Conclusion: Don't be put off by the lack of glamour exhibited by the P42ST60's exterior: inside beats a home cinema heart of gold with levels of contrast, light uniformity and colour accuracy you get only with a Panasonic plasma. This is joined, moreover, by a good 3D performance, above average audio, and a brilliantly friendly smart TV interface.
Summary: The Panasonic TX-P42ST60 is a superb TV for the money. Its picture performance puts many sets costing twice as much to shame thanks to its excellent colour handling and deep black levels. It also has decent sound quality, easy to use menus and a premium design. The only slight downside is that its smart TV system is light on catch-up TV apps.
Pros: Excellent black levels, Rich, natural colours, Good upscaling, Decent 3D performance, Premium styling
Cons: Smart TV system could do with more premium apps, Not as suitable as some LED models for bright room viewing
Conclusion: For the most part the P42ST60 is another outstanding entry into Panasonic’s latest plasma TV canon. It perhaps falls victim a touch to the genius of its own more expensive Panasonic siblings, and its high input lag makes it a disappointing option for gamers. But if you’re a serious film fan on a budget and you’re prepared to dim the lights when you want to watch it in anger, there’s no more cinematic picture quality around for its money.
Pros: Stunning black level response, Good value, Excellent Smart TV interface
Cons: Picture quality reduced by high levels of ambient light, Surprisingly high input lag, 3D motion judder