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Panasonic Viera 42in 3D Plasma TV available for £499

The Panasonic TX-P42UT50B is one of the new displays launched by the Japanese manufacturer as part of its VIERA/NEO Plasma display panel family. It is on sale at Argos for just under £499, a saving of 33 per cent off its suggested retail price of £715, which includes delivery. Panasonic is also throwing in a five-year warranty plus two pairs of active 3D glasses for free.

The TX-P42UT50B is a 42in plasma that comes with a full HD resolution, a Freeview HD tuner, 3D capabilities (with a 2D to 3D conversion), a contrast ratio of 4,000,000 : 1, a refresh rate of 200Hz, V-Real 3D image enhancement and a progressive scan technology which Panasonic says improves image clarity.

Other features include a Picture and Text feature (which divides the screen into two), one SCART and AV socket, two HDMI and one component video socket, two USB ports, Wi-Fi capability, Smart TV, DLNA compatibility, an Ethernet port, two 10W speakers and Dolby Digital Plus sound system.

The television comes with a C-rating, consuming 131 watts when switched on and 300mW when off. Although it is as expensive as some 50in sets, the fact that it has so many connectivity options plus Freeview HD and 3D makes it a compelling choice for anyone looking for a full HD display.