Panasonic TX-P50GT60 review

Perfect plasma's sweet spot is a triumph of trickle-down tech

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With a loveable, smart TV user interface and truly awesome hi-def images stamped with plasma richness, has Panasonic produced the ultimate 50-inch all-rounder?

We liked

Where to start? Black levels, HD detail – retained during fast-moving sequences – colour, contrast, SD upscaling, My Home Screen, built-in speakers, the Remote2 app, digital file support… There's so much to like.

We disliked

It's plumper than most TVs these days, and has a wider bezel, too. Three HDMI slots is definitely one short of what we'd expect, and they're all situated on the side-panel. We noticed some flicker during 3D, as well as the over-cooked THX Bright Room mode, while more video on-demand and catch-up TV apps are required for Brits.

Final verdict

One of the best value, and best quality, ways to create a big-screen home cinema in one swoop, the TX-P50GT60 impresses with HD and 3D, and upscales low-bitrate sources exceptionally well. My Home Screen is likeable and just a Lovefilm app away from impressing us totally. Sure, this plasma is a tad fatter than a same-price edge LED TV and its bezel is a little wider, but beyond such shallow consideration, the TX-P50GT60's images have that rare distinction of being glorious with almost everything.

If plasmas disappear amid shrinking sales – and we sure hope they don't – be sure not to shun the TX-P50GT60 in favour of an LED TV. Snap it up – and savor it.

Also consider

It's worth tracking down Panasonic's step-down ST60 Series of plasmas, which includes the 50-inch TX-P50ST60. Elsewhere, there are a good few much cheaper 50-inch plasmas from the likes of LG and Samsung that are great value despite not featuring Full HD resolution. The key thing to remember is that even a HD-ready plasma TV likely contains more detail in a moving picture than a Full HD LED screen, which is still susceptible to motion blur and resolution loss. The closest we have to plasma perfection outside of the Panasonic stable is Samsung's 64-inch PS64F8500.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyViera GT60
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)26 kg
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand750 mm
Width with Stand1170 mm
Depth with Stand308 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1500
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height697 mm
Width1170 mm
Depth49 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesGT60
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Media Player, PC Streaming, Picture and Text (PAT), Hotel Mode, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P50GT60
Product NameViera TX-P50GT60 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTX-P50GT60E
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P50GT60 Plasma TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
Weight (Approximate)22.50 kg