The L19X10BW rises rather higher above its rivals, though, with its AV performance – a pleasant surprise, as it happens, given that Panasonic’s larger LCDs we’ve seen this year haven’t totally blown us away.
The picture’s bright and colourful characteristics immediately catch your eye, making the L19X10BW unusually well qualified as a TV for a bright environment, like a sun lounge/conservatory or kitchen.
The colours aren’t so aggressive that they look unnatural, though. In fact, the naturalism of tones, especially where skin is concerned, is arguably the single factor that most separates Panasonic’s 19 incher from other sub-£300 screens.
Strong, credible colours generally co-habit with credible black levels, and so it proves on the L19X10BW. In fact, they’re more than credible, with the dark scenes of ”Sweeney Todd” on Blu-ray benefitting from less greyness while retaining more shadow detail than is common with the small screen market.
The same Blu-ray shows, too, that the L19X10BW has the inherent sharpness to delineate the difference between standard and high definition material. I guess this isn’t a particularly important feature on such a small screen, but it helps establish the L19X10BW’s picture quality credentials. And anyway, even if a 19in screen might not often find much use for HD video, I can certainly imagine it pumping out PS3 and Xbox 360 games – something which my own testing proved it does very nicely indeed.
The only significant weakness of the L19X10BW’s pictures, in fact, is its susceptibility to LCD’s motion blur problem. Sportsman lose resolution as they belt across the screen, and even small movements, such as changes in facial angles during close-up shots, can suffer smearing.
However, it’s important to stress that these motion problems don’t actually trouble pictures as badly as is common with small TVs, and only really captured my attention because of the high quality of the rest of the image.
The L19X10BW outguns most small rivals with its audio, too. For even though I struggled to actually spot where the TV’s speakers might be hiding, they manage to produce a loud, dynamic and detailed soundstage by small-screen standards. This makes the L19X10BW more able than most portables to fill even quite a large room with sound.
While the L19X10BW might lack the high-spec headline appeal of Panasonic’s big Freesat TVs or ultra-slim, wireless HD Z1 models, it’s actually a very pleasant TV indeed. As such, anyone in search of a little bundle of AV joy for a conservatory, study, kitchen, or kid’s bedroom ignores it at their peril.
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