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Panasonic TC P-U1 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Panasonic TC P-U1 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50"). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Comments about the sound and design are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and glare.

image quality, price, usability, design, sound

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic TC P-U1 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Panasonic TC P-U1 Series Plasma TV (42", 46", 50") from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Reviewers are impressed by the sound and design. The usability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the energy efficiency.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic VIERA U1 Series TC-P42U1 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTVPanasonic VIERA U1 Series TC-P46U1 46-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTVPanasonic Viera U1 Series TC-P50U1 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic TC-P50U1 Plasma HDTV Review - Intro


The Panasonic TC-P50U1 is a pretty basic model, at least as basic as they come in the 50-inch plasma category (that's a lot of screen real estate, mind you). Skipping the fancy, and frequently pointless, special processing features, Panasonic has made...

The Panasonic TC-P50U1 is a good, but not outstanding, television. On the plus side, we loved the deep blacks and wide viewing angle that the Panasonic could produce. However, it failed to produce sufficiently bright whites and there were noticeable...

Nov, 2009

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Panasonic TC-P50U1


If you're in the market for a full HD large screen HDTV, it's hard to beat the current street price of the TC-P50U1. You probably won't find a better price on a 50" unit, and it has most of the features you're likely to need. As long as Internet...

50 inch Plasma Full HD 1080p HDTVNative contrast ratio of 30,000:1Plasma technology provides bright images and wide viewing angleVIERA Link feature

No network or legacy device support

The plasma TV also features a stated 100,000 hour panel life for years...

Apr, 2010

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Panasonic TC-P42U1 Review – 42-inch Plasma HDTV


The problems of burn-in and product lifespan are slowly being sorted out by the HDTV manufacturers. This TV is a bright example which makes fresh forays into the world of Plasma TVs and lets the previous plaguing problems be bygones. However, a major...

The major issue of burn-in is handled by the inclusion of a pixel orbiter. This feature keeps shifting the image across the screen which can be done automatically or in a customized way. The lack of a picture-in-picture feature is compensated by an SD...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: David Kender (

Panasonic Viera TC-P50U1


Fancy (and frequently pointless) special processing features aside, acceptable performance for a decent price.

Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: cengell (

Panasonic VIERA 50" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P50U1


Heard back from Panasonic, and if you're impacted by the lightening black levels, don't expect a fix. The company has deemed this adjustment to be a typical response to the set reaching a certain stage of its lifespan. As a result of this response.

Hello, I just purchased this from Newegg, and after I read the reviews here I ordered it, later that day I was searching for info on it and came across this ; NEWEGG IS GREAT

Search for "Why are black levels changing for the worse on Panasonic's plasma" we NEED to call Panasonic and tell them to FIX and repair this issue, after reading the post from CNet Panasonic WILL NOT FIX this isssue, I was shocked to read that from a...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (

Love it!


Great image. HDMI works as expected. SD card reader option is nice for parties. No dead pixels, nice stand

I swore the glare would not bother me. But sadly I had to change the room layout for the TV. It was well worth it for the picture quality. Pick this over a LCD if it's in a basement . If it's facing a larger picture window that you want to keep open...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Jay (

Excellent TV for the price!


Haven't noticed the "heat issue" that everyone says is inherent with plasmas. So far, it doesn't seem any hotter than my old 42" was.

Great picture quality, good price, a great upgrade from my 7 year old 42" LCD that I had (occupies the same footprint as my original did), easy to set up and integrated well with all my components

Really, I haven't had any negative issues that I've noticed. I'm not some super videophile, though, just a guy who appreciates a good picture quality

May, 2010

Consumer review by: bleh (

Good TV


Bought this about 8 months ago from Best Buy and even got it color calibrated. Love watching Planet Earth on it. :)

Nice picture and sound. Panasonic makes good panels

Screen is very reflective, but that comes with the territory

May, 2010

Consumer review by: WholesomeGoodness (

Near 5 Star


Would've given 5 stars without the sound issue, it dumbs any sound input through hdmi to stereo, so extra cables are needed for a receiver.

Great picture if you make sure to tweak the settings. Tons of inputs. Great off-angle viewing

No VGA. It does not forward 5.1 surround sound through the Toslink out. No anti-glare (but it's not terrible)

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Ben (



The prices on LCDs have been dropping recently. I suspect if I had waited I might have been able to get a bigger TV for similar prices, but with electronics you pretty much just have to know that whatever you buy will be outdated within six months. I...

Great picture at a great price. I paid $899 while this was on sale with free shipping. Arrived in like a week. Very impressed with the picture quality, I was looking at the G model and as far as I could tell the only difference between this and the G...

The glare is bad if you have a window behind where you are watching the TV from. Luckily I just had to rearrange my room so that there is not a natural light source behind where I was sitting to view the TV. I have a pretty dark living room even in the...

May, 2010

Product Specifications

The U1 Series Plasma HDTV is ideal for sports and movies, with crisp, focused images during fast-moving scenes.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Panasonic TC


Diagonal Size:42in/46in/50in
Diagonal Size (cm):106cm/117cm/127cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:2000000:1
Enhanced Refresh Rate:600 Hz
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:2
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:30000:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes