Conclusion: The Panasonic TH-42PX50U is a capable entry-level plasma television that provides impressive imagery when displaying DVD video, but it lacks the resolution required to show the finer details of HDTV.
Pros: Good color quality right out of the box. Appealing style. Well-designed remote control.
Cons: Only one digital video input. Non-removable speaker. Limited image-scaling options. Lacks advanced color controls. No picture-in-picture options.
Conclusion: The TH-42PX50U is a pleasure to watch, easy to operate and packed with the essential connectors and features. It could use another HDMI input and front or side inputs for external sources, but overall it’s a great TV at a great price. Panasonic doesn’t list a lifetime rating for this TV in the specs, but if it did, those hours would be at the normal picture mode versus the vivid setting most people will opt for.
Pros: Competitively priced; HDMI input, Cable Card access; good picture
Cons: No DVI inputs; only one HDMI input; no electronic program guide; no side inputs