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Panasonic Viera TX-P58V10 58in Plasma TV
I've already seen a large number of TVs from Panasonic's current, expansive range, some great, some good, some average, some innovative, some straightforward - really, it's been quite a roller-coaster ride. But to some extent the P58V10 is the most exciting Panasonic model yet. Why? Mostly because it's absolutely massive!
As its name suggests, the P58V10's screen weighs in at a mighty 58in. And as I've noted in reviews of really large screens before, it's quite strange just how much extra impact that extra eight inches delivers over a 50in screen. It's kind of like the difference between a screen many households could cope with in a living room, and a screen so big most people would probably only put into a dedicated movie room.
The P58V10's enormity doesn't end with the sheer acreage of its screen, either. For its bezel is strikingly large, sticking out around a couple of inches beyond each edge of the picture. And the rather bland, gloss-free, black rectangular nature of the bezel doesn't exactly make the screen any less impactful on your room.
But hell. If you're seriously considering buying a TV that's 58in across, I'm guessing that preserving the decorative integrity of your room isn't the main thing on your mind, right?!
Of considerably greater importance to your needs is likely to be the P58V10's connections. And here the set does very well, if not quite excellently. For your HD/digital video sources, for instance, you get four HDMIs - enough for a PS3, Xbox Elite, Sky HD box and maybe a separate high-end Blu-ray player, but one less than we're now finding on the top-end screens from Samsung and Philips.
Also catching our eye on the connections front is an SD card slot that can parse JPEG, AVCHD and DivX files, plus a rather important Ethernet port. This latter jack has not one but two purposes. First, it should provide a portal to the BBC's iPlayer service (should good old Aunty Beeb ever actually get the system up and running on the Freesat platform), and second, it lets you explore Panasonic's VieraCast online service.
This carefully ring-fenced corner of the Internet is rather limited in scope at the moment, containing only YouTube, Eurosport and Picasa sites, formatted so that they're easier to navigate using the TV's remote control rather than a mouse and keyboard.
But as with all current online TV platforms, there's always the potential for further content providers to be added further down the line.