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Panasonic Viera TH-L42D25S

The Viera TH-L42D25S is Panasonic’s current flagship LCD TV. This model is a major overhaul of its 2009 predecessor upgraded with lots of the latest technologies including edge-type LED lighting, Wi-Fi and Viera Cast Web content streaming. All in, this Viera is the Japanese electronics giant’s most enticing and feature-rich panel so far till the newer 2011 entries arrive.



With its 2010 range Panasonic has moved away from the glossy black color schemes of past years, but the results haven’t always been successful. For example, the company’s flagship television, the VT20, is an unusual shade of metallic brown, and this particular television is what you might call metallic purple. It’s a “love-it-or-hate it” color, for sure.

The television is thin thanks to some recent technology improvements. And for added convenience, it’s mounted on a swivel stand.

The remote control? Well, what do you want to know? It’s black. It’s oblong. It’s easy to operate.



The D25 is the most promising LCD range from Panasonic due to the number of features on offer, but it does attract a significant premium. At S$2,699 (US$2,097.29), the 42-inch offers us a full high-definition screen with 100Hz processing, plus it’s illuminated by an LED backlight.

But… the features! You get: USB media playback; Viera Cast Web content and DLNA streaming. You also get two USB ports to which can be connected to USB disks for media playback, a Wi-Fi dongle or even a Skype cam.

The D25 allows you to plug even more things into it. You get three HDMI ports, one set of component-video sockets, three composite-A/V inputs, Ethernet, digital out and an analog PC port.

Panasonic is the only company that lists the “moving resolution” of its panels. And while this is actually very helpful to the consumer, it’s not a selling point in this case. Moving resolution is how many lines the screen can display when there’s movement on the screen. The TV has an 800-line moving resolution, which is a little shy of 1080, but given the size of the screen we doubt this will be a problem. On the flipside, the company applies some “truthiness” with its claims of a two-million-to-one “dynamic” contrast ratio. You couldn’t measure that level of contrast–even with a space telescope. And besides, the Hubble guys are too busy finding aliens before they find us and trash New York. Again.


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