Panasonic TX-P37X20 review

Affordable HD ready plasma with excellent all-round performance

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The TX-P37X20 has a resolution of 1,024 x 720 pixels. Its sibling screens (the TX-P42X20 and TX-P50X20) are 1,024 x 768-pixel models. This makes them HD ready, rather than Full HD, though the extent to which this represents a sacrifices entirely depends on the type of video sources you tend to use.

If Blu-ray isn't high on your agenda, you won't suffer a significant visual penalty. Perceivable differences between a 1080p and 720p image are often governed more by screen size and viewing distance than raw resolution.

It is arguable, even, that a 720p screen is an advantage on a screen of this size as it uses larger pixels than a 1080p model and is consequently significantly brighter. For plasma viewers this is a real plus, as it enables the TV to perform well in rooms with high ambient brightness.

All the X20 models offer 100Hz Double Scanning. In the ever escalating war of numerical specification claims, 100Hz is pretty old hat, but it's certainly good enough to remove traces of image flicker commonly associated with 50Hz displays.

The remote control is a standard Panasonic design with directional arrows and a central OK confirmation button. It's easy enough to master. AV inputs are toggled through with the Input TV/AV button at the top of the remote.

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Rear-side connections include just two HDMI inputs, component video, a pair of Scarts and phono stereo and optical digital audio outputs. Additional side inputs include a CI (Conditional Access) slot, a third HDMI input and a set of AV phonos. There's also a mains power switch.

The side is also where you'll find an SD card reader with Viera media player software; this makes playback of digital still images and AVCHD movies a snap. Browsing pictures is made easy through thumbnails, and you can even enhance your slideshows with background music and assorted transitional effects (Fade, Slide, Dissolve etc) Motion.

Video file playback support covers AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, MPEG2 and H.264/AVC formats. The Media Player interface is really rather nice. It's a shame Panasonic couldn't stretch to the inclusion of a USB input on this set, for additional multimedia playback support.

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The TV also supports CEC control over HDMI as standard. CEC is the (almost) generic function that enables a single remote to control multiple devices linked by HDMI. Panasonic calls its version of the system Viera Link.

On the TX-P37X20 it's been embellished with compatibility for the brand's Lumix digital cameras. Simply connect your shooter via HDMI and you're granted remote control over all images stored on the camera.

Perhaps the most significant feature omission here is a Freeview HD tuner. For many shortlisters, this alone will rule the screen out of contention. It's certainly a shame, given the HD performance of the panel itself. Of course, the lack of Freeview HD is less significant if you already subscribe to Sky+HD or Virgin media pay-per-view (PPV) services.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerNTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22 kg
Operating Power Consumption190 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
USB RecordingYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height596 mm
Width929 mm
Depth94 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Media Player, Teletext
Product ModelTX-P37X20
Product NameViera TX-P37X20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP37X20B
Manufacturer Website Address
Weight (Approximate)20 kg