Conclusion: The Panasonic 42X1 has a standard feature set for a TV of this price and quality range. You get a decent but not thorough calibration menu, 3 HDMI inputs and an SD card slot, a flimsy table top stand, a non-backlit remote, good sizing algorithms for video aspect. The unit does have discrete picture settings for each input which is an upgrade feature. There is but not great sound quality and aesthetics.There is no computer input.
Summary: If you are looking for top quality and you have the money, you can find much better models out there. However, if you are not very demanding from your TV and you need a cheap model, Panasonic TC-P42X1 in probably the best choice.
Pros: Good black levels, Fair price, Reasonable set of features, Good black levels, Fair price, Reasonable set of features
Cons: Good black levels, Fair price, Reasonable set of features, Uniformity issues, Color accuracy is not too great, Standard definition performance is mediocre
Why Less Is More When Shopping For A Whopping New TV
10 April 2011
Excerpt: Since its commercial deployment over half a century ago, no bit of household technology has enraptured the attention and the desires of man like the television. After all, we are exceptionally visual creatures. A man must love his TV; if not, he is genetically conditioned to go out (hunt) and get one (gather) that he does. It’s a biological imperative that a sub-par viewing experience is simply intolerable.
Excerpt: (1 items) Panasonic’s TC-P42X1 42-inch plasma HDTV set can accept a 1080p input, but it downscales the image to its native 720p resolution. This was the likely cause of the set’s biggest problem in our tests: a noticeable “screen-door” effect. Panasonic Viera TC-P42X1 Every digital screen is made of a grid of squares—namely, pixels. Ordinarily this grid is too small to notice when you’re watching the TV from the recommended viewing distance.