Panasonic’s new range of Viera HD TVs, unveiled in Munich this week, are strong on eco-friendly claims. New models include plasma and LED backlit TVs with claimed power consumption up-to a third lower than last years models.
It’s hard to miss the eco-friendly theme at Panasonic’s huge product unveiling in Munich.
The Panasonic staff all wear green eco badges and energy efficiency is officially one of its key strategy pillars for 2010.
Panasonic plasma TVs
Key to that strategy is Panasonic’s new ranges of Viera TVs and leading the way are its new plasma, or so called NeoPDP, TVs.
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Panasonic claims that a mix of more efficient light transmission and new plasma gas cells capable of creating more ultraviolet light has led to a significant reduction in power consumption.
For instance Panasonic says this years 42-inch G20 model uses around 35% less power than last years equivalent the G10.
Which? TV expert, Mike Briggs, said, ‘Plasma TVs have never fared well in our power consumption tests. Despite falls in power consumption over the last two years, they still fall well behind the best LCD and LED backlit TVs.’
Briggs added, ‘However, if Panasonic’s claims are confirmed by our tests, and its own demonstration was certainly convincing, than this could represent a significant narrowing, though probably not elimination, of the gap.’
Panasonic’s new ranges will be available to buy through the spring and summer.
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Panasonic V20, D25 and D28 LED TVs
Panasonic has entered the LED edge lit market with three new series of HD TVs. The new additions, the V20, D25 and D28 models, should fit in well with its eco-friendly strategy. Panasonic are planning to add backlit LED Tvs to its line-up later in the year.
Which? tests confirm that LED TVs tend to use far less power than conventional LCD and plasma TVs.
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