The TX-L26X10's colours are reasonably natural in tone and its black levels are deeper than those of the budget models that make up the majority of the 26-inch market. Finally, and most surprisingly, the TX-L26X10's sound is much more potent and well-rounded than that delivered by most 26-inch TV speaker systems.
The TX-L26X10 really doesn't score well in terms of basic shelf appeal. For starters, there's the TV's design, which is notable only for its total drabness.
Then there's the price. We've seen 42-inch Panasonic plasmas going for only £100 more than the TX-L26X10. With the price in mind, we would like to have seen more picture-adjustment options on the TX-L26X10, not to mention 100Hz processing. But, then again, motion looks pretty decent even without 100Hz processing.
While the set's black levels are actually decent by 26-inch standards, there's nonetheless more greyness and hollowness evident during dark scenes than you'd expect to see with a good larger LCD model. Also, when the TX-L26X10 is viewed from the side, you'll notice a more significant reduction in black response than you would with most bigger Panasonic LCD TVs.
Finally, the TX-L26X10's pictures generally lack the verve and vibrancy of larger Panasonic TVs. But this is a pretty common shortcoming of small TVs, and will probably only become a serious issue if you want to use the TV in a conservatory or sun room.
While we don't think many people will really be willing to stump up £500 or so for a 26-inch LCD TV, the Panasonic Viera TX-L26X10 does at least provide a much-needed small-screen option for people who actually care about AV standards.
Edited by Charles Kloet