Pros: Quality 22" LCD television at a competitive price!
Cons: No backlit buttons on remote control.
The Panasonic TC-L22X2 22" LCD TV is a great buy if you are looking for a smaller flat panel television. We purchased this television almost a year ago and it has met our needs. One reason for purchasing it was to use the SD card slot and integrated Viera Image Viewer to present a slide show of our cottage during real estate showings. And, for several months, we were using it for our television at our cottage. Currently, it's idle, but will be put into service as a bedroom television our new house in just a few weeks. We purchased a Panasonic due to the brand's reputation and "bang for buck".
22-inch LCD HDTV with 720p HD resolution
Control and play music and video directly from your iPod or iPhone with included Universal Dock
15,000:1 contrast ratio;
VIERA Image Viewer for JPEG image slideshows directly from an SD memory card
Inputs: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 PC, 1 digital audio output
Includes removable stand; measures 21.4 x 15.9 x 7.5 inches with stand
Brand Name: Panasonic
Display Technology: LCD
Display Size: 22.0 inches
Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Unpacking and assembling this unit was very easy. A screwdriver was needed to secure the base to the television. The unit itself is the industry norm black plastic, quite neutral and acceptable. Batteries had to be inserted into the remote control, and then I just had to connect the coaxial cable. Using the remote, the menu system was fairly easy to follow and within a few minutes, programming was completed. Since we were using this in a cottage, it wasn't integrated into a home theater system (seriously...only a 22" display). The bottom line is that it functions very well as a small flat panel television. As you would expect, you can choose between a variety of provided settings for color, contrast, etc. Most of the time, the standard setting has worked well. On occasion, I've reverted to use a custom setting to improve color and contrast. The picture quality is very good and the 720p HD resolution is all you need for a 22" display. Sound from the stock speakers is adequate and loud enough for a moderate size room. Paired with a small receiver and auxillary speakers, you could really create a nice mini home theater set-up for a bedroom, den, etc. And, the size of this unit would be great for use in a kitchen and mounting it to a wall should be a snap!
The remote control is fairly basic and more than adequate but would have been so much better if it had backlit buttons. I haven't used the universal dock for an iPod/iPhone but the SD card slot is easy to use to view photos. The Viera program integrated in the television makes it easy to make a slide show and even includes a few music files that can accompany the slides.
In today's marketplace, the consumer has so many choices available when it comes to televisions. If you want to spend less than what a Panasonic model costs, you'll easily find lesser known brand models available. But, for the price, I find the Panasonic well worth a few more bucks when you look at how well Panasonic televisions (especially their plasma televisions) compare in quality, performance and price. This reviewer is certainly happy with this purchase, and I think you would do well to consider a Panasonic television if you're in the market for a new television.
Thanks for reading my review, and don't hesitate to ask any questions as I will try my best to answer them.