Panasonic Viera V20 (TX-L37V20B) review: Panasonic Viera V20 (TX-L37V20B)

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding

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3.5 stars 3 user reviews
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The Good Packs both Freeview HD and freesat HD tuners; gorgeous standard- and hi-def pictures; impressive range of Internet features; good sound quality.

The Bad Expensive; iPlayer only available if you use the freesat tuner; very slight haloing visible in dark scenes.

The Bottom Line The 37-inch Panasonic Viera TX-L37V20B LCD TV with LED edge lights is expensive, but it offers a great range of features and delivers gorgeous pictures.

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With its twin Freeview HD and freesat HD tuners, LED edge lights and support for a plethora of online services, as well as digital media streaming, it's unsurprising that the Panasonic Viera TX-L37V20B is priced towards the higher-end of the TV market. But does this 37-inch, 1080p LCD TV's premium £1,050 price tag also buy you first-class performance?

Handsome devil

Some of Panasonic's recent LCD TVs have looked so plain that they've flirted with downright ugliness, but no such complaints can be levelled at the TX-L37V20B. It really is a handsome display. It's slim, measuring a mere 77mm deep, and this, combined with the silver finish on the chassis and stand, gives the set a very sophisticated appearance.

Take a peek around the back and you'll find it also covers off pretty much all the connectivity bases. Like many of Panasonic's current TVs, the TX-L37V20B has a satellite input for its freesat HD tuner, as well as an RF input for its Freeview HD one, so you should be able to pick up high-definition broadcasts no matter where you live.

There are three rear-mounted HDMI ports, as well as a side-mounted one, for easy access if you decide to mount the TV on a wall. You also get two Scart sockets, a VGA port, a set of component sockets and an optical audio out for feeding audio from the internal tuners to a surround-sound set-up. Finally, the set has two USB ports (one of which you can use for the supplied Wi-Fi adaptor), an SD card slot and an Ethernet port.

Get on t'Internet

Connect the TV up to your broadband router via either the Ethernet port or Wi-Fi adaptor and you can make use of the Viera Cast Internet services. These include access to YouTube, Picasa, Skype (if you connect a webcam to a USB port) and the Acetrax movie-rental service, among others. It'll also stream DivX and Xvid files from a PC, although, sadly, the popular MKV format isn't supported.

You'll be able to access iPlayer, but only if you've got a satellite feed. Weird.

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Panasonic Viera V20 (TX-L37V20B)

Part Number: CNETPanasonic Viera V20 (TX-L37V20B)

Typical Price: £1,050.00

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