Panasonic TC-L42U25 Review – 42-inch LCD HDTVOriginally Reviewed on June 8th, 2010
Panasonic TC-L42U25 Review: 42” LCD HDTV
Up for Review: Panasonic TC-L42U25 LCD TV. This model from Panasonic misses out on the LED backlights and is a true LCD TV. But this 42-inch set has the full HD 1080p resolution which is vital for watching movies in the Blu-ray disc player. This 1080p resolution offers much better picture quality and the images are perfectly clear and natural with more well defined contours. Like most Panasonic LCD TVs released this year, this model also has a viewing angle of 178 degrees. With this feature, you don’t have to fight for the seat right in front of the TV. A little to the left or right will also give you good quality pictures without any fading. The aspect ratio of 16:9 also allows good viewing of the pictures.
This model has an EEFL backlight which gives considerably good brightness while keeping an eye on the energy conservation issues. Other distinctive features include progressive scan, 24p playback and motion focus technology. All these features are designed to give you as near a quality as possible as that of the original source. The dynamic contrast of 20,000:1 is not as mind blowing as that of the Plasma TVs but suffices to give clear pictures with good black levels. The images with darker portions can be well discerned because of this contrast ratio.
Panasonic TC-L42U25 Features and Specifications Review:
- 42″ Screen
- 1080p Resolution
- 24p Smooth film
- 120Hz motion picture Pro 4
- IPS panel
- Intelligent Scene Controller
- VIERA Image Viewer(TM)
- VIERA Link(TM)
- PC input
- Game Mode
- 3 HDMI inputs
- Fine Black Panel
The IPS panel is very much responsible for adding to the crispness in the picture quality. It helps you to see the TV from any angle and still get a good view. The 120 Hz motion picture Pro 4 allows the images to flit by without any blurring in the scenes. You can enjoy watching action scenes like car races and sword fights without any effects of trailing behind of frames. The IPS panel accentuates the visual look of the TV which is quite like the regular LCD TVs with a slim black bezel with only the Panasonic logo at the center of the bottom edge. Most of the controls are at the side or the back. The back also carries all the ports.
Panasonic has kept intact the Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link in most of its TVs. With the help of the Viera Image Viewer, you can add glamour to your photos by watching them on the 42-inch screen in 1080p resolution. There are 3 HDMI to connect high definition devices like the Blu-ray player to the TV. The Viera Link technology is provided to help control all these devices with a single remote. This removes the clutter along with confusion of handling too many remotes at the same time. This model is a good one in many ways, especially if you want a basic TV from a reputable manufacturer for not too high a price.
HDTVUniverse.com gives Panasonic TC-L42U25 3/5 stars!