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Panasonic TX-L42WT50

Friday 27 April 2012


Rating of 4

The basics

The Panasonic TX-L42WT50 is trendy a 42-inch LCD TV with 3D support, four HDMI ports, three USB, an SD card slot, Bluetooth support for keyboards, headphones and compatible speakers, an LAN port for wired internet connections and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless online capability.

The good

The first thing that catches eye is the stunning design of the Panasonic TX-L42WT50. Its clean lines throughout are a joy to behold. On, or switched off, the TX-L42WT50 is a thing of beauty. On looks alone, the TX-L42WT50 instantly feels like a premium bit of kit. An impressive array of ports offers much flexibility when it comes to getting the most from this sexy bit of kit. Four HDMI ports are enough to let you hook the TX-L42WT50 up to a console and Blu-ray player with room to spare. The addition of three USB ports means you can share pictures and media from other sources. And with Wi-Fi support you’ll be able to wirelessly browse the web. The dual-core processor inside make for good performance when multitasking between multiple television apps such as Skype or YouTube. A healthy selection of apps include BBC iPlayer, Skype, twitter, Facebook, Netflix and more prove to be entertaining and worthwhile additions should you wish to watch music videos or a film on demand. 

Picture quality is excellent. Pictures are clear, bright, colourful and full of detail, even when viewed in 3D. In 3D pictures have a tendency to look darker than they should, but the TX-L42WT50 excels in delivering utterly beautiful pictures free of unwanted judder. In 2D the quality is even better. And that’s saying something. The TX-L42WT50 has no real problems handling anything that can be thrown at it, even the fastest paced Hollywood action movie.

The bad

Panasonic appears to have thought of everything by supplying a remote with a touchpad for navigating the vast app menus. However it is too small, not offering enough space for your fingers. The touchpad is not sensitive either: requiring a little too much pressure to confirm choices. The only slight niggle in terms of picture quality is that on very rare occasions do some blacks look slightly grey. However a Dimmer Control lets you adjust the black level performance. That said you will barely notice it.

The bottom line

The Panasonic TX-L42WT50 is a superb television that excels itself in both 2D and 3D. An impressive array of HDMI ports and an attractive design to go with its awesome picture quality make it one of our favourites.
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I have this television and I won't be changing it until Panasonic bring out their OLED television probably the Mark II version. The TX-L42WT50B is a great television. The picture is brilliant and the 3D picture is very good; especially when watching Avatar in 3D. I didn't notice that it was dark. I thought it looked very crisp and clear. The Apps are also very good and the response is very quick. I will give this years (2013) televisions a miss as they (Panasonic) are not using 3D active.

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