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One major strike against plasma screen televisions is that they are very fragile. Granted, most large, heavy electronic devices are fragile. However, plasma screen televisions, depend on their large plasma screens to operate, and if it is damaged, the entire unit often needs to be replaced. Also, the flat shape of the unit makes it more prone to damage. If it is leaned against a wall or placed on its side for an extended period of time, the unit's picture quality can be permanently altered.