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Panasonic TC-P-U2 Series Plasma TV (42", 50")

Panasonic TC-P-U2 Series Plasma TV (42", 50")
alaScore 86

81 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and design. The usability and value for money also get good feedback. Comments about the build quality and sound are mixed.

image quality, value for money, usability, design, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Panasonic TC-P-U2 Series Plasma TV (42", 50") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic TC-P-U2 Series Plasma TV (42", 50")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Panasonic TC-P-U2 Series Plasma TV (42", 50") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Amazon.com.

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79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic TC-P42U2 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTVPanasonic TC-P50U2 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Plasma HDTV Review - Intro

 

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is not quite of the entry-level series, but we've certainly seen better from the venerable plasma manufacturer. Thin on features, you should at least expect solid performance. Instead, the TC-P42U2 coasts by on brand name...

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is not an amazing television. Granted, it's not priced terribly high ($799 MSRP), but for the same price you can find an excellent LCD unit. It's getting harder with each passing year to defined plasmas as the better choice....

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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Review – 42-inch Plasma HDTV

 

Manufactured on its award winning series of plasma, 2009, this unique model is a U-Drive 600Hz from the remarkable clarity and complete HD 1080p, 900 TVL resolutions in motion. This model (42-inch VIERA TC-P42U2 Plasma HDTV) offers Panasonic's VIERA...

With the Game Mode and quicker image response features increases the excitement of an individual to play video games by connecting the game console to the TV. Besides, VIERA creates more clarity for the dark images in such video games. Such an enhanced...

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Panasonic TC-P50U2 Review – 50-inch Plasma HDTV

 

Sticking to the basics, this model (TC-P50U2 HDTV) is featured with improved power consumption and fulfills the criteria to meet with the standards of Energy Star 4.0 requirements. An individual also gets a commitment of Plasma panel life of up to...

The model is embedded with advanced anti-reflective filter to keep the images sharp, with minimal glare. Such a feature helps to produce clear images by maintaining a wide range of color through reduction of reflection from any external light source....

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Panasonic TC-P42U2

 

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 ($799) is a 42-inch plasma TV, not exactly entry level, but light on features in order to keep the price well under $1000. However, the performance left a lot to be desired, which moves it from the "cheap, but in a good way" pile...

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is not a top performer. The black levels were deep, but that's expected for a plasma display. Because the whites were not very bright (another common trait in plasmas), the overall contrast ratio suffered, measuring only 2581:1....

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Panasonic TC-P42U2

 

A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

The Panasonic TC-P42U2 is not an amazing television. Granted, it’s not priced terribly high ($799 MSRP), but for the same price you can find an excellent LCD unit. It’s getting harder with each passing year to define plasmas as the better choice....

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An amazing picture!!

 

This is my first HDTV. Although my dad does have a 60 inch LED LCD Sony. And the picture quality might be better on my panasonic. The size and quality for that low price is unmatched. I have a darker room, so reflection is not a problem for me. Blu ......

Great picture, easy to set up

Not enough connections, and SD card only does Pictures

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Panasonic Viera TC-P50U2

 

This is my first HDTV. Although my dad does have a 60 inch LED LCD Sony. And the picture quality might be better on my panasonic. The size and quality for that low price is unmatched. I have a darker room, so reflection is not a problem for me. ...

Great picture, easy to set up

Not enough connections, and SD card only does Pictures

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A Great Value for the Quality and Price

 

This TV is a great package for the price. However, this TV is made for dark light rooms because it is highly reflective. The room I have it in now does get a bit of sunlight that is slightly noticeable and can get annoying. Also if the TV isn't ......

Great size, picture quality (made for gaming and Blu-Ray), very easy to set up and adjust settings, and is a must buy for the price

Reflective screen, lacking in sound quality, lack of media inputs

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Panasonic Viera TC-P50U2

 

This TV is a great package for the price. However, this TV is made for dark light rooms because it is highly reflective. The room I have it in now does get a bit of sunlight that is slightly noticeable and can get annoying. Also if the TV isn't...

Great size, picture quality (made for gaming and Blu-Ray), very easy to set up and adjust settings, and is a must buy for the price

Reflective screen, lacking in sound quality, lack of media inputs

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Bite the bullet

 

Great buy, highly recommended. 5 eggs

Great Quality, picked this HDTV up on black friday for 499.99 out the door. Set up couldn't have been any easier. The picture quality is fantastic, very vivid. I've been watching NHL-HD all the time on this and I'm very pleased. Good job Panasonic

I should have bought it sooner

Product Specifications

Make your movie night a cinematic experience. VIERA U2 Series Plasma HDTVs are ideal for sports and movies, with crisp, focused images during fast-moving scenes. 600Hz technology lets you view superb Full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects. It's easy to view Full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos right after you take them. Simply insert an SD memory card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos on the large screen. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends in high definition and a wide 16:9 aspect ratio.

Audio System

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.1in/14.1in
Height:27.8in/32.2in
Weight:54lbs/68.3lbs
Width:40.6in/48in

DVD

Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:P42U2/P50U2
Product Line:Panasonic TC

Television

Diagonal Size:41.6in/49.9in
Diagonal Size (cm):106cm/127cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Enhanced Refresh Rate:600 Hz
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:3
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:2000000:1
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Series:VIERA
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

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