Panasonic Viera TC-P42G25 1080p Plasma TV

Model: Panasonic Viera TC-P42G25
Description: 42" Full 1080P HD Plasma TV
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
Date: Fall 2010

Panasonic TC-P42G25 Review
This shot from the Fifth Element shows the unusually high brightness and color saturation of the Panasonic G25 series.

The TC-P42G25 is Panasonic's next to highest end offering for 2010. The only features lacking in this model from the highest end VT25 series is 3D capability. It does contain the new Skype enabled feature, has all the current Internet connectivity options and has THX certifications for picture calibrations and settings. How does it stack up against the competition? Read here to find out.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Extra Brightness, light throughput
  • Rich Color
  • Perfect Side Angle Viewing
  • TV Good for Bright Rooms
  • Price/Value
  • Difficult Calibration, unstable color
  • Background noise and graininess (Processing)
  • Over saturated Colors
  • Boring yesteryear appearance with 3.5" depth
  • Remote Control and Menu Functionality sub par

Panasonic TC-P42G25 Review
This shot from Perfume shows good shadow detail in the clothing from a standard definition DVD.

Features: Internet connectivity is a major feature of this TV. Panasonic calls the Internet feature Viera Cast, Options are limited in our opinion and currently they include to Pandora, Bloomberg, Amazon Video on Demand, Skype, and Picasa. Fox Sports and twitter are supposedly coming soon. Notably, there is no Netflix feature. Skype is a highlight. When we hooked up the Internet options on the G25 there had already been a software update, so it's good that Panasonic is actively supporting the Internet options feature.

Panasonic TC-P42G25 Review
The you tube Internet option on the Panasonic TC-P42G25.

Panasonic TC-P42G25 Review
The Bloomberg News Service Internet option on the Panasonic TC-P42G25.

Aesthetic Considerations: Perhaps appearance gets less important as the TV size decreases. I guess that would make sense. Panasonic answered "not present" in the looks and aesthetics contest for 2010. This years TV aesthetics and almost all other the 2010 models look the same even with their top end entries. The G25's appearance hearkens back to yesteryear. The bezel framing is black gloss plastic at 2" on top and 2.25" on the sides giving the TV a large frame with no real design quality. The dark teal color of the screen (when off) contrasts with the black gloss frame in an unappealing manner. Panel depth at 3.5" also ignores the trend toward thin and sleek.

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
Left: We were not fans of the unattractive contrast between the wide 2.25" bezel and the dark teal green screen on the G25
Right: Side angle view of the Panasonic G25 inputs

As we go to press with this review the TC-P42G25 sells for around $950 from an online authorized dealer. This is a big jump from panasonic's own TC-P42S2 so if you do not need Internet options I would steer you there. Neither Samsung nor LG manufacturer anything this high end in the 42" size. The real competition comes from LCD makers such as the Samsung UN40C6300 LED or the Samsung LN40C650 or the LG 42LD550.

Rating scale from 70 (denoting poorest quality) to 100 (signifying the very best quality). Picture quality is double-weighted in the Overall Rating Score calculation.



 



Review Equipment Used: Sony Blu Ray BDP-S1 High Definition DVD player, Sony DVP-S50 DVD player, Sencore Color Pro 5000, Sencore Auto Cal Pro, Sencore signal generator, SpectreCal X-rite Pro Meter Reader, Cal Man Software.

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