Panasonic TC-PX5

The Good The cheap Panasonic TC0PX5 series displays plenty of shadow detail and has better black levels than some LCDs at the same price or higher. The TV is able to properly display interlaced content from Blu-rays as well as the correct cadence for 24p content.

The Bad The Panasonic X5 has very poor color accuracy, with a green cast to both shadows and skin tones.

The Bottom Line The entry-level Panasonic X5's color problems make it the worst choice among the year's cheap plasmas.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
4.9 Overall

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Review

Panasonic TC-PX5

In CNET's lists of the best 2012 televisions, no lineup dominates like Panasonic's plasmas. No matter whether you pay $700 for a U50 or $3,700 for a VT50, our tests and observations have demonstrated that models across the entire range are the televisions to buy at their respective prices. But cracks had to appear somewhere, and in the Panasonic X5, they have. This is the only Panasonic plasma I don't recommend. In fact, much like many of the company's LCD and LED TVs, I encourage you to actively avoid it.

The X5 smacks of an effort to simply fill in a price point, and quality has ultimately suffered. While there are no features to speak of -- this is to be expected at the entry level -- it's the picture quality that lets it down. Black levels are fairly average, but shadow detail would be good if shadows weren't so green. There is a green cast to everything that makes skin tones in particular look very sickly. This TV is unfortunately the opposite of accurate -- if you only watch rain forest documentaries, it might be fine, but for everyone else this is a pretty disappointing TV compared with other cheap alternatives like the Samsung PNE450.

Series information: I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50X5, but this review also applies to the 42-inch screen size. The two sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $600
  • Brand Panasonic
  • Type Plasma
  • Diagonal Class 50 in
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model Panasonic TC-P50X5

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