Panasonic TX-P42G20 / TX-P42G20B review

Panasonic reinvents its NeoPDP wheel to storming effect

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  • Outstanding, movie-friendly picture quality
  • Plenty of features
  • ISF certified
  • Good value


  • Drab design, USB HDD support too limited

Panasonic gave its plasma TV range a timely boost last year with the introduction of new brightness-boosting, energy-saving, colour-enhancing NeoPDP technology.

A technology considered good enough, in fact, to port over to 2010, where it features in Panasonic's new S20 plasma series.

However, Panasonic isn't one to rest on its laurels. Indeed, to do so would be suicidal given the advances being made with LCD/LED technology by some of its rivals.

So given the critical and commercial success its NeoPDP screens achieved, it's no great surprise to find Panasonic revamping the technology for its higher-level 2010 screen ranges.

What is rather surprising, though, is just how much effort Panasonic seems to have invested into kicking NeoPDP up a gear.

Stable mates

At the bottom of Panasonic's plasma range can be found the X20 series, comprising the 37-inch TX-P37X20, the 42-inch TX-P42X20, and the 50-inch TX-P50X20.

Next up is the S20 series, which introduces NeoPDP technology - albeit last year's version. This comes in 42-inch, 46-inch and 50-inch sizes (the TX-P42S20, TX-P46S20 and TX-P50S20 respectively).

Then you get to the G20 series, with the 42-inch model we've just reviewed being joined by the 46-inch TX-P46G20, and 50-inch TX-P50G20.

At the top of the plasma pile, meanwhile, is the VT20 series, with 3D capability and Panasonic's new Infinite Black Pro technology.

There are 50-inch and 65-inch models available: the TX-P50VT20 and TX-P65VT20 respectively.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)23.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption280 W
Standby Power Consumption390 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand693 mm
Width with Stand1029 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
USB RecordingYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height654 mm
Width1029 mm
Depth82 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Web Content Access, Teletext, Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock
Product ModelTX-P42G20
Product NameViera TX-P42G20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42G20B
Manufacturer Website Address
Weight (Approximate)20.50 kg