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Panasonic TX-P42ST60 review

There's life in the old plasma TV yet

Panasonic's My Home Screen interface provides an inspired way for even the most technophobic of users to find their way around the array of content sources it places at your disposal.

The preset hubs are presented cleanly and thought through logically, but where the system really comes into its own is with the way it allows you to set up your own smart hubs. These are remarkably easy to build, and essentially allow you and other members of your family to create individual, personalised smart hubs containing links to only the apps and video services that each individual uses most.

Panasonic TX P42ST60
Simple looks but plenty of complexity underneath

This is a great way of streamlining your way to content, and it's backed up by a really straightforward and comprehensive initial installation system.

Panasonic also deserves praise for its Viera Remote app for Android and iOS devices, since as well as providing a neat alternative control system this adds some genuinely useful functionality, such as the streaming of video from the TV to your smart device.

While the P42ST60 handles smart content exceptionally well, it's not quite as effective with its picture and audio set-up menus. These are a bit bland and long-winded. Though on the upside, of course, aside from setting up separate day and night modes to adapt pictures to the different brightness levels of your living room, you won't often have to revisit these menus following your first installation.

Sound quality

While the P42ST60 might not be especially pretty, its large bulk by modern TV standards does help it produce an above average audio performance. There's a decent amount of bass to underpin the mix, and the mid-range is quite broad, leaving plenty of room for the soundstage to expand when required by action scenes. The only weakness is that trebles sound muted relative to the bass end of the spectrum, leaving sound mixes a little short of detail.

Value

You can, of course, get plenty of 40-42-inch TVs for considerably less than £740 these days. What you can't readily find for that sort of money, though, is picture quality as natural, rich and above all cinematic as that delivered by the P42ST60.

In fact, the set essentially offers you what would by most TV standards be premium picture quality at a mid-range price.

Should you think about spending more to get to Panasonic's P42GT60? If you can afford it then we'd say yes – especially if you're a 3D fan. If £750 really is your maximum, however, then the P42ST60 is very hard to resist.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
TouchscreenYes
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera ST60
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20 kg
Operating Power Consumption290 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand650 mm
Width with Stand994 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1000
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year184 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height596 mm
Width994 mm
Depth49 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesST60
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Media Player, PC Streaming, Picture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P42ST60
Product NameViera TX-P42ST60 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P42ST60E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P42ST60 Plasma TV
  • Touch Pen
  • 1 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17 kg