Panasonic TC-P50U2: Review Roundup / Specs

By Peter Chubb - Nov 22, 2010

There is no denying that Panasonic has a range of great Plasma HD TVS on the market, but who would have thought that one from its 2009 line up would still be doing well? The TC-P50U2 Plasma HDTV now has what is considered old tech inside, but can still hold its own against a number of 2010 spec TVs.

What makes this TV so special is its 600Hz Sub-field Drive, so if you are into sports, then the 50-inch VIERA TC-P50U2 is the TV for you. Some of the main specs are as follows: 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 6,144 shades of gradation, JPEG compatibility, and much more.

One reviewer on Amazon said that they were happy with the purchase of this television. They do point to the fact that the TC-P50U2 does not have anti-glare, but says that it is no such problem when you have a dark room, which is when the TV comes into its own. Get more buyer reviews here.

While looking on the Dell website we can see that one reviewer has left a huge review for this aging TV. The first thing mentioned is just how heavy the TV is, as well as a fear that image burn still exists on Plasmas TVs. The first reaction to the image quality was not that good, but all it took was a few adjustments to the contrast setting and all was fine. As for that burn image issue, it does not happen with the Panasonic TC-P50U2. Get more details on this and other reviews on Dell.

We also had a look on the Consumer reports website, and looking at the average user reviews, the TV scored an impressive 5 stars. Read all of the reviews here.

Do you own the Panasonic 50-inch VIERA TC-P50U2, what do you think?

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  • Jeff

    Yes, I found that I had to calibrate the picture settings to reach a level I'm happy with. But you're going to have to calibrate *any* television to achieve an optimum image for your veiwing environment. Just because a television set looks stunning on a showroom floor, doesn't mean you'll like how it looks in your living room. And with THX optimizers residing on so many DVD and Blu-ray discs, you've got the means to tweak away to your heart's content. I'm a very picky viewer, and it only took me a few minutes to be absolutely awed by what I saw.

    So the bottom line is this: If you pay full retail like I did, you'll be happy. If you find a holiday deal on one of these somewhere, you'll be even more happy. The last thing I see you doing is coming back here to post a "don't listen to this guy" remark. I don't work for Panasonic, and they don't pay me to say any of this. All the same, it's a pleasure to find something that I feel confident recommending to others–it doesn't happen often.

    Happy viewing!

  • Jeff

    Nope. No 3D. But given the state 3D is currently in, does it matter? Picture this: It's movie night. You've got a housefull of friends over. Would you want to find yourself worrying about having enough 3D glasses