Type : LED     Resolution : 720p     Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
The TCL L32D2900 is the cheapest 32 inch TV with 720p resolution. The TV has an average picture quality. There are no high-end features as found in expensive models. It also lacks the Smart features.
The L32D2900 has an average picture quality. The dark room performance is good because of the good contrast ratio and panel uniformity. The TV has so far the highest contrast ratio in the 32 inch segment. The colour uniformity is also decent. However, the colours of the TV are poor due do its low gamut coverage and this is the primary reason behind its sub-standard picture quality. The viewing angle is also bad, the entire picture looks washed out because of the further degradation in colours at an angle of 45 degrees.
Peak 2% Window : 257.0 cd/m2
Peak 100% Window : 255.4 cd/m2
The peak brightness performance is bad on this TV. It will be okay for a dark room but for a bright room it is not sufficient to fight glare of strong reflections from back during the day. Also the TV lacks the local dimming feature thus the brightness remains same no matter what is shown on the screen.
Max Colour Dev. (50% pattern) : 2.6
Avg Luminance Dev. (5% pattern) : 16.95%
The L32D2900 has average colour uniformity. There is some dirty screen effect visible in the middle of the TV screen. The TV is average for watching sports.
The panel uniformity is quite good. There is however a black spot visible in the middle of the screen in the test picture. This is however not much visible during the normal viewing.
White Balance dE : 12.83
Color dE : 8.08
Gamma : 2.00
Out of the box results are not good on the TV. Because of the excessive cooler colour temperature blue colour is inflated and this is clearly visible in the test picture. Due to this, both grayscale and colour de are quite off. Gamma is also quite below the target of 2.20.
White Balance dE : 9.43
Color dE : 7.16
Gamma : 2.01
There are no advance controls on the TV to adjust the picture quality. In the basic settings, colour temperature is turned warmer and this has pretty much improved the colours. Still the error in colours and white balance is fairly high and its impact is clearly visible on the picture.
Game mode : NA
Outside Game mode : 28.5 ms
There is no dedicated game mode present on the TV and input lag is good in the game mode. From this aspect, the TV is good for gamers. The input lag is good outside the game mode. From this aspect, the TV is good for gamers. There is no game mode on the TV.
USB : 2 Ports
RF Connection (Cable/Antenna) : 1 Port
Analog audio out RCA : 1 Port
HDMI : 2 Ports
VGA : 1 Port
SPDIF : 1 Port
Audio In : 1 Port
Component In : 1 Port
USB 2.0 : Yes
USB 3.0 : No
HDMI 1.4 : Yes
HDMI 2.0 : No
HDMI ARC : No
HDMI DVI : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
HDCP 1.4 : No
HDMI (CEC) : No
HDMI (MHL) : No
Analogue Audio Out RCA : Yes
Power Consumption (Max) : 20.53 W
Power Consumption (Standby) : 0.0 W
The readings are taken after calibration.
The TCL L32D2900 is a good inexpensive TV but it lags behind the VU D7545 in terms of the picture quality. The D7545 has better colours and viewing angle at the similar price.
Overall, the TV is decent for playing games because of the low input lag and less motion blur but it’s not good for watching movies or TV shows because of the mediocre colours.