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Panasonic Viera TC-P50U50 Plasma HDTV Review

Panasonic’s entry-level plasma is a strong core performer that really couldn’t be much simpler.

$899.00 MSRP 50 in.


The TC-P50U50 is a budget plasma from Panasonic. It is, in a way, a spiritual successor to 2009's U1 series, albeit a modern, improved version. The U50 series is also the only series in 2012 to support neither internet access or 3D viewing. It is the meat and potatoes Panasonic for 2012.

Panasonic tends to produce simple low-end plasma televisions that feature deep blacks and modest "variable" features, such as where input ports and interface customization are concerned. The TC-P50U50 is a testament to that tradition. For under $1000, getting a 50-inch plasma is not a bad deal. However, there are some negative quirks to this model--such as its poor viewing angle, and inability to swivel--that consumers should be wary of.

This TV is certainly not overpriced, and it might prove difficult to find a better plasma at the same cost.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Panasonic TC-P50U50, take a look at these other televisions.


  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. Software & Interface
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P50S30 Comparison
  14. Panasonic TC-P55ST50 Comparison
  15. Insignia NS-42P650A11 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs

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