Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma HDTV Review
An average plasma TV with a few notable problems, but some real bonuses, as well.
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.
The front of the Panasonic TC-P42S2 is mostly screen (as you might guess). There are some indicator lights at the bottom.
The back of the Panasonic TC-P42S2 houses most of the ports.
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.
The stand is plenty sturdy, but does not allow the TV panel to swivel. That's no good in our book.
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.
The remote control is hardly sleek, but it does the job.
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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