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Panasonic TX-42A400
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Panasonic TX42A400B

42" 100Hz Flat Mar 2014
Screen Size HD Type Refresh Rate Screen Shape Release Date
Outstanding Image Quality Panasonic A400 Series TVs deliver high contrast high definition images with vibrant colour and outstanding contrast, courtesy of Panasonic's V-Real Pro picture processing... More
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7 Reasons For

Easy to Use

One Panasonic TX-42A400 owner who bought this TV thought it was easy to assemble. Digitalmediaandit.com said “Easy to construct” in their review of the Panasonic TX-42A400 yet they only scored the Panasonic TX-42A400 60 out of 100.

Good High Def TV

One customer who bought this TV thought it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Good Connectivity

One Panasonic TX-42A400 reviewer who reviewed it mentioned that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Expert review site Digitalmediaandit.com said “Connecting to a Sky HD box via one of the two HDMI sockets was easy, even with the wall mounte” but they only gave it a rating of 3 stars.

Good Smart TV Features

One Panasonic TX-42A400 owner who reviewed it considered that it was good for watching Freeview TV. Expert review site Digitalmediaandit.com wrote in October last year “Auto-tuning was quick and painless with Freeview HD giving excellent results” yet they gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

Nice Design

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert review site Digitalmediaandit.com wrote “The screen bezel is very small which contributes to a pleasing overall appearance” in their review of the Panasonic TX-42A400.

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average reviews for its mid-size TVs as well as across its entire TV range compared to other manufacturers.

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Supports Five Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the TX-42A400 is more than most TVs of a comparable spec and age to it. This TV supports an MP3 audio format, which is the most frequently supported audio format supported by TVs of a comparable spec and age to the TX-42A400. The audio formats "AAC", "FLAC", "WAV" and "WMA" are also supported by this television.

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14 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Expert review website digitalmediaandit.com scored this mid-size TV 60 out of 100. If all the mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years are ranked by average expert review score then this TV is in the bottom 14%.

Inferior Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it did not have good colour saturation. Digitalmediaandit.com mentioned in their review of this TV “Inaccurate colours” and rated the product 60 out of 100.

Does Not Have a WiFi Connection

Most TVs of a similar spec and age to the TX-42A400 do not have a WiFi connection. The TX-42A400 is no exception to this as it too does not have a WiFi connection.

We think you might also be interested in alternative TVs which also have a WiFi connection including the KDL-32WD754[pl_3406106_price], or the KDL-32W706[pl_2143402_price] both from Sony or the Samsung UE32H6400[plb_2232460_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Smart TV Features

Most comparable spec televisions that are a similar age to the TX-42A400 do not support smart TV features. The Panasonic TX-42A400 is no exception to this as it too does not support smart TV features.

We compared all the other TVs which also support smart TV features to this TV and we think the KDL-32WD754[pl_3406106_price], or the KDL-32W706[pl_2143402_price] both from Sony or the LG 42LB5610[plb_2357718_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The TX-42A400 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec TVs that were released around the same time as the TX-42A400 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a TV that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the UE32H6400[pl_2232460_price], or the UE48H6200[pl_2234258_price] both from Samsung or the LG 42LB650[plb_2229284_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The Panasonic TX-42A400 does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth noting that most of the other TVs of this spec and age also do not have a built-in camera.

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Only Supports Nine Video Formats

The TX-42A400 has a greater number of video formats than most televisions of a comparable age and type to it. This television supports an MKV video format, which is the most commonly supported video format supported by TVs that are a comparable age to the TX-42A400. The video formats "3GP", "AVI", "FLV", "M4V", "MP4", "TS", "VOB" and "WMV" are also supported by this Panasonic TV.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Panasonic TX-42A400 has a greater number of image formats than most TVs of this spec and age. This TV supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by TVs of a similar type and age to the TX-42A400.

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Only Analog Tuner

This television has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is the most frequently found tuner on TVs of this age and type.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

Most comparable spec televisions that have been available for around the same time as the TX-42A400 do not feature OLED technology. The Panasonic TX-42A400 is no exception to this as it too does not feature OLED technology.

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Very Slow Motion Interpolation Frequency

At only 100 hertz, the TX-42A400 has a quite slow motion interpolation frequency compared to most of the other televisions of this spec and age. The motion interpolation frequencies of mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the TX-42A400 range from 50Hz to 1,800Hz, and the average motion interpolation frequency is 260Hz.

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Only Two HDMI Ports

The Panasonic TX-42A400 is a two HDMI port television. Most of the other mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the TX-42A400 have between one and four HDMI ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic TX-42A400 is a one USB 2.0 port TV. Most of the other televisions of a similar age and spec to the TX-42A400 have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Fairly High Power Consumption When Switched Off

With a power consumption when switched off of 0.35 Watts, the TX-42A400 has one of the higher power consumptions when switched off amongst televisions of this age. The power consumptions when switched off of mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years range from 0.01W to 0.5W.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic TX-42A400

OK Running Costs

This TV is rated A+ for energy efficiency. Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the TX-42A400 is £84, which is typical compared to the other 714 televisions of this age and spec.

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec televisions that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This television was released over two years ago.

Average Refresh Rate

With a refresh rate of 100 hertz, the TX-42A400 has a fairly typical refresh rate compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that are a similar age to the TX-42A400.

Alternative 100Hz refresh rate TVs currently available which you might also want to consider include the TX-32AS600[pl_2197500_price], or the TX-39AW404[pl_2280197_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony KDL-32R415[plb_2291807_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a faster refresh rate then you might also want to look at the 32L3441[pl_2364571_price] (200Hz and higher rated), or the 40L5441[pl_2404576_price] (200Hz and higher rated) both from Toshiba or the Sony KDL-32WD754[plb_3406106_price] (200Hz and higher rated).

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Average Thickness

At 69 millimeters, the TX-42A400 has a pretty typical thickness compared to most of the other televisions of this type and age.

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Specification

Display
Screen Size
HD Type
3D Compatible
Refresh Rate
Screen Shape
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Motion Interpolation Technology
Display Resolution
Display Diagonal
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Vertical Viewing Angle
TV Tuner
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Smart TV
Smart TV Features
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Subwoofer
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
Dolby Technology
Sound Mode
Audio Decoder
Audio Decoding Technology
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
Ethernet LAN Port
SCART Port
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
PC in Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
Management Features
Sleep Timer
On/off Timer
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
On Screen Display Language
OSD Language
Performance
Video Format
Audio Format
Image Format
Teletext Function
Local Dimming
Stored Teletext Page
Design
Colour
Ergonomics
Wall Mountable
VESA Mounting Interface
On/off Switch
VESA Mounting
Power
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Class
Input Frequency
Annual Energy Consumption
Power Consumption When Switched Off
AC Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Weight
Package Weight
Weight (with Stand)
Depth (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Packaging Height
Packaging Width
Packaging Content
Desktop Stand
Handheld Remote Control

Expert Reviews

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The screen bezel is very small which contributes to a pleasing overall appearance.Auto-tuning was quick and painless with Freeview HD giving excellent results. Connecting to a Sky HD box via one... Read more…

Decent viewing angles
Good media file support via USB
Easy to construct
Low input lag
Wystarczajcy obraz i dwik
Weak blacks
Excessive clipping
Inaccurate colours
Tylko 2 x HDMI
1 x USB

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £81.72
Electricity cost when on standby £2.13
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Total running cost over 5 years £83.85
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Energy Rating
0.42T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
11
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic tx42a400, panasonic tx42a400b
Barcodes 05025232772506, 05025232773022

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