In most other ways that matter, the L26X20’s pictures are reasonably good. Dark scenes, for instance, reveal a good stab at producing a black colour, with relatively low-level grey clouding for such an affordable 26in screen. It’s a relief to note, too, that what greyness there is appears to be fairly uniform, with no distracting backlight inconsistencies (though this situation changes if you have to watch from much of an angle).
Colours are fair to middling meanwhile, with decently natural tones and engaging if hardly explosive levels of vibrancy. And we didn’t find our gaming skills obviously negatively affected by serious amounts of image lag – particularly when using the provided Game mode.
Switching from HD to standard definition sources, the L26X20’s upscaling processing is quite good for the set’s price level. It doesn’t add much of a sense of extra sharpness, but nor do pictures look markedly softer and/or noisier.
You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re not exactly raving about the L26X20’s pictures; it’s all ‘quite nice’ this and ‘pretty good’ that, with nothing truly outstanding happening at any point. And conveniently, the set’s audio fits handily into this descriptive bracket too, sounding reasonably clean and rounded, but a little bass-light and compressed when pushed hard.
Overall, the L26X20 fits perfectly into what seems to be a Panasonic trend right now, where the brand does some outstanding work from the mid level of its ranges upwards, but struggles to really stand out from the crowd when forced to work within very tight financial constraints.