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Panasonic TX-P42GT60B review

 Review: May 2013  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic Viera TX-P42GT60B is probably the ultimate 42 inch plasma TV, but it doesn't come cheap.

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The Panasonic Viera TX-P42GT60B is probably the ultimate 42 inch television. Sitting above Panasonic's ST60 plasma range, the GT60 offers the following improvements:

  • 3000Hz Focused Field Drive (instead of 2500 Hz)
  • THX mode
  • 24,576 gradation steps (instead of 12,288 shades)
  • 1080 Pure Direct / Super Clear Resolution
  • isf Mode
  • Hexa-Processing Engine
  • 2 pairs of 3D glasses (instead of one pair)
  • Smart Calibration
  • Display Mirroring
  • Bluetooth
  • Freesat HD

Whether it's worth paying extra for these features is another question. For instance, the difference between the already extremely fast 2,500Hz and the class-leading 3,000Hz response is negligible - it's already so far beyond anything that LCD technology is capable of delivering, that the difference is academic. Similarly, THX mode is a feature that is likely to be ignored by the majority of users.

The hexa processing engine (6 core processor) does make it faster to launch apps, and the lag time when gaming is perhaps reduced a little. Display mirroring of a compatible smartphone may be nice to have and the Freesat HD tuner may be relevant to some) although a Freesat set-top box will easily make up for that.

Taking all this into account, we prefer the Viera P42ST60 model, but both are truly outstanding televisions.


Panasonic TX-P42GT60B features include:

  • 42 inch plasma screen
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Infinite Black Pro
  • High Contrast Filter
  • THX mode (2D/3D)
  • 3000Hz Focused Field Drive
  • Hexa-Processing Engine
  • 3D Ready (Active Shutter Progressive 3D - 2 glasses included)
  • Game Mode
  • Freeview HD & Freesat HD
  • my Home Screen, voice guidance, touch pen
  • Audio: VR-Audio Pro Stage 2.1, front speakers (Side SPK) x 2, woofer (75 mm) x 1 with total power of 20 W (5 + 5 + 10)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, Bluetooth, HDMI x 3, USB x 3, SCART, SD card, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite in (AV) x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, CI, DLNA 1.5
  • Energy efficiency class: C
  • Typical power consumption: 137W
  • Size without stand (WxHxD): 994 x 596 x 49 mm
  • Size with stand (WxHxD): 994 x 649 x 273 mm

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