Televisions are the bread and butter of the Consumer Electronics Show, but we're past the point where another superthin flat panel impresses. Rather than overhyped specs (such as 240Hz refresh rate and unrealistically high contrast ratios), we largely focused on basic TVs that were potentially delivering an amazing bang for the buck. LG's PS80 plasmas
boasted both THX certification and built-in Netflix streaming at a good price, and Vizio smashed pricing expectations with its VF551XVT
, a 55-inch LED-backlit LCD TV that it promised--and delivered
--by year's end for under $2,200. But we opted for the Panasonic G10 series of plasma TVs
, which raised the bar yet again, aiming for Kuro-like performance at sub-$2,000 prices.
The verdict, one year later:
When Senior Editor David Katzmaier reviewed the Panasonic TC-P50G10
in April, he was enthusiastic: "With excellent picture quality marred by only a couple of flaws, the Panasonic TC-PG10 series sits near the head of the class of 2009." This product was also the most popular TV
(as determined by user pageviews) on CNET this year. Step up to its big brother, the V10 series
, if you want some extra bells and whistles, and picture quality that's arguably a bit better.