Panasonic Viera TX-L24E3B
A 24 inch budget LED TV
If you want to buy a TV set but you’re on a budget, there are still on the market some devices that can meet your requires. The Panasonic Viera TX-L24E3B is one of those. The Viera TX-L24E3B is part of the LCD line using Panasonic’s new IPS- Alpha panel, also available on 32 and 42 inch models. Differences between the different sizes are not likely to appear, but let’s see what the 24 inch model offers. Let’s see the test performed with this TV and the review. 🙂
High contrast rate
The 24 inch Full HD Edge LED TV offers brilliant images and a high contrast rate, being possible to enjoy the great image quality even in very bright rooms. As we said before, the TV set has a respectable look. The screen is surrounded by a shiny black frame, with a distinctive note on the bottom, given by a gray section. It looks very well built and is also very slim. On the rear we have a range of connections, including two HDMIs, a D-Sub PC input, a SD card slot, and a LAN port, serving as support for the integrated Freeview HD tuner and not for allowing connections to networked PCs or Internet, as we would have hoped. There is no USB port, this being replaced by the SD card slot, which it seems to be of more use these days.
Game mode included
If Freeview is accessible in your area, you get access to a handful of subscription free channels, only by a connection your TV to the aerial connection.
For the TX-L24E3B’s picture adjustments, there are some presets you can choose from, like a noise reduction system, a Vivid Colour feature, also a Game mode and Panasonic’s C.A.T.S system which adjust the TV’s brightness according the brightness in the room.
The Game mode mentioned above means quicker image response, privileging you during online games for example. Also, the darkish images produced by the video games are displayed more clearly.
With the Image Viewer, another notable feature of the Viera TX-L24E3B, you can see you favorite images and HD videos in high quality, via the SD card. This also has support for slideshow frames and background music.
There are some image issues related to small display TVs, but the Panasonic Viera TX-L24E3B successful beats them all. There is no sign of blur and colors are nicely nuanced. The contrast rates are again very good; we found no problem in combining deep blacks with very light whites or strong colours for that matter.
Thanks to the IPS panel, the Viera TX-L24E3B allows wide viewing angles, without need of sitting in the center to see the best of the image. Being LED backlit, this means the TV is somewhat eco-friendly, using less energy that will show on you electricity bill. Again for the sake of nature, Panasonic didn’t use any mercury in the panel or any other harmful substance, so bravo to that.
As for drawbacks, we have noticed a few, despite the general good impression this TV set has made on us.
Not impressive sound
The first thing we thought of when seeing the slim rear was the noise quality. And indeed, you shouldn’t expect to hear your neighbors knocking on the door because of the loud noise. What is more, there’s almost no bass, so you might encounter some difficulties in differentiating the vocals from the instruments sometimes.
Another thing we noticed during our test is that, while playing, there is some unfortunate lag going on. But the good part is that it’s not significant, almost 20ms, so we can turn a blind eye to it.
To sum up the test performed for that review, we liked the Panasonic Viera TX-L24E3B for the image quality it offers at this screen size. It has some features which makes it stand above other TV sets in this category and we guess it will reap its laurels soon.
|Panel characteristics||LED LCD Panel (E-LED Backlight)|
|Viewing Angle||170 degree|
|Panel Drive||50 Hz|
|Applicable PC Signals||XGA, WXGA, SXGA 60Hz, 1920 x 1080 (HDMI)|
|Integrated Tuners*||PAL-I; DVB-T, DVB-T/T2 (MPEG4-AVC [H.264])|
|FULL-HD||1080p (HDMI only), 1080i|
|24p Smooth Film/Playback||no/ available|
|Picture Mode||Dynamic/Normal/Cinema/True Cinema/Game|
|Moving Picture Resolution||300 lines|
|Dolby Digital/dts||Dolby Digital Plus/dts Digital Out|
|Speakers||2 x 5 watt 1-Way Bottom Speakers|
|Virtual Surround||V-Audio Surround|
|VIERA Image Viewer||available (AVCHD/SD-VIDEO/Motion JPEG [Lumix]/MP4 [Xacti]/JPEG/MP3/AAC playback)|
|CI (Common Interface)||available|
|Composite Video Input||AV2: RCA phono type x 1 (rear)|
|Component Video Input||RCA phono type x 1 set (rear)|
|HDMI Input/ Support Feature||2 (rear)/ Audio Return Channel (Input 2)|
|Analogue Audio Out||RCA phono type x 1 set (rear)|
|21-Pin Input/Output||AV1: AV In/Out, RGB In, Q-Link (rear)|
|PC Input||Mini D-sub 15-pin x 1 (rear)|
|Audio Input (HDMI, PC, Composite, Component)||RCA phono type x 1 set (rear)|
|Headphone Jack||1, side|
|Digital Audio Output (Optical)||1, rear|
|EPG for DVB-T||Gemstar EPG: UK, Italy, Germany, Spain|
|VIERA Link||available (HDAVI Control 5)|
|EPG (Now and Next)||available|
|Power Supply||AC 220 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz|
|Rated Power Consumption||46 W|
|Energy Efficiency Class||B|
|Standby Power Consumption||0.30 W|
|External dimensions (W x H x D) (w/o stand)||595 x 380 x 60 mm (Panel depth: 45 mm)|
|External dimensions (W x H x D) (with stand)||595 x 415 x 187 mm|
|Visible Screen Size (diagonal)||61 cm/24 inches|
|Annual Energy Consumption****||51 kWh|
|On mode Average Power Consumption***||36.8 W|
|Total Weight (w/o stand)||5.5 kg|
|Off mode Power Consumption||0.27 W|
|Maximum Display Resolution||1,920 (W) x 1,080 (H)|
|Weight (with stand)||6.0 kg|