Product Type: Panasonic 3D Plasma
Newest Review: ... for the most technically literate but also simple enough for those less so. Its pretty much plug it in and set up starts pretty much aut... more
Quality and easy to use
Member Name: robertcheadle
Advantages: Good quality
I have a number of panasonic products so when I needed (wanted) a new tv I was not disappointed when looking at this product in store.
The tv is 42 inch plenty big enough for a normal sized living room. Its a plasma which are deemed better than LCD/LED for anything over 40 inches. It is quite weighty so make sure you have a sufficiently robust cabinet/base.
Now the important things. I have it connected to a normal aerial and the picture quality is excellent. I think the aerial has a big part to play in this. The picture has never pixelated like other tvs i have owned.
The instruction booklet is comprehensive for the most technically literate but also simple enough for those less so. Its pretty much plug it in and set up starts pretty much automatically
The ease of use is made even easy when its connected to other panasonic products through the viera link which means you can use one remote control for tv, dvd, surround sound, camcorder all through an on screen menu.
It has 3 hdmi ports which is more important than you would think. Some comparable machnes only have 2. The 3 ports allow connection of any combination of dvd/hdd, surround sound, satellite box, games console. I have the dvd/hdd, srround sound and games console (a fourth port would of been nice but I could not find anything price comparable that did. I wish all the manufacturers would just add the extra ports). You can get either mechanical or electrical switching boxes ranging from £5 to £100+ where you plug extra cables in to allow you to switch between devices if needed so you don't have to unplug cables.
Note that one of these ports is on the side of the tv and 2 on the back.
The guide menu is standard panasonic where you cannot watch in picture or even the sound. I have read that the new 2012 range of tvs (atleast the tvs) have this function so panasonic do listen to feedback from customers!!!!
The remote is pretty straight forward good quality with large enough buttons that its use becomes intuitive. In three years of daily use all the numbers and other writig is still in pristine condition and has not worn off.
The sound is crystal clear, you have the choices of virtual surround sound amongst other setting. I have not really figured out what difference they make but the sound is fine whichever setting is used
The quality is what you would hope for from premium brand and it bought throuigh John Lewis you get a standard 5 year warranty. I have not doubt it will easily last 5 years so amazon will certainy have some good deals.
If you want a quality tv that will last, has a great picture and will be compatible with other electrical components for years to come then you won't go wrong with tone of these.
Summary: Excellent TV