Panasonic Viera TC-L42U5 LCD HDTV Review

This is a budget TV, but that doesn't mean it's a good value.

$599.00 MSRP 42 in.


Panasonic's U5 series is second-to-last on their 2012 roster of LCD HDTVs. The U5 series is a frills-free TV that serves only to televise in 1080p HD, with no smart features or 3D technology built in. It only comes in one screen size, and is modestly priced at an MSRP of $499. If you need a basic HDTV that also performs decently and fits within your budget, however, we recommend you look elsewhere. This TV performs poorly in the two important areas of color accuracy and contrast ratio, and there are better budget buys on the market.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Conclusion
  13. Photo Gallery
  14. Ratings & Specs