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Panasonic TX-42AS500

42" Flat Mar 2014
Display Diagonal HD Type Screen Shape Wi-Fi Release Date
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11 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This Panasonic TV has an average expert rating of 70 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus and whathifi.com.

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 Televisions Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Panasonic televisions and also specifically for Panasonic mid-size TVs and found that in both cases Panasonic had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Has a Wi-Fi

has a wi-Fi

Unlike most of the other mid-size TVs that have been available for a comparable time to the TX-42AS500 which do not have a wi-Fi, the TX-42AS500 has a wi-Fi.

Other televisions with a wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic TX-L32E30[plb_30112_price], the Toshiba L4353[plb_2590649_price], or the Philips 47PFH5609/88[plb_2227335_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Low Power Consumption (off)

The lowest power consumption (off) of mid-size TVs that were released more than two years ago is 0.01W, the highest is 0.5W, and the average power consumption (off) is 0.26W. The Panasonic TX-42AS500 has one of the lower power consumption (off)s (only 0.2 Watts) amongst comparable spec TVs of this age.

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Supports Nine Video Formats Supporteds

supports nine video formats supporteds

The number of video formats supported by the TX-42AS500 is more than most TVs of this spec and age. This TV supports an MKV video formats supported, which is the most frequently supported video formats supported supported by TVs of this spec and age. The video formats supporteds "3GP", "AVI", "FLV", "M4V", "MP4", "TS", "VOB" and "WMV" are also supported by this television.

MP4 stands for Moving Pictures Expert Group 4.

WMV stands for Windows Media Video.

AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave.

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Supports Five Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the Panasonic TX-42AS500 is more than most mid-size TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This television supports an MP3 audio formats supported, which is the most frequently supported audio formats supported supported by TVs of this spec and age. The audio formats supporteds "AAC", "FLAC", "WAV" and "WMA" are also supported by this Panasonic TV.

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Has Four Smart Modess

The number of smart modes found on the TX-42AS500 is more than most mid-size TVs that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found smart modes is Game, but this smart modes is not found on this TV. The smart modess Cinema, Dynamic, Personal and Standard are also found on this television.

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11 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

Like most of the other TVs of this spec and age, the TX-42AS500 does not support smart TV.

There are a number of other TVs which also support smart TV that you might also want to consider including the UE40H6590[pl_2256427_price], or the UE40H6470[pl_2233881_price] both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Most comparable spec TVs that are a similar age to the TX-42AS500 are not 3D. The TX-42AS500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you would prefer a television that is 3D then you might want to consider the 48PFK6409[pl_2201783_price], or the 47PFK7109[pl_2165072_price] both from Philips or the LG 42LW579[plb_326450_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most televisions that have been on the market for around the same time as the TX-42AS500 do not have a built-in camera. The TX-42AS500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of other TVs which also have a built-in camera which you might want to consider including the UE46ES8000S[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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Very High Running Costs

Whilst this TV has an energy efficiency rating of A+, the TX-42AS500 has an average running cost of £149 over 5 years based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 11% of all 670 TVs of this spec and age.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of image formats supported by the TX-42AS500 is more than most TVs of a comparable age and type to it. This TV supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by TVs that were launched around the same time as the TX-42AS500.

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Only Analog Tuner Type

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

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

Like most of the other televisions of a similar age and type to the TX-42AS500, the TX-42AS500 does not feature OLED technology.

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Only Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

Most televisions of this spec and age have between one and four HDMI ports quantitys, including the Panasonic TX-42AS500 which has two HDMI ports quantitys.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

The TX-42AS500 is a one USB 2.0 ports quantity television.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic TX-42AS500

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this television is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on similar spec TVs that are a comparable age 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 Three Years Ago

This TV was released over three years ago.

Average Depth

The TX-42AS500 has a relatively average depth (69 millimeters) compared to most of the other TVs that are a comparable age to the TX-42AS500.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 69mm thick TVs currently available including because of it's better review score, the 32L6353[pl_1571100_price], or the 40L6363DG[pl_1564514_price] both from Toshiba.

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Specification

Display
Display Diagonal
HD Type
3D
Screen Shape
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Motion Interpolation Technology
Display Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Display Diagonal (metric)
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Viewing Angle, Vertical
TV Tuner
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner Type
Audio
Audio System
RMS Rated Power
Number of Loudspeakers
Built-In Speaker(s)
Dolby Technology
Sound Modes
Audio Decoders
Audio Decoding Technologies
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Outputs
Common Interface Plus (CI+)
Common Interface (CI)
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
RF Ports Quantity
SCART Ports Quantity
Digital Audio Optical Out
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
DVI Port
PC in (D-Sub)
HDMI Ports Quantity
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC)
Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Management Features
Smart Modes
On Screen Display (OSD)
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
Number of OSD Languages
Picture-and-Text
Hotel Mode
Performance
Video Formats Supported
Audio Formats Supported
Image Formats Supported
Teletext Function
Child Lock
Ambient Light Sensor
Teletext
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Ergonomics
Wall Mountable
On/off Switch
VESA Mounting
Power
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (standby)
Energy Efficiency Class
Input Frequency
Annual Energy Consumption
Power Consumption (off)
AC Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Certificates
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Depth
Weight
Package Weight
Weight With Stand
Depth (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Package Height
Package Width
Packaging Content
Desktop Stand
Batteries Included
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Manual
Quick Installation Guide

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 £147.42
Electricity cost when on standby £1.22
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Total running cost over 5 years £148.64
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Energy Rating
0.74T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.74 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
19
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 19 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers tx42as500, tx42as500y, tx42as500e
Barcodes 05025232772445, 05025232772957, 05025232773831

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