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Panasonic TC-P42X1 Plasma HDTV Review

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The Panasonic TC-P42X1 is an entry-level HDTV that doesn't come with many extras.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
{{article.attachments['Panasonic-TC-P42X1-vanity.jpg']}} • Glossy black bezel. • Stand doesn't swivel or tilt. • No design flourishes.
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Front


The front of the TV features a glossy black bezel and stand. There's a tiny red LED power indicator at the bottom middle. Near that LED are where the on-set power button is.

 

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  • The front of the TC-P42X1 is a bit plain. *

Back


The back of the TC-P42X1 only has one real area of interest, and that's the bottom right corner, which contains an array of ports.

 

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  • These ports are very easy to access. *

 **Sides**


The left side of the TV has an HDMI port, composite video input, and a set of analog audio inputs. This is also where the TV keeps its SD card slot. The right side of the TV has on-set controls.

 

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  • The left side has a few ports, including an HDMI port and the SD card slot. The right side has on-set controls. *

 **Stand/Mount**


The stand is a glossy black plastic wedge. It doesn't swivel, which makes the TV's good port placement all the more important.

 

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  • We would've preferred a swiveling stand, to provide better access to the back of the TV. *

 **Controls**


The front of the TV has a large power button.

 

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  • The power button is on the front of the TV. *

To switch the channels or volume, you'll have to go around to the right side of the TV. This is also where the on-set menu and input buttons are.

 

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  • The on-set controls are on the right side of the TV, so as to not clutter up the front. *

 **Remote Control**


The TC-P42X1's remote is similar to other VIERA remotes, but a few buttons have been switched around. This new design is a bit more intuitive overall: some buttons have gained on-button symbols to help elicit their meaning.   

 

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  • The remote has good button placement and a few nice extras, like the media playback controls. *

 **In The Box***(7.0)*


The TC-P42X1 ships with a remote, batteries, and a manual. There aren't any extras like a cleaning cloth or HDMI cord.

The TV is very easy to set up, however, since it doesn't require any assembly. Just take it out of the box, plug a few cables into it, and it'll work just fine. 

 **Aesthetics***(5.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42X1 doesn't have much to catch anyone's eye. It has a simple, glossy bezel and stand. There aren't any textured surfaces, coloration, or LEDs to add aesthetic flair.

 

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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