Panasonic TX-P37X20 review

Affordable HD ready plasma with excellent all-round performance

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Little about using this stripped down set is likely to cause consternation. The interface is Panasonic's usual, box-like affair, with nested functions and it's easy enough to use. There is also the horizontal Viera Tools bar, which enables a more graphical navigation. Options here include a Pause Live TV button, Photo and Video modes (for playing back content from an SD card and Viera Link control.

During the setup procedure you have the option to set an owner ID. This comprises your name, house number and postcode, protected by a PIN number. It may prove useful should you ever need to recover the set if it goes astray.

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Tuning channels is fast and straightforward. Once tuned, preferred channels can be added to a Favourites List for quick access; alternatively, you can hide unwanted stations. Given the amount of shopping channel dross on Freeview this is no bad thing. All hidden channels can be recalled from banishment via a simple Reveal/Hide key press.

If you do take a bunch of channels off the EPG grid, make sure the rest of the family know what you've removed from sight, else it could lead to a lot of confusion. Helpfully, you can rename your AV inputs to better reflect the way you use your system, perhaps adding brand names to specific HDMI inputs (eg Sky box). This should make the set easier for everyone to use.

Panasonic's seven day programme guide, supplied by GuidePlus, will never win prizes for its design. The vertical ad slot (revenues from which apparently do not go to Panasonic, but to GuidePlus' owners, Gemstar) restricts the amount of screen space available for programme listings.

That said, the Display Information banner pulled up over broadcast TV is neatly done. It relays channel number and station name, the programme's start and finish times and relays a little fuel gauge graphic which confirms how much of the show is left to go.

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The TV itself offers a variety of aspect ratios (a trio of zooms, 4:3, 14:9 and 16:9). There's an Overscan defeat for the Auto and 16:9 modes that enables you to prevent any of the picture information from being lost behind the bezel.There is also an Off Timer, should you have need of such a thing.

One aspect of the set that could be easily overlooked is its Radio Mode, which turns off the picture display automatically when a radio channel is selected. This is a boon for anyone who likes to use their Sky and Freeview boxes to listen to radio stations.

Not only does this mode reduce power consumption, it also prevents any unwanted image retention from static logos. The screen is only in a sleep mode, and pops back to life when any button is pressed on the remote.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerNTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22 kg
Operating Power Consumption190 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
USB RecordingYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height596 mm
Width929 mm
Depth94 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Media Player, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P37X20
Product NameViera TX-P37X20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP37X20B
Manufacturer Website Address
Weight (Approximate)20 kg