The Panasonic Viera TX-P42V10 - An Initial Review

Published: 22nd January 2010
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A Look At The Panasonic Viera TX-P42V10

Using the NeoPDP plasma panels makes for a slick, compact design for the Panasonic TC-PV42V10. At the widest area, the screen measures a slight 8. 5 cm, housing a chassis with all of the design features included. The top of the screen only measures 5. 5 cm, making the Panasonic TX-P42V10 one of the sleekest designs yet.

Thin and frameless, the screen design on the Panasonic TX-P42V10 is a very compact 42in, great for reduction in energy consumption as well as low weight. The overall design is sleek, smooth and very compact. There are classy silver accents across the top of the screen, and a polish, buffed silver pedestal for stability and appearance at the bottom of the screen itself.

In addition to the normal viewing methods you expect on an options screen (Normal, Game, Dynamic and Cinema), there is also a THX view option for a more solid clarity with the Panasonic TX-P42V10. This viewing option is wonderfully crisp, clear, detailed and of course conforms to the THX standard. There are four HDMI ports and an Ethernet cable for networking as well for an optimal viewing experience in many mediums.

Using the SD card reader, one can read multimedia files but also, Freeview and Freesat are available with the Panasonic TX-P42V10, as well as tuners for analogue, and a digital audio output. A sleek, organized remote control design makes it easy to find options. The Freesat function, a satellite service, allows for viewing of high definition programs for no charge, and the screen offers a remarkable clarity for both of those options.

Accessing internet sites like Youtube, Bloomberg, Tagesschau, Eurosport, local weather, and Picasa Web albums is easy with Viera Cast via a broadband connection. The buttons for both Viera Tools and Viera cast options are located directly on the remote, making them easy to access and use. These two features are one of the better functions involved with the Panasonic TX-P42V10, bringing together an overall better quality experience for users. Also, more sites may become available as time goes on.

Using your SD card, or DivX files, you can easily access a direct playback option for use with AVC-HD. There is a media server function, which not only enables users to access the content from the sites listed, but to share it, as well. There is a reason that many have said that the Panasonic TX-P42V10 is the best "web TV" function to date.

Being able to watch videos called up from the network, or any of the sites available is made easier by being able to display them at full screen on the Panasonic TX-P42V10. Naturally, the quality is by and large dependent on the actual video, but this is one really useful option also. For those who are wondering about the gaming capabilities, with very little input lag and the screen being resistant to screen burn, this plasma gets high ratings. Being able to play games, network and display various media from one unit is certainly a benefit.

The Panasonic TX-P42V10 is, overall, a better innovation in HDTV plasma. Offering a great functionality, solid sound and a crisp, sharp picture, it's compact design is sleek, but powerful and loaded with options. The THX mode, the additional ports and other offerings make this a wise choice in plasma screen technology.

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