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Written by Andrew Lomar   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:00

It's fair to say this generation of Panasonic TV's has had a bit of a rough ride, with model after model garnering lukewarm verdicts. We're sorry to say that the TX-P42G15B continues the trend.

It does kick off with a rather exciting specification, though. It boasts not only Freesat, but 600Hz sub field drive motion processing, internet connectivity and network streaming via its ethernet socket, as well as four HDMIs. It's one of Panasonic's high-end. NeoPDP plasma panels, too.

Impressive black levels

That panel certainly has its benefits. Play The hurt Locker on Blu-Ray and its recreation of blacks lends extra foreboding to the night-drenched streets of Iraq as the soldiers search for bombs. The Pana's insight means we see virtually everything, and when they open fire, muzzle flashes are realistically bright and punchy.

It's not all good news, though. Even on the "cool" setting, colors are warmer than they should be, with a touch of pink to whites tones.

Generally speaking, this isn't unpleasant, but on occasion it can add an unnatural vividness to skin tones. The other disappointment is that its 600Hz processing makes so little difference to motion: it's decent, but not as stable as the best on test.

Detail levels are marginally lower than the best when playing a Blu-ray, but the gap widens when you switch to standard-definition DVD the characters and sets of Funny People look a touch on the soft side, expecially in comparison with the Samsung. 

Having said that, the picture is certainly clean and stable, and black levels continue to impress.

When it comes to the Freesat and Freeview tuners, the result is as we'd expect: there's not much to choose between the two. A little extra control alongside HD content will ensure those with a satellite will opt for Freesat, but both tuners are respectable, if a bit over-exposed in colors  when pushed.

Like the rest of the performance, the Panasonic's sound is reasonable, if unexciting.  And, that's the best way to sum this TV up:  it won't annoy you, but it won't excite you too much, either. Panasonic fans will be hoping the company's next generation puts them back among the class leaders. Quote this article on your site

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Ardi   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-04-21 10:35:51
Thank you very much for this great review, I am actually considering on getting
this TV for myself now!
Gwen   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-18 11:14:28
Get one, you will probably be satisfied. My friend has it and it turned out to
be absolutely great, she has had it for a few months till now
ross f.   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-04-21 10:50:14
i have got this tv for so long and it's great

i recommend this
tv to all people who need a new tv because it's great and very cheap!!!!
Henry   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-04-22 11:04:47
Panasonic is superb for the sounding system! It has a marvelous sound system and
it also displays the picture crystal clear! Best of all, it is very cheap and
anyone can afford them!
T. Mousse   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-17 20:14:30
That and they have a good sound display as well
Jenna   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-04-27 23:49:06
well yeah, panasonic is great but what i dont like about them is that they are
sometimes a little expensive so i dont agree with you guys, but they offer too
much!
TwilightFan   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-17 10:28:18
I just cant wait to play The Hurt Locker on Blu-Ray on this TV once it will be
delivered, I ordered it and it will come here on Thursday, I cant wait, and of
course, I will watch Twilight and New Moon and Eclipse once it gets out on Blu
Ray,

TwilightFan
samuel   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-17 17:19:59
i just loveee how you mention all those good movies, i have a similar panasonic
to this, all i need are the movies in blu ray..... and maybe im getting funny
people to watch it!
charline   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-18 11:01:34
definitely watch it, its about some comedians and adam sandler is really great,
watch it !!
S1M0N3   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-17 20:19:32
this tv is gr8, my bf has it and she luvs it
charline   |91.187.103.xxx |2010-05-18 11:00:52
thanks for this great article i never heard of panasonic txp42g15b before but
now i want it!!!!!
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