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Panasonic TX-P42G20 / TX-P42G20B review

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tx p42g20 remote control

There's no denying that the P42G20's sound is nowhere near as accomplished as its pictures. It's just average, no more, no less, with a slightly compressed mid range and lack of bass - both familiar flat TV complaints - being its biggest shortcomings.

Value

If you're a fan of films, then you should be seriously chuffed to find Panasonic bringing in so much film-friendly technology on such an affordable TV. Seriously, it feels like there's stuff going on here that would previously only have been found on Panasonic's megabucks professional plasma screens. Let's not forget, either, those unique twin HD tuners.

Ease of use

Panasonic's TV remote controls have long been paragons of simplicity and ergonomics, and for the most part, this hasn't changed with the P42G20 - despite its remote now having to accommodate far more multimedia functionality than used to be the case. Our only significant moan is that the main menu button has perhaps become a little too tucked away for comfort.

The P42G20's GUI, meanwhile, now looks a little dated compared with what the likes of Sony, Samsung and especially LG are doing. But it's deceptively simple for the most part, except for one or two slightly illogical sub-menu allocations.

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
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand693 mm
Width with Stand1029 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P42G20
Product NameViera TX-P42G20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42G20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20.50 kg