24" 1080p LED HDTV
by Jack Burden, Senior Reviewer
Picture quality in Panasonic LCD and LED televisions is improved in 2012. The TC-L24X5 doesn't have many of the picture features form higher end models but black level, contrast and color is all improved over older Panasonic models.
The 32" model in the X5 line is 720p but this 24" model is 1080p, this makes it a good choice to use as TV/Computer Monitor. 720p is too low resolution for using as a monitor but the 1920x1080 resolution of this model means text and images will be clear when used for that purpose.
The X5 has a game mode that bypasses the picture processing to cut out input delay when playing games on the TV. Input delay is when a gamer presses a button or stick on the gamepad and because the image is fed through the the television's processor the action appears on the TV screen with a noticeable delay. This game have a damaging effect on gameplay so gamers need a TV with a bypass mode like this.
Side Angle Viewing
One area where LCD and LED televisions suffer is in viewing the TV from angles not directly in front of the television. The X5 sees the contrast begin to degrade at about 25 degrees off center.
The X5 retains the look of last year's Panasonic LCD televisions with a fairly wide, glosst black bezel with some metal and acryllic accents. It is not a head turner but it isn't a bad looking TV either.
|Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack|