Panasonic Viera TC-P50U50 Plasma HDTV Review
Panasonic’s entry-level plasma is a strong core performer that really couldn’t be much simpler.
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.
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