddly makes them look slightly three-dimensional – even though the set most definitely does not include 3D playback!
Not surprisingly, the brightness and richness of the Pangoo’s pictures might appear tailor made for a bright second room environment like a kitchen or conservatory. However, the picture’s raw aggression does come with conditions attached, as we’ll see in a moment.
Before that, though, there’s one more bit of good news. Namely that the set does better than many affordable 32in rivals when it comes to handling motion, suffering less with resolution loss and smearing than we would have anticipated.
We’re certainly not saying that there are no motion processing problems at all; there are. Including a few processing glitches from the (sadly not adjustable) 100Hz processing. But it’s certainly not bad overall for such an affordable and small edge LED screen.