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Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
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  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV
  • Viera TX-P42X10 107 cm 42" Plasma TV (16:9 - 1024 x 768 - 1080p - Surround)


Our Score:


It's easy to get caught up in the Full HD hysteria and write off any HD Ready TV, but that would be a mistake. As I've often said, there's a hell of a lot more to a good HDTV than resolution. I'm not saying that having a Full HD pixel count isn't a compelling proposition for anyone looking to get the absolute best results from high definition sources like Blu-ray, but that doesn't mean that an HD Ready set isn't a worthy consideration for many consumers.

And that seems to be what Panasonic thinks, too, with its latest range of entry-level plasma TVs going down the HD Ready, rather than Full HD route. This particular range is available in three sizes - 37in, 42in and 50in - and it's the 42in TX-P42X10 that I'll be looking at today.

Even though Panasonic has been producing Full HD 42in TVs for some time, reducing the size of plasma chambers to that kind of level doesn't come cheap. Add to this the argument that the benefits of Full HD are more obviously realised on larger screen sizes, and it's clear that there's still scope for HD Ready plasma TVs. All that said, in these times of near ubiquitous Full HD resolutions in the LCD arena, an HD Ready plasma, even one as affordable as this one, has to be very good.

Does the TX-P42X10 measure up to the challenge? To a large extent it does, but there's no getting away from the fact that this TV has been built to a price. However, considering that you can already find the TX-P42X10 online for as little as £622 including VAT, you're getting quite a lot for that price.

Aesthetically, this isn't the best looking TV out there, or even the best looking set that Panasonic has made. That's not to say that it's ugly, but the somewhat common glossy black bezel and stand do little to differentiate the TX-P42X10 from the rest of the flat screen crowd. This TV sports an oval shaped base, rather than the square one seen on other Panasonic models, and for some reason I think that it spoils the overall look. Obviously that's completely subjective, and you may find that you like it.

The glossy bezel is pretty spartan apart from the centrally mounted Panasonic logo below the screen and a very subtle Viera tag at the top left. There's also a discrete and slim hardware power switch just below the logo, for anyone who's decided that leaving AV equipment on standby is destroying the planet, while still choosing to travel by air for their holiday! The other controls are mounted on the right hand edge of the TV, but it's unlikely that you'll ever touch these unless the remote control disappears down the back of the sofa.


March 29, 2009, 4:31 pm

I'm still surprised that Panasonic don't build Wii sensor bars into their bezels, considering their past collaborations with Nintendo.

Martin 6

March 30, 2009, 1:45 pm

While I agree that it's easy to get caught up in the Full HD hysteria and write off any HD Ready TV.

I have a PS3 so I want full 1080P goodness for my Blu-Ray Disks.

Would it be to much to ask for an addition to the refine search for TV's Bar to have a 1080p drop down box

prag fest

March 31, 2009, 3:09 am

Cant help but feel Panasonic are getting left behind a bit, it's been a long time since they produced anything with any particular lust value. On that subject, do you have any reviews of the new Samsung line up on the cards?


March 31, 2009, 3:36 am

@prag fest - TR have just done a review of a 40" set from the new Samsung range (LE40B651). It got a pretty good score too:


prag fest

March 31, 2009, 4:35 pm


Cheers mate, I caught that one. Being more specific, I have my eye on the new 750 and 7000 range, they have caught my fancy.

Toby Jugg

April 29, 2009, 9:55 pm

I have just got one of these after a 42px80b so can compare the two directly. My Girlfriend has a 37px8ba.

The x10 appears to be a small downward step for anyone who is mainly viewing SD. All the none-hdmi inputs except the pc D giving inferior overall viewing quality to the px80. A picture via the tuner (even an external cable box signal) is significantly inferior.

Although the blacks do seem deeper and very dark films like predator2 give superb quality dark scenes, the brightness appears to have suffered in direct relation. The panasonics really cannot take a lowering of the prior brightness levels (which aren't what anyone could call bright) without detriment to many common viewing scenes.

It would seem like the px80 models (if you can still get them) are still the best budget panasonic option for SD viewers.

Having said that, the x10 is still head and shoulders above anything else in their price range. (𧼤 from the local branch of a nationwide store)

For pc D input gaming, and presumably via HDMI from a PC with dvi output, the response level is great, leaving LCD's for dead.

HD input displays with a quality that leaves many 'full hd' panels to shame, although lack brightness (when you fancy it)is still noticable.

It seems strange that a plasma which is sold as none-hd should be so good at hd, and have let slip (although still very good) on the SD front.


May 23, 2010, 6:49 pm

I'm very grateful for your attention to SD display, Toby. The PX80 is scarce these days and when you do see it it's more expensive than the newer bottom-end Panny plasmas - now I know why!

I would like to put in a plea for Freeview SD viewers with legacy add-ons to cater for: would reviewers please not ignore us? OK, boast about how many HDMI sockets, but include SCART RGB/non-RGB, S-video, etc, and SD upscaled display quality in detail.

Thanks for listening (if you even see this!) ;)

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