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Panasonic TX-42AS500
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Panasonic TX-42AS500

42" Flat Mar 2014
Screen Size HD Type Screen Shape WiFi Connection Release Date
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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus and whathifi.com the average expert rating of this mid-size TV is 70%.

Easy to Use

One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their Panasonic TX-42AS500 review “It does offer good colour settings” . One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good experience.

Nice Design

One customer who bought this TV mentioned that it was a good design. Whathifi.com mentioned in their review of this TV “Really cute design” and gave the Panasonic TX-42AS500 a score of 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic TX-42AS500 owner who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Whathifi.com said two years ago “Good smart features” in their review and rated it 4 stars.

Good Smart TV

One person who purchased this TV concluded that it had great smart functions.

Panasonic TVs Have Good Reviews

We checked 445 user and expert reviews for Panasonic TVs and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically for its mid-size TVs.

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Has a WiFi Connection

has a WiFi connection

The TX-42AS500 has a WiFi connection, unlike most of the other mid-size TVs that were released around the same time as the TX-42AS500 which do not have a WiFi connection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative televisions with a WiFi connection currently available including the Panasonic TX-L32E30[plb_30112_price], the Samsung UE48H6470[plb_2240459_price], or the Philips 47PFH5609[plb_2227335_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Low Power Consumption When Switched Off

At only 0.2 Watts, the TX-42AS500 has a fairly low power consumption when switched off compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for more than two years. The lowest power consumption when switched off of similar spec televisions that have been around for a comparable time to the TX-42AS500 is 0.01W, the highest is 0.5W, and the average power consumption when switched off is 0.28W.

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1080p Video Mode

This TV supports a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many mid-size TVs that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports Five Audio Formats

The TX-42AS500 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec televisions that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This television supports an MP3 audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by TVs of this spec and age. The audio formats "AAC", "FLAC", "WAV" and "WMA" are also supported by this Panasonic TV.

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Has One Smart Mode

The TX-42AS500 has a greater number of smart modes than most mid-size TVs that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found smart mode is Game, but this smart mode is not found on this television. The smart modes Hotel are also found on this Panasonic TV.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that it was not good in terms of connectivity. Digital Versus gave the product a score of 60 out of 100 and mentioned “Limited connectivity”.

Inferior Picture Quality

A few Panasonic TX-42AS500 owners agreed that the product did not have a good contrast ratio. Whathifi.com mentioned in their review of this TV “Poor contrast ratio” nonetheless they gave the Panasonic TX-42AS500 a rating of 80 out of 100.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have clouding visible in the picture. Two years ago Whathifi.com said “Fairly low risk of clouding”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “Risque de clouding contenu”.

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Does Not Support Smart TV Features

The Panasonic TX-42AS500 does not support smart TV features, although this is within the context that most of the other TVs of a similar age and spec to the TX-42AS500 also do not support smart TV features.

Alternative TVs which also support smart TV features that you might want to consider include the Samsung UE40H6700[plb_2232461_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec TVs that have been available for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The TX-42AS500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Televisions which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the LG 42LW579[plb_326450_price], or the Samsung UE40H6470[plb_2233881_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other mid-size TVs that came out more than two years ago, the TX-42AS500 does not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of alternative TVs which also have a built-in camera which you might want to look at including the UE46ES8000[pl_1355897_price], the UN46ES8000[pl_1484430_price], or the UE40F7000[pl_1494094_price] all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Only Supports Nine Video Formats

The number of video formats supported by the Panasonic TX-42AS500 is more than most similar spec TVs that have been on the market for more than two years. This television supports an MKV video format, which is the most frequently supported video format supported by televisions of a comparable age and spec to the TX-42AS500. The video formats "3GP", "AVI", "FLV", "M4V", "MP4", "TS", "VOB" and "WMV" are also supported by this Panasonic television.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of image formats supported by the TX-42AS500 is more than most mid-size TVs that have been around for more than two years. This Panasonic TV supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by TVs of this spec and age.

