Panasonic tx-p37x20

Despite its distinctly unglamorous demeanour and sparse feature set, the TX-P37X20 is a screen that rewards cautious investors. It offers a picture quality that's very easy to live with and comes with few caveats outside of the HD ready nature of the panel itself.

To get the best from the model, partner it with a hi-def capable set-top box, with an output matched to 720p. The speed and smoothness of the TX-P37X20, meanwhile, is ideally suited to fast moving action games.

We liked

The set's fine motion resolution performance and super-smooth panning, not to mention its great dynamics; the brightness of the 720p panel and its well considered usability also impress.

We disliked

The lack of any network function and the absence of a USB port for local media playback; the lack of a Freeview HD tuner also dents its appeal.

Verdict

If you are in the market for a low cost, high-performing plasma this sub 40-incher is certainly worth an audition. It may lack cutting edge niceties, but it's well mannered and undeniably able. Panasonic may have stripped its plasma proposition back to basics but it hasn't lost sight of what gives the technology an edge. We rate this as a bargain value buy.