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Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review

42 in.

An average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well.

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Overall Design

Panasonic doesn't seem to put as much stock in a sleek design as Samsung or Sony, for better or for worse. We have to admit that most Samsungs and Sonys have a lot more eye appear than this TV. But when the screen is on, the frame tends to disappear, so maybe it's not all that important.

Front

The front of the Panasonic TC-P42S2 is mostly screen (as you might guess). There are some indicator lights at the bottom.

Front Tour Image
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Back

The back of the Panasonic TC-P42S2 houses most of the ports.

Back Tour Image

Sides

The sides show how thick a plasma TV can be compared to much skinnier LCD models. On the right side you'll find a handful of ports and the onboard controls for basic functionality like power, volume, and source input.

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The stand is plenty sturdy, but does not allow the TV panel to swivel. That's no good in our book.

Stand Photo
The stand does not swivel

Controls

The onboard controls on Panasonics are usually big, fat plastic buttons like these. They may not be pretty, but they're easy to find and feel solid and responsive.

Controls Photo

Remote Control

The remote control is hardly sleek, but it does the job.

Remote Control Photo
The remote control is lightweight

In the Box

The Panasonic TC-P42S2 is not too heavy for a 42-inch display, so one person, with a good build and proper footing, should be able to set the TV up on their own. Inside the box, you'll find the stand, remote control, batteries, and an instruction manual and other documentation.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42U2 Comparison
  14. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  15. Sharp Aquos LC-40LE700UN Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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