We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Displays Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42in 1080p plasma TV

£1,499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is a 1080p 42in plasma that outshone all competitors in image quality. Indeed, our jury rated its picture higher than that of any other TV.

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is a 1080p 42in plasma that outshone all competitors in image quality. Indeed, our jury rated its picture higher than that of any other TV.

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U got high marks for overall picture quality in high-definition broadcasts and in disc-based content (Blu-ray, HD-DVD, and plain old DVD). We were particularly impressed by the superb detail, especially in people's skin and hair.

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U's performance wasn't quite as impressive in our standard-definition broadcast test. Colours here didn't pop out of the screen as vividly as they did with some TV sets, but the overall image was certainly acceptable. It managed considerably better with a standard-def DVD.

But to get a good picture, you must set up the TV properly, and the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U's unintuitive on-screen menus don't make this job any easier. For instance, in the Language section, with only 'English' displayed, we clicked okay. Nothing happened. We clicked the left arrow to go back to the previous menu, and the language selection switched to 'French'. After using the right arrow to return to 'English', we had to click the tiny Return button off to the side to go back a menu.

On the bright side, the menu for labelling input devices gives you the option of skipping them, which makes going from one input to another easier. (It would have been easier still if the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U automatically skipped the unoccupied ports.)

Physically, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is easy to set up, with most of the inputs on the back and facing outward. The exception is the single coaxial connector, which faces down. A flap on the front conceals extra component video and S-Video inputs, plus controls. Another front flap hides a smart-card reader for viewing photos right out of the camera.

Panasonic's large, heavy, programmable remote feels clunky, and the lower half has too many buttons, but your fingers go naturally to channel surfing and volume controls.

For the latest games and home entertainment news and reviews visit Digital World.

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Expert Verdict »

Panasonic TH42PZ700 reviews verified by Reevoo

Panasonic TH42PZ700Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
42in plasma TV
0.48mm pixel pitch
native resolution: 1920x1080 pixels
5000:1 contrast ratio
black cabinet
built-in speakers
primary colour controls
720p, 1080i, 1080p
ATSC tuner
infrared remote control
2x HDMI in
RF Coaxial
3x composite inputs
2x component inputs
3x RCA Audio input
2x RCA Audio output
optical output
SD Card slot
wall mount
  • Build Quality: We give this item 10 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U isn't cheap, and you don't get a lot of neat extra features for your money, but it does have an excellent picture.

  • Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 review

    Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1

    The Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 is an ultraportable laptop/convertible tablet PC capable of withstanding hard knocks and spilt drinks.

  • Panasonic SC-HC30DB review

    Panasonic SC-HC30DB

    The Panasonic SC-HC30DB is a mini hi-fi system that can play CDs, MP3s, and digital (DAB+) and FM radio. It also has an iPod/iPhone dock.

  • Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST30b review

    Panasonic Viera TX-P50ST30b

    The Panasonic TX-P50ST30b seems like a good deal for a 50-inch 3D HDTV, and it includes excellent wireless networking and Freeview capabilities, but the audio and video quality are both lacking.

  • Canon Pixma MX700 multifunction printer

    Canon Pixma MX700 multifunction printer

    The Canon Pixma MX700 colour inkjet multifunction printer offers strong overall performance for a comfortably midrange price.

  • LG Infinia 50PZ950T review

    LG Infinia 50PZ950T

    LG's Infinia 50PZ950T is an attractive 50-inch plasma TV set with good picture quality, plenty of Internet options, and excellent 3D graphics. Its only disadvantage is that navigating through its hundreds of apps and options can be a bit tricky.

IDG UK Sites

Windows 10 release date, price, features UK: Staggered release with PCs coming first this summer -...

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

How to get a job in design

IDG UK Sites

MacBook Pro 15in preview: better battery life, faster storage and a new discrete graphics chip may...