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Panasonic TX-P37X20 review

Affordable HD ready plasma with excellent all-round performance

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.

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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P37X20
Product NameViera TX-P37X20 Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP37X20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20 kg