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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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Remote Control

Remote Control 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.
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42U2-vanity.jpg']}} • Functional remote that's relatively comfortable • Squeaky buttons • Can be used with other Panasonic Viera Link devices
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Ergonomics & Durability*(6.25)*


The remote control that ships with the Panasonic TC-P42U2 (model number N2QAYB 000485, to be precise) is simple and effective. It's not terribly pretty, but it feels good in the hand and the buttons are smartly grouped. We're not sure why Panasonic insists on putting a fat ridge along the bottom of the remote, which certainly doesn't help with comfort, but it's not egregious.

This remote feels like it could take a whack or two and still work just fine. Our only complaint was the squeaky buttons.

 

Button Layout & Use*(6.25)*


The buttons on the remote control are large and comfortable, made of a hard rubber that keeps the remote in your grip. The important buttons have just enough tactile difference so you can operate the remote without looking down at it after just a few uses.

 

Programming & Flexibility*(1.5)*


The remote can be used to control other Panasonic AV devices bearing the 'Viera Link' logo. However, it cannot be programmed and used as a universal remote.

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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