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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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Power Consumption

Power Consumption Summary
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42U2-vanity.jpg']}} • Requires a lot of power • Because it's a plasma, no way to manually lower power consumption
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Power Consumption*(7.99)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2, as a plasma TV, has a constantly shifting appetite for power, linked moment to moment with the contents on the screen. Brighter scenes consume more power, and darker scenes consume less. LCDs tend to be much steady, as well as providing an easy way to reduce power consumption: reducing the backlight. There is no 'backlight' on a plasma display, as each pixel essentially has its own lighting. (More on how we test Power Consumption.)

Setting Average Watts Cost per Year
Default 206 watts $40.23

As you can see from the chart below, it's a lot cheaper to run these LCD displays than a plasma.

Power Consumption
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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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