A close rival to the Sony KDL-46HX853, Panasonic's P50GT50 has active-shutter 3D, a superb plasma screen and a ton of connections. But is it as Smart as the best hooked-up TVs?

Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review – design

If you like the looks of the GT50 then 'understated' is the word you'll want to bandy about. 'Ho-hum' could apply just as easily though – the Panasonic's conservative design just really leap off the shelf. Then again, it's a telly, so it'd be odd if it did.

Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review – picture quality

In a word: superb. The plasma screen looks the business given any source – TV, games, 2D or 3D, Blu-ray – and deep blacks, bright, clean whites, vivid colours, stacks of detail and mastery of motion make it a class act.

Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review – Smart TV

Pana's Viera Connect is much improved, and a dual-core chip serves up everything you could want in a smart TV (iPlayer, TwitterFace, Skype etc), though the Sony is better integrated. Menus are customisable, navigation is easy and quality is great.

Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review – verdict

The GT50's larger 50in panel may help seal the deal in its favour if you're looking at similarly priced rivals. You may find better online features and styling elsewhere but if you just want a fantastic picture, it's a worthy contender.

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Panasonic TX-P50GT50 review

Exceptional picture performance and a strong spec combined with a large 50in panel make the GT50 a brilliant plasma