The Good Deep black levels; Warm, natural colours; Great 3D picture quality; Good line-up of Internet services.
The Bad No DLNA media streaming support; Some slight colour banding visible every now and again; 3D glasses are expensive.
The Bottom Line It's disappointing that the Panasonic TX-P42ST30 lacks the media streaming features found on the company's higher-end sets, but it still manages to impress, with the deep black levels and perky colours helping its 2D and 3D pictures stand out from the crowd.
|Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST30B||LG 55EG910V||Sony Bravia KDL40W605||Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB||Sony Bravia KDL-40W2000|
|Price||£600 Typical Price||£600 Typical Price||£600 Typical Price||£600 Typical Price||£600 Typical Price|
Panasonic Viera TX-P42ST30B
Panasonic's P42ST30 sits below the top of the rangeand mid-tier models in the company's current line-up of 3D plasma TVs, but above the recently announced UT30. It boasts many of the same features of the higher-end sets in the range, but lacks a Freesat HD tuner and media streaming capabilities. It is, however, available for a relatively low asking price of £600 online, which is around £200 less than the GT30 model.
While the likes of LG and Samsung have done a lot of work to make the user interfaces on their TVs look as appealing as possible by using lots of neat animations, lashings of colour and cute icons, Panasonic is sadly yet to follow suit. In comparison to its Korean rivals, the menu system on this TV looks very bland.
For the most part the menus are quite static and boring, with the result that they feel out of step with most of the newer TVs on the market at the moment. Panasonic has added some icons in the main menu for the picture, sound, timer and set-up options, but the rest of the menus are predominantly rendered just as white text against a blue or black background.
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