The TX-32LS490 is a 32 inch Full HD TV from Panasonic. It was launched in 2022. It features a True 8-bit IPS panel.
It can display a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz with a pixel density of 70 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the very next spec of a display that defines picture quality is Color Gamut.
This TV doesn't provide a color gamut specification, so we have to make an assumption based on its panel type.
This unit comes with an IPS panel and these panels are known to produce great colors by default. By this, we can assume that the sRGB coverage (equivalent) on this TV to be 70% or above. For content consumption and gaming purposes, you may not need any better than this anyway. So its good enough.
What Color Gamut means ?
Color gamut spec of a display is the measurement of the range of colors that it can show.
A display with poor color accuracy will produce undersaturated colors that will spoil the immersion.
It is specified in different units - sRGB(most popular), NTSC, DCI P3 etc.
But you don't need to worry about that, below is a chart that you can use to choose a TV with good color accuracy.
After color gamut, the static contrast of a TV also impacts its picture quality.
What is Static Contrast ?
There are two types of contrast specifications for a TV. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio. Dynamic doesn't matter much.
Static contrast tells the intensity of black levels. That is, a TV with SC ratio < 1000:1 will produce black images something like this:
Apart from that, such TVs may suffer from backlight bleeds that will impact your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Also, a TV with high constrast ratio allows you to see more details. So, resolution and static contrast ratio go hand in hand in a sense.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
However, we were not able to find a static contrast ratio specification for this TV. Once again we have to make an assumption. In general, IPS panels come with a static contrast ratio between 700:1 - 1500:1. Considering its a mid-range Full HD TV, we can guess the ratio would be 1200:1 or above.
HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) are also supported on this TV.
Coming to brightness, it is can achieve a maximum luminance of 250 nits. The backlight used on the panel is Edge LED.
Now if you are planning to use the TV other than watching videos — say as a PC monitor or Gaming, make sure to take a TV with lowest input lag. For gaming however, both input lag and response time impacts the performance.
Sadly, Panasonic did not specify the input lag on this unit. Now, IPS panels in general are known for high input lags and response times. So, expect the input lag to be above 20ms. Though, there's no concern for playability of casual or Non-FPS games on it.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the latency at which device inputs changes the content of the screen. Though, this won't matter much if you aren't into competitive/FPS games like call of duty.
But ideally, get a TV that features an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The TV measures 32 inches vertically and 28.82 inches horizontally.
It is just 3 inches thick. Overall the TV weighs around 5.5 kgs including stand. Without stand, it weighs 4.5 KGs. So plan your space accordingly.
Speaking of ergonomics — a VESA mount with interface size of 75 x 75 mm is provided for wall-mounting. There is no Swivel, Tilt or Pivot feature support on this TV.
Hardware and Audio
For display connectivity, there are three HDMI 1.4 (ARC) ports, one D-sub port and one AV Composite In (Video + L/R) port on this TV.
To connect USB devices, you will have one USB 2.0 (max 0.5 A) port. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x Satellite In (Main — F-type female), 1x CI+ 1.4 and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Regarding wireless connectivity on this TV, you will have — Wi-Fi (2.5Ghz) and Bluetooth.
Speaking of speakers, Panasonic has provided 2 x 6W speakers on the TX-32LS490.
As for power consumption, on average, it consumes about 51.2 watts and on standby, it takes 0.5 watts.
For powering this unit, you will require an 220 V - 240 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz outlet.