Panasonic TX-P42S20B review

Freeview HD-packing plasma TV that hits the sweet spot

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The P42S20's remote control isn't perhaps quite as effortless and logical as some of Panasonic's past efforts - especially thanks to the way the Menu button has been relegated to a small spot at the very top left.

But the onscreen menu system is otherwise logical and easy to navigate, and most things about the remote control are actually perfectly fine.

There's room for improvement with the Freeview electronic programme guide, though. For the P42S20 doesn't squeeze as much channel information on screen at once as some rival EPGs do, as well as cluttering up the bottom third of the picture with a slightly bewildering set of not entirely necessary onscreen instructions.

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The EPG also doesn't manage to keep a small version of the TV picture you were watching when you pressed the Guide button.

To rub this latter point in, where a little screen might have gone, you instead get a large advertising box on the left hand side courtesy of the GuidePlus provider Panasonic draws on for its listing info.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera S20
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption275 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand704 mm
Width with Stand1029 mm
Depth with Stand334 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
Motion Interpolation TechnologyIntelligent Frame Creation Pro
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height661 mm
Width1029 mm
Depth93 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesS20
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Sleep Timer
Product ModelTX-P42S20B
Product NameViera TX-P42S20B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP42S20BA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The S20 Series includes a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favorite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK.

Weight (Approximate)23 kg