I've had this television for almost 10 years, and the reason I chose this particular one has stood the test of time - I liked the look of it. It has a 32 inch LCD screen, with a black 2-3cm border around the screen and a silver outer edge all around. It's an unfussy design but classy and finished off well. There are no buttons visible on the tv, the few manual buttons there are are on the top of the unit, and are squares which you push, rather than buttons which stand proud. So the all-round look of the tv remains slick. It stands on a plastic silver single foot which is around 20" long, so nice and stable, neatly shaped and has grip-pads underneath so that it doesn't slip around on the tv stand.
On its foot, the TV swivels round but it's quite mean with the angle it can be turned. Fortunately mine is placed in a corner facing into the room, and the screen can be comfortably viewed without compromising your viewing quality from any seat in the room.
Watching the tv, the picture and sound are great. In terms of picture, there's a choice of vision types to choose from - "Dynamic", "Cinema" or "Normal" which are preset with different brightness/contrast/colour levels. The colours on the picture are invariably good quality, colours are bright and any black is a really deep black. Using the control you can customise the picutre, but personally I can't find fault with the preset "Dynamic" colour setting. The sound level is remembered when you switch back on, and it doesn't need to be whacked up high to be able to hear it clearly. Treble and bass are very easily adjusted to individual preferences.
The TV is HD ready, which at the time was "the big thing" and I felt I needed to have this capability, just to keep up. Over the years I've owned it I did have a HD subscription for a time, and the pictures were indeed fantastic. Recently I had a brief flirtation with a HD Freeview box, and the pictures were not of the same great quality but still sharp. I now realise that in order to get the full benefit of HD pictures a TV needs to be boasting "Full HD" in its spec as opposed to just "HD Ready" such as this one.
The television also has built-in freeview. It is a standard Freeview installation, no HD channels, pause/rewind or record features. When I have used it, it's worked fine, but I have used Sky and BT Vision boxes with the set in the main.
I have had a few niggles over the years with TV, anomalies such as the selected channel number or the selected input randomly popping up intermittently in the corner of the screen. This still happens now sometimes and is extremely annoying... I get so frantic trying all the remote control button combinations to stop it that even now I still don't know why it happens or what combination I hit on to switch it off!
I don't use the TV remote often because the TV has always paired easily first time with the remote controls of my Sky or Freeview boxes, meaning I can control the main TV features as well as the box with the one remote. When called upon, though, the TV remote is slimline, neat, clear to see/read and very easy to use.
In the technical area on the back of the TV is a full range of sockets including two SCART sockets and two HDMI. These can be tricky to get to as the TV doesn't turn fully as mentioned above, mine being situated in a corner. Plus, of course, it makes the TV a complete no-no if you fancied wall-mounting it.
This has been a fantastically reliable television, which to me doesn't look at all dated and gives reliably great pictures and sound, so this has to be a 5-star television based on my own experience.
Panasonics award winning flatpanel range has taken the pleasure of Viera viewing a step further with the launch of its new HD ready LXD60 range. As with all Viera models, this sleek and stylish LCD range incorporating Freeview , is distinguished by its superior technology and consumer focussed features, to offer the ultimate in both sight and sound The TX26 and 32LXD60 incorporate an HD panel with approximately 1,049,088 pixels, relaying all the detailed beauty of high-definition images. Overcoming a weakness of conventional LCDs, the new Viera range offers a wide vertical, horizontal viewing angle to provide vivid, beautiful images from virtually any angle.