Plasma may still be losing the PR battle against its LCD rival, but it continues to help Panasonic turn out great TVs. This is especially true with the outstandingly good value P42G20, which somehow manages to combine twin Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, online capabilities, lots of picture flexibility and outstanding picture quality with a remarkably affordable price. Gamers will love it too, thanks to its immensely fast response time.
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It’s arguably not been a vintage year by Samsung standards, with its 3D sets failing to set the pace. But this mid-range model is right up there with the brand’s finest moments, boasting a huge feature list - including a superb online service - and one of the best CCFL picture performances. It’s elegantly designed too. But what really elevates it into our top three is its price; we’ve found it going for under £650 on numerous websites, which really is peanuts for what’s on offer.
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This was the first Freeview HD TV we ever tested - and it’s a testament to what a great TV it is that it’s still comfortably made our top three despite the arrival of so many other Freeview HD equipped TVs since. Helping it continue to stand out from the crowd are its really excellent pictures, newly aggressive pricing, and class-leading online platform.
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