The image’s clarity doesn’t collapse horribly when the screen has to cope with lots of motion either. Sure, there’s a little resolution loss. But it’s not severe, doesn’t make small movements look laggy, and isn’t accompanied by trailing motion artefacts. There’s nothing to worry about in judder terms either.
So far the only picture element we haven’t touched on is black level response, an area that regularly – almost routinely – troubles edge LED TVs. But while black levels are the 32D5000’s least successful picture element, the set still shows dark scenes better than would be fair to expect given the set’s knock-down price.
The problem isn’t that the 32D5000 can’t produce a good, deep black colour. In fact, its black level response humbles many sets costing twice as much. And it even manages to avoid looking hollow in the darkest parts of its pictures, despite having to sacrifice brightness to achieve its black colours.
Where the 32D5000 struggles more is in achieving backlight consistency. Using any of the provided image presets, which all keep the backlight setting extremely high, dark scenes can suffer with areas of the picture that look notably brighter than the rest. Fortunately, though, you can massively reduce this issue to the point where it becomes negligible by reducing the backlight output setting to around its halfway mark – or less. With this in mind, it’s worth noting that even at half backlight strength the picture still looks punchy and dynamic even in a pretty bright room.
First impressions of the 32D5000’s audio are underwhelming, as its sound appears flimsy, thin and contained. Surprisingly, though, the 32D5000 turns out to be one of a very small number of thin, relatively small TVs that benefits from being run at loud volumes, at which point the soundstage becomes more open, clear and detailed – if hardly reaching hi-fi levels of loveliness.
Finally, the UE32D5000 can be considered a perfectly respectable gaming monitor option, since its input lag averaged just under 40ms during our tests.
If you’re after the last word in 3D and Smart TV technology, then the 32D5000 is not the set for you. If you’re into good picture quality and stylish design at startlingly affordable prices, though, then the 32D5000 is almost scarily good. Though it’s a shame about that missing Freeview HD tuner…
Score in detail
Image Quality 9
Sound Quality 7