The TX-L26X10’s pictures aren’t completely immune to its relatively ‘entry-level’ status in Panasonic’s range, though. As I suggested earlier, while black levels are good by 26in standards, they’re only ‘solid’ compared with the lovely deep, rich blackness now being achieved by numerous larger LCD screens.
If viewed from an angle, this set’s pictures lose contrast and colour more readily than those of Panasonic’s larger, higher-spec screens, too, and I occasionally spotted signs of shimmering interference over patches of fine detail.
Finally, pictures just don’t look quite as dynamic and three-dimensional as those you might find on a TV with more video processing at its disposal. But really, some of these complaints are a bit unfair. After all, there ultimately isn’t much point making too many comparisons with TVs of a bigger size when people looking at buying a Panasonic TX-L26X10 will probably have already zoomed in on 26in as the size of TV they’re after.
After struggling to find fair negatives to talk about with the TX-L26X10’s pictures, I’m pleased to say that it’s a more than credible audio performer, too. Its diminutive and, if truth be told, slightly plasticky bodywork doesn’t look capable of ‘shifting much air’, as hi-fi folk like to put it. But in fact the set produces a strikingly expansive mid-range that allows the TV to kick up a gear when required by a healthy action scene, while also portraying plenty of treble detail without it ever becoming seriously harsh. It even has a stab at delivering a bit of low-end audio information, though this can distort a fraction when the going gets tough.
If we could judge the Panasonic Viera TX-L26X10 on performance alone, it would be nudging pretty close to bagging a TrustedReviews Recommended award. Its pictures are certainly among the very best we’ve seen from a 26in TV.
But in tallying up the TV’s final marks we just couldn’t ignore the fact that at £499, the TX-L26X10 really isn’t particularly cheap considering that it’s pretty much Panasonic’s entry-level 26in TV. By comparison, the Toshiba 26AV505DB we mentioned in the review, while undoubtedly inferior, can be had for under £300. And even Panasonic’s own new entry-level 37in plasma TV, the TX-P37X10, only costs around £60 or so more if you know where to look. But still, if 26in is the size for you, and you’re willing to pay a bit more for a genuinely premium performance, then the Panasonic Viera TX-L26X10 should fit the bill nicely.