Excerpt: Got this at christmas on an impulse buy. 42 inch for under $400--I was on it! This is my 4th HDTV. I've owned a HD projection set, an extremely heavy (but nice picture) HD CRT, and a couple LCD's. I think this is going to be my favorite. I don't have cable; I do over-the-air (OTA) and video streaming from my computer, Xbox 360, PS3/Blu-Ray etc.
Excerpt: When my old television broke I was very upset because I thoughtthat any screen I could afford would be a downgrade from the television my parents gave me when they upgraded to HD in there house. I am happy to say that Panasonic exceeded my expectations with this 42" model. I find that during the day, there is some glare from the windows on the television's screen however it does not make it hard to see.
Excerpt: My family has a budget. You could say we live paycheck to paycheck. And I am the voice of reason in my household. So when my husband began begging for us to upgrade our TV to flatscreen HDTV, I resisted like crazy. I really thought we couldn't afford it, and that it was an unnecessary expense. I will still stand by those thoughts.
Great for watching TV, not so much for movies or gaming
J. Garner, Amazon
14 October 2011
Summary: I bought this to put up in my office's breakroom after test-driving it in a store. The picture is great, Panasonic has the best plasma sets on the market right now. Blacks are very dark, whites are bright, and the colors are fantastic. Motion is smooth and flicker-free. Even the menus get bonus points here, for being intuitive and easy to navigate. I wound up buying two more for the office, we liked this one so much. For a plasma, this set is pretty lightweight.
Best Plasma under $500 but know what to use this for
J. Doolin "Mr. Know-it-all", Amazon
25 January 2011
Summary: Note: I copy and pasted Opinunated's review and deleted some stuff and added my own views/opinions. I have done hundreds of hours of research and reading of reviews before I chose this tv. If you don't know anything about plasma vs. LCD and are trying to decide. Go to [...] look in the middle column and click on Plasma Vs. LCD to teach yourself something. This is a pretty good buy for the money.
Summary: OK, so this is the first plasma tv that Ive ever owned. I took it out of the box and had it assembled quite easily. Turned it on and got it set up just as easy. Picture is incredible compared to the Phillips 37" that this one is replacing. The price was very good compared to what I found while shopping for tv`s with similar features. the sound from the built-in speakers leaves a little to be desired, but home theatre systems are pretty affordable these days I guess.
Summary: ... a great 720p plasma TV at an awesome price. I am not going to compare this to other 42" plasmas, because right now, Panasonic is one of the only companies still making a 720p model. Everything else I see online and at Best Buy is 1080p. So this TV sort of stands alone in that respect. Of course 1080p content is not going to look as good when comparing to a 1080p TV standing a few feet from each display.
Summary: Sometimes you want a TV that just works. For the size, this TV is great. Of course, dont expect many frills like full 1080 resolution or a wide array of inputs. However, if what you are looking for is excellent color quality for most basic shows think casual family gatherings, not home theater, then you cant beat the combination of price, display size, and a reputable brand name like Panasonic.
Great TV for the price, but older models were better
R. Baird, Amazon
8 June 2010
Summary: This is the 3rd 42" 720p panasonic TV I've owned. I bought this one to replace one that was fried in a freak electrical occurance at my house. The picture on these TVs is fantastic, and your really cannot beat the price to quality ratio anywhere. The only down side to this particular model is the lack of an anti-glare filter. This used to be STANDARD on even the lowest of models of these TVs. I didn't realize when buying it that it was gone, my fault.