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Panasonic Viera TX-LF32E30 Review

Panasonic’s E30 range is one of the five new collections of LCD televisions the firm launched for 2011, and we’re testing the 32” version today. Like its relatives, the Panasonic E30 TV has an LCD display that’s backlit with LEDs, meaning 80% of its frame is just 4.2 cm thick; the bottom fifth contains the speakers and is a little chunkier at 7.5 cm. The manufacturer has included all of its latest technologies, including support for DLNA networks, a media player and access to Viera Connect for online content. There’s also a built-in PVR and movement correction filters.

Panasonic enjoys a great reputation for its plasma TVs but is changing tack to include LCD TVs in its catalogue alongside its plasmas. To manage the change, the firm has created its own manufacturing plant, which produces IPS-Alpha displays exclusively for Panasonic. Let’s see what we make of the change.



Low energy consumption: 44 W

Wide viewing angles—though not as wide as with a plasma

Matte display largely immune from reflections



Low contrast ratio (866:1)

Colour reproduction problems in True Cinema mode: average deltaE: 3.8

Media player doesn’t support NTFS

Mediocre remote with no backlighting



Panasonic’s latest LCD displays are a disappointment: we were hoping not just that they would have a better contrast ratio but also better colour reproduction too. The E30 is only just better than average, which is a real shame.

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