Panasonic TX-P42S20B review

Freeview HD-packing plasma TV that hits the sweet spot

Panasonic TX-P42520
This is Panasonic's first Freeview HD set, but make sure you can receive a signal before buying

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Panasonic tx-p42s20

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.

John Archer
AV Technology Contributor

John has been writing about home entertainment technology for more than two decades - an especially impressive feat considering he still claims to only be 35 years old (yeah, right). In that time he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly far too long sitting by himself in a dark room.