Panasonic Viera TX-P42S20 - Feature Table

John Archer

By John Archer



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  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 8


July 15, 2010, 1:54 pm

This does seem like a sweet deal. I think you guys need a new badge for bargain products like this that aren't top of the range but offer best value for money. Trusted Reviews "Best Value" or "Bargain Alert".


July 15, 2010, 2:59 pm

An other way to look at this, is this: It's a 42" 1080p plasma screen monitor for your PC which costs £1,400 less than the 24" DreamColour LCD from HP.

Anyone want to impress their clients?

evan fotis

July 15, 2010, 5:14 pm

plasmas are unfortunately not recommended for pc monitors 'cause they suffer from image retention which leads to burn in after repetitive use...

as for the "milky blacks" i'd appreciate a more concrete comment like it produces nits black level at 1xx brightness, using the checkerboard pattern, so we know what we're talking about 'cause the vast majority of ccfl lit lcd's reach nowhere near a plasma on that and the viewing angle aspect.


July 16, 2010, 5:06 pm

@ evan

Agreed - but as a secondary monitor to demonstrate media, such as motion graphics, CAD or to colaborate on editing, surely it must be a consideration?

evan fotis

July 16, 2010, 6:45 pm

it sure is considering price/performane!

btw my 42U10 is way more impressive than any lcd display when showing video and mograph to clients. best display for 500 euros....(but not recommended as a monitor with the GUI loaded for hours.)

In your post you compared the big plasma to 2480 dreamcolor, a totally different kind of monitor.

If you want an accurate wide-gamut PC display then the Nec PA 241W is an excellent choice.

If you are looking for a sleek narrow bezel (1.5cm) digital signage display, made for staying on long hours and even pivoting, look for the PHILIPS 42BDL4251V or the pricier Nec P401 with PVA panel.

Double the price of the Panny, but more pro looking with the slim bezel, and versatile for moving around, rotating etc.

Still the Plasma will have a much punchier picture, faster responce for video, deeper blacks and viewing angles (very important for collaborative work, so everybody around IS able to see, and sees the same thing)


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