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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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Connectivity

Connectivity 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']}} • Lots of ports, but several unexpected omissions • All ports well-labeled • No swivel base makes access less than ideal
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Input Ports*(6.0)*


The ports on the Panasonic TC-P42U2 are grouped together in two places, a lower corner of the back and the left side. There's a solid selection of ports here, but several key omissions remind you that this is an entry-level TV. Sure, there's 3 HDMIs, 2 component AVs, and 2 composite AVs, but notice the absence of USB ports and ethernet. For that matter, where's the analog audio output, or even a VGA input? Not here. You'll have to upgrade to a better Panasonic if you want these.

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  Connectivity Comparison
Panasonic TC-P42U2 Sony KDL-40NX700 Samsung LN40C630 Toshiba 42ZV650U
HDMI 3 4 4 4
Component 2 1 3 2
Composite 2 1 1.5 (One shared component/composite) 2
S-Video 0 0 0 1
VGA 0 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 2 3 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1 1 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 0
WiFi 0 Yes 1 0
USB 0 1 2 1
Memory Card 1 (SD/SDHC) 0 0 1 (SD/SDHC)
  DLNA No Yes No No
Other N/A N/A N/A IR Inputs

 

 

Output Ports*(1.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 has just one output port, a digital analog out. There is no analog audio, so if you're planning on hooking the TV up to a sound system, you'd better be sure it's a newer model.

 

Other Connections*(0.0)*


There are no other connects, except the media card slot, described below.

 

Media*(3.0)*


The Panasonic TC-P42U2 has a card slot to accommodate SD/SDHC cards. The TV only displays photos stored on the cards, not movies or music. Again, this is something Panasonic could have turned on very easily, but chose to hold back because the TV is lower down in the line-up. 

 

Placement*(6.5)*


The port placement on the Panasonic TC-P42U2 is perfectly fine. Our only complaint is that the base does not swivel, which makes the rear ports a little trickier to access. Fortunately, the ports most likely to be used for 'quick changes' are placed on the side of the TV. All the ports are well labeled.

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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