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Panasonic Viera TC-L42U25 LCD HDTV Review

Okay for a novice, but those demanding more than minimal performance might want to explore other options.

$899.00
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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Panasonic TC-L42U25. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the TC-LxxU2x series. The TC-LxxU2x series includes the following models: TC-L42U25, TC-L32U22, TC-L37U22, and the TC-L42U22. Read here for more details on series differences. 
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-L42U25-front-small.jpg']}} • Glossy, angular appearance • Reliable port access • Fixed base • Unremarkable remote • SD/SDHC card slot for pictures
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Front


The Panasonic TC-L24U25 shares the look of other Panasonic LCD TVs, with a boxy bezel and high-gloss finish, which seems to attract fingerprints. On the bottom of the set, there is a power indicator light as well as a light sensor.

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Back


The back of the Panasonic TC-L42U25 is where you will find most of the ports, with another panel facing the left side of the set for easier access. The power cable is hard-wired into the set, and it comes out near where the base meets the casing. For information about the ports on the back of the Panasonic TC-L42U25 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The Panasonic TC-L42U25 has a depth of 4.2", which is a fair bit thicker than other LCD TVs that use different backlighting or edge-lighting. On the left side is the panel of commonly-used ports for easy access. On the right side are the manual control buttons. For information about the ports on the sides of the Panasonic TC-L42U25 see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


The stand is as glossy as the bezel on the set itself, attracting fingerprints. Though it doesn't swivel, it is relatively sturdy. The stand will keep the set stable, but it won't take an earthquake to move the television set.

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  **The fixed stand makes access to the back a pain.*  *

Controls


The on-set controls are located beyond the right side of the screen, near the bottom corner. Though the plastic buttons are responsive and easy to press, they are difficult to see without light.

 


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Remote Control


The TC-L42U25's remote is virtually identical in every way to the remotes of other Panasonic LCD TVs made in 2010. In contrast to the glossy bezel of the TV set, the remote is a matte black plastic unit that is compact and lightweight. Like the others, the buttons are well-marked and the key travel (how far down you have to push the button) is poor and it slows down operation of the TV noticeably.

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  * The TC-L42U25 has the same remote as many of the other 2010 Panasonic models.   *

**In The Box***(6.0)*

The Panasonic TC-L42U25 comes packaged with its remote, batteries, stand, manual and setup instructions.

Other Models in the TC-LxxU2x Series
This is a review of the Panasonic TC-L42U25. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page
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Panasonic TC-L32U22 32 inches Panasonic TC-L37U22 37 inches Panasonic TC-L42U22 42 inches

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs Samsung LN40C630
  13. Vs Sony KDL-40EX400
  14. Vs Sharp LC-42SB48UT
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison

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