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Panasonic's cheaper plasma TVs often have many of the best features found in its pricier VT and GT ranges, and that's definitely the case with the 42-inch TX-P42UT50B. You can buy it for as little as £570 online, even though it uses the G15 panel seen on Panasonic's highly-rated plasmas that cost twice or three times the price. It also serves up the same Viera Cast smart TV system for streaming shows online. The weakest elements of Panasonic's TVs have for some time been the menu system and electronic programme guide (EPG). Unfortunately, nothing has changed on the TX-P42UT50B. It has exactly the same menus as other models in Panasonic's range including the ST50 and GT50 TVs. It looks very dated and relies on static screens that simply list options as yellow text on a blue background. The EPG lacks the graphical pizzazz of Samsung and LG models. On the plus side, the menus are straightforward to navigate as they're logically laid out, so it's easy to find stuff like the tuning menu and picture settings. As with the high-end models in Panasonic's range, by default, the picture settings are limited to the basic controls including contrast, brightness, colour and sharpness.
Panasonic has a reputation for producing high-quality plasma televisions, and with its 2012 models the company has not disappointed. The new lineup has single-handedly changed the level of quality we now expect from midrange televisions. The Panasonic TC-ST50 series redefined the picture quality/value equation, and the UT50 series is very close behind. As the least-expensive 2012 Panasonic plasma series with 55- and 60-inch sizes, the UT50 series is positioned as a value option, and while it misses a couple of features of the ST50 series, it still boasts very impressive picture quality. Black levels on the UT50 series are about the same as what we saw on the superb flagship TC-P55VT30 a year ago, which is almost unbelievable in such a cheap TV, and while the sparse color controls give little wiggle room, color accuracy isn't an issue. Two main extras go missing: the UT50 lacks the ST50's "louver" screen filter and so looks worse when the lights are on. It also has a limited number of connections, with no onboard Wi-Fi and only three video inputs in total, including just two HDMI ports. If you have lots of outboard gear you may need to use an external device for switching.