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Panasonic TC-P42GT25 3D Plasma HDTV Review

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The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year.

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Overall Design

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 is definitely big and boxy, by high-end TV standards. LED-backlit and edgelit TVs have an undeniable edge in design because they can get so much thinner. Panasonic doesn't try to hide its bulk, though. They have made one attempt at standing out from the crowd, however subtle. The bezel around the screen has a slight brown tinge to it, though you'll hardly notice it.

Front

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 has a wide, plastic bezel surrounding the screen. It has a slightly brown tinge to it, but you may never notice unless you look very closely. Along the bottom are some indicator lights. All the onboard controls are on the side.

Front Tour Image

Back

The back of the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 is a black, metal grill. Most of the ports are gathered in one corner. The AC power jack is closer to the center. When you plug the power it, two automatic snaps keep it secure.

Back Tour Image

Sides

Panasonic doesn't seem to hide its thickness, and in truth, plasmas require a little more chassis space. On the left side, you'll find the onboard controls and a few more ports.

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The base for the Panasonic TC-P42GT25 is simple disc of plastic, attached to a the TV panel by a metal yolk. The TV panel swings much more easily than most, so it's quite easy to access the ports on the back.

Stand Photo
The base allows the TV panel to swivel

Controls

The onboard controls are pretty standard for a TV. They're interspersed with ports on the left side of the TV. We always like that Panasonic uses big, fat buttons rather than trying to be discreet with the controls.

Controls Photo

Remote Control

The remote control has lots of big, obvious buttons. They don't try to be as stylish as Sony and Samsung, but the remote probably works a little better as a result.

Remote Control Photo
The remote works just fine, and it lights up in the back!

In the Box

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 ships with the stand, remote control, batteries, and documentation. It does not ship with 3D glasses. Those must be purchased separately. The Panasonic VT20 series does include eyewear, but it also costs a lot more.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Remote Control
  10. Connectivity
  11. Audio & Menus
  12. Multimedia & Internet
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 Comparison
  15. Samsung UN46C7100 Comparison
  16. Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Series Comparison
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Ratings & Specs
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