Panasonic TC-P42X60 (TCP42X60) Review

42 inch 720p Plasma HDTV

The TC-P42X60 is one of the two 42 inch plasma TVs available in the 2013/14 Panasonic lineup. It is a full blown budget model by dropping all 3D and internet functionality and using a 720p display. The resolution won't be an issue on a TV of this size as most cable and broadcast content is still 720p or 1080i. Picture quality is strong for a low end plasma and is a strong competitor against low end LCD and LED displays. This is truly a budget plasma and the price reflects the feature set.

Panasonic TC-P50X60
Even Panasonic plasmas at the bottom of the totem pole can produce some great colors. Black levels are also up to par on this budget plasma TV

Side Viewing Angles

An inherent advantage of choosing a plasma TV are the near perfect viewing angles. The TC-P42X60 does not see color and contrast degrade as you move through the viewing angles. Full contrast and color remain until you are unable to view the picture.

Black Level

Black levels are strong on the X60 series like most plasma TVs. There are no added bells and whistles like the Infinite Black Pro panels on the top end models, but the performance is strong anyway. Plasma technology has an advantage over budget LED and LCDs from the beginning, and it is aparent on the TCP42X60.

Panasonic TC-P42X60 Design
This shot shows off the design of the X60 series

Media Player

Since the X60 series forgoes any sort of internet connection, the USB media player might get some attention. This is useful for watching content, listening to music, or viewing photos from a USB source. It might be an external hard drive or a thumb drive. It is a great alternative to a Roku box or game console for bringing content to the TC-P42X60.


Being the budget model that it is, the TC-P42X60 has two HDMI connections and one USB port. The connectivity is very limited to begin with, so only having one USB port may not end up being an issue. If all you do is connect an external drive for watching content or viewing pictures every so often it should be perfect. Two HDMI connectors is pretty limiting, but won't ruin the value of the set.