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Panasonic TX-P42G15B

Thursday 24 December 2009


Rating of 5

The basics

The Panasonic TX-P42G15 is a 42-inch “NeoPDP” plasma television with a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, built-in Freesat tuner, four HDMI inputs and networking capabilities allowing you to access digital videos, music and photos from any DLNA compliant device, as well as Viera Cast Internet services.

The good

The TX-P42G15 doesn’t skimp on the features. Despite its affordable price tag, this plasma TV offers a wealth of bells and whistles including a Freesat tuner and DLNA networking talents. The former means you can get a full broadcast service which is like a better version of Freeview: you get much the same channel line-up, plus BBC HD and ITV HD, and as with Freeview there’s no monthly fee to shell out (you just need a satellite dish to rig it up to). The latter lets you stream media files over your home network, and the networking skills also mean you can access a host of web apps via Panasonic’s Viera Cast service. It’s no slouch in the picture stakes either, delivering deep, bottomless blacks but never at the expense of a bright image – in fact, it’s almost as bright and punchy as an LCD TV picture, which is unusual for a plasma TV. There’s also a 600Hz processing mode to enhance the fluidity of motion, and it works well.

The bad

There’s not much to dislike about the TX-P42G15, although you do have to put in a bit of work in the menu screens to get the picture looking at its best – as is often the case with TVs, the factory settings veer a little towards the ker-azy in order to show off just how dynamic and punchy the telly can be.

The bottom line

For the price it’s hard to think of a better performing plasma TV, or one packed with so many features. If Freesat, media playback and Internet connectivity are all things you look for in a TV, the Panasonic TX-P42G15 hits all these marks perfectly.
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User comments (12)

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John Donaghy

Bought this TV about 1 month ago. Absolutely fantastic crystal clear picture. Even better when hooked up to Blu-Ray.Bought it from Panasonic, comes with 5 year Guarantee at less than £1000. Great Value.

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Kish P

Also just bought it, before the VAT increase. Got it from a Panasonic dealer aswell with the 5 year panasonic guarantee. Great TV! it does everything with stunning picture quality well worth it for £900 and they even come and install the freesat dish for me. A must buy!

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The site gives this 5 Gs, but the embedded video only gives it 2. I almost bought this thinking it was highly rated before watching the video- not good!

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Oh also this statement "If Freesat, media playback and Internet connectivity are all things you look for in a TV, the Panasonic TX-P42G15 hits all these marks perfectly." Totally contradicts the presenter's opinion in the vid.

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A bit off-topic I know but the new G20 with Freesat HD and Freeview HD is at Costco for £822 and that's with 5 year guarantee, got one on Saturday, great picture the sound is good too. If you want to play with advanced settings you can with access to all of the colour balance levels, gamma etc. with variable level optical out and even an eq! The motion is smooth and blur free. Makes lcd look wishy washy.

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A couple of months ago I bought the 50" version of this Panasonic with a 5year guarantee from a well know department store. I am extremly pleased with the quality of the picture and the features of Freesat and Freeview available. Well worth the money!

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tv ranges change several times a year with updates so how come these reviews are 9 months old ? are there really no improvements since then on any tv ?

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if you want one get one.if you got one good buy

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I did A B testing with this against all similar makes and models and it looked the best. Picture quality amazing even when close viewing or showing standard definition signal

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John Quattromini

Bought one of these just over 2 years ago. Main AV Board now defunct and set no longer operational. Panasonic Customer Relations non existent and must pay £150 to maybe get a working tv back - and for how long? The tv may look great, with great pictures etc but it's pretty useless if it only lasts 2 yaers after paying about £1000 for it. Its just not good enough from a manifacturer the size of Panasonic. The Gadget Show should have identified this standard problem before promoting what is a flawed product.

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