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Only Analog Tuner

This TV has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is typical of many TVs of this spec and age.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

The TX-42AS500 does not feature OLED technology. Most of the other mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago also do not feature OLED technology.

We compared this TV to all the other TVs with an OLED technology and we think the LOEWE Art 32[plb_2089147_price], or the Samsung UE46H7000[plb_2232247_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Slow Motion Interpolation Frequency

The motion interpolation frequencies of TVs of a comparable spec and age to the TX-42AS500 range from 50Hz to 1,800Hz, and the average motion interpolation frequency is 260Hz. With a motion interpolation frequency of only 100 hertz, the Panasonic TX-42AS500 has a quite slow motion interpolation frequency compared to most of the other similar spec TVs that have been around for around the same time as the TX-42AS500.

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Only Two HDMI Ports

The TX-42AS500 is a two HDMI port TV. Most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for a comparable time to the TX-42AS500 have between one and four HDMI ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic TX-42AS500 is a one USB 2.0 port television.

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Only Has Two Sound Modes

The Panasonic TX-42AS500 has a greater number of sound modes than most mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago. This television has a Music sound mode, which is the most commonly found sound mode found on televisions of this age and type. The sound mode "Standard" is also found on this TV.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic TX-42AS500

OK Running Costs

The efficiency rating of this television is A+, and the TX-42AS500 has an average running cost of £77 over 5 years based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 714 mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years.

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this television is Full HD, which is typical of many TVs of a comparable age and type 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 mid-size TV has been on the market for over two years.

Average Thickness

The TX-42AS500 has a relatively standard thickness (69 millimeters) compared to most of the other TVs that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 69mm thick TVs currently available that you might want to consider including the 40L6363[pl_1564514_price], or the 32L6353[pl_1571100_price] both from Toshiba or the Sony KDL-42W654[plb_1547019_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

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Motion Interpolation Technology
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Screen Format Adjustment
Display Diagonal
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Graphics Resolution
Vertical Viewing Angle
TV Tuner
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Smart TV
Audio
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
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
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
PC in Port
HDMI Port
Consumer Electronics Control
Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Networking
WiFi Connection
WLAN-Ready Connection
Bluetooth Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
Management Features
Smart Mode
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
OSD Language
Hotel Mode
Performance
Video Format
Audio Format
Image Format
Teletext Function
Child Lock
Game Mode
Local Dimming
Stored Teletext Page
Design
Colour
Ergonomics
VESA Mounting
Power
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Class
Annual Energy Consumption
Power Consumption When Switched Off
AC Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Weight
Package Weight
Weight (with Stand)
Depth (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
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Packaging Width
Packaging Content
Included 3D Glasses
Handheld Remote Control
Manual
Warranty Card
Quick Installation Guide
Operational Conditions
Technical Details
Other Features
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(2)
20 October 2014

The Panasonic does a lot ? and does it well. It may not produce the most subtle or natural picture on the market but, for a price that doesn't cost the earth, it's certainly worth a punt...

Crisp picture brimming with detail
Punchy, vibrant palette
Userfriendly interface
Good smart features
Good colour fidelity
Rivals produce more subtlety
Dark shades of colour often overdone
Poor contrast ratio
Narrow viewing angles
Disappointing responsiveness
1 September 2014

The Panasonic TX-42AS500E suffers the same faults as all IPS panels: poor contrast ratio and slow response time. Despite this, it does offer good colour settings, a well-rounded media player and...

Good colour fidelity
Connected services
Supports many multimedia files
Fairly low risk of clouding
Bright, detailed picture
Poor contrast ratio
Narrow viewing angles
Disappointing responsiveness
Black levels need to be deeper
Yellow tinge

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £75.31
Electricity cost when on standby £1.22
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Total running cost over 5 years £76.53
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Energy Rating
0.38T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.38 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
10
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 10 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers tx42as500, tx42as500y, tx42as500e, panasonic tx42as500, panasonic tx42as500b, refurbished tx42as500, refurbished tx42as500b
Barcodes 05025232772445, 05025232772957, 05025232773831

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