Freeview HD televisions at test labNew Panasonic and Sony TVs at the Which? test lab

27 March 2010

Panasonic Viera

Panasonic Viera goes eco-friendly in 2010

The Which? test lab has just taken delivery of the first new televisions of 2010, including three plasma HD TVs from Panasonic and brand new LED and LCD TVs from Sony. All the new Sony and Panasonic models feature integrated Freeview HD tuners that will allow owners to watch HD content without the need for a separate box, a subscription, or a satellite dish.

For more information on Freeview HD read our Freeview HD advice guide

Panasonic Viera televisions

We have three new 42-inch plasma TVs on test, ranging from the entry level HD-ready TX-P42X20, through to mid-range TX-P42S20 and high-end TX-P42G20.

The G20 costs over £1000, but for your money you get both a Freeview HD tuner and a Freesat HD tuner built-in. If you already have a satellite dish the Freesat HD tuner means you can access even more channels than the terrestrial Freeview HD service has to offer. 

USB recording, Skype access and wi-fi are some of the new features Panasonic has added to the G20 for 2010.

For 'coming soon' reviews plus almost 200 full reviews of televisions tested in 2009 and 2010 visit our television review page.

New Sony Bravia TVs on test

Sony beat many rivals to market this year by being the first to get its televisions on the high street. We have three on test including two 40-inch LCD models, the KDL40EX403 and KDL40EX503 available at £600 and £700 respectively. 

Both are high-resolution full HD LCD TVs, complete with internet access and DLNA media streaming capabilities. 

The pricier Sony KDL40EX703 (it will set you back over £1000) has Edge LED backlighting, which in theory improves the contrast between bright and dark images. 

The KDL40EX703 is wi-fi ready, which means it can be connected to a home wireless network by using a dongle, which you buy separately. In higher-spec models, wi-fi is built into the television itself. 

Toshiba and Samsung

The Freeview-only Toshiba Regza 42RV665 LCD TV and the PS42C450, a new entry level plasma TV from Samsung, make up the rest of the test. Full results are due online towards the end of May. 

For 'coming soon reviews' plus almost 200 full reviews of televisions tested visit our television review page.

3D TV to come

Unfortunately there are no 3D TVs in this batch of televisions, though we have some on pre-order and are busy devising a special 3D TV viewing test. Keep an eye on Which? news and our television brand overview pages for the latest developments, or check out our 3D TV essential guide for everything you need to know 

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