Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10 42in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P42X10

By Riyad Emeran



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Firing up the Blu-ray of Taken, with its dark settings and gritty action set pieces, showed that the TX-P42X10 can handle itself admirably with high quality, high definition source material. There may not be quite the same level of clarity and detail that you'd get with a similarly priced Full HD LCD panel, but I'd take better black level response over pixel for pixel mapping any day.

Standard definition fare via the in-built Freeview tuner was surprisingly good. Of course here the HD Ready nature of this TV is a help rather than a hindrance, since the source image is not being scaled as dramatically as it would be on a 1080p screen. However, I did notice some of those slightly suspect colour tones that John mentioned while enjoying the fruits of Freeview. Skin tones suffer the most, with pretty much any actor or presenter looking like they've fallen asleep on a sun bed.

To be fair, most Freeview channels tend to be pretty ropey at best, and the TX-P42X10 seemed to reign in its colours somewhat when watching standard definition via DVD.

As with pretty much all flat screen TVs, the sound produced by the TX-P42X10 is adequate, but hardly breathtaking. Dialogue is well resolved at least, but just don't expect a cinematic experience from big action scenes. It's unlikely that anyone looking for a plasma bargain like this will be shelling out on a full surround sound system, but a half decent 3.1-channel setup would complement this set nicely.

With a street price of £622, the TX-P42X10 represents stunning value for money. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that this TV's big brother - the 50in Panasonic TX-P50X10 - is available for under £800, this would be the plasma bargain of the moment.


As far as picture quality, design and features go, the TX-P42X10 is not Panasonic's finest hour. However, when it comes to value for money, this set, like the TX-P50X10, beggars belief. It may not be Full HD, and it may not offer the last word in plasma picture quality, but if you're on a budget and want a screen that will do justice to your high definition sources, the TX-42X10 is well worth considering.


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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