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Panasonic TC-P42U2 Plasma HDTV Review

42 in.

In its favor, the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is pretty inexpensive for a plasma.

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Multimedia & Internet

  Multimedia & Internet Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the TC-PxxU2 series. The TC-PxxU2 series includes the following models: TC-P42U2 and TC-P50U2.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Internet Features*(0.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 has no internet features, streaming content accessibility, or DLNA home theater connectivity. 

 

Photo Playback*(4.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 can play back photos that are stored on SD/SDHC media cards. The cards are loaded into a card slot on the left side of the TV. As soon as you pop in the card, a menu appears onscreen asking you if you want to view the pictures on the card. Choose yes, and the photo playback interface appears (see image below). It finds all the pictures on the cards, regardless of folder structures. You can view the images one at a time or in a slideshow. There are almost no options for controlling the finer aspects of the slideshow. 

 

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  • It's a very basic photo viewer *

Music & Video Playback*(0.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 cannot play back music or video clips. Surely, the processor is capable of playing them, but that feature is turned off in order to nudge you towards a higher-priced model in the Panasonic line-up. 

 

Other Media*(0.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 does not play back any other media types. 

Other Models in the TC-PxxU2 Series
This is a review of the Panasonic TC-P42U2. 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-P42U2 42 inches Panasonic TC-P50U2 50 inches
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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. Vs Sony KDL 40NX700
  14. Vs Samsung LN40C630
  15. Vs Toshiba 42ZV650U
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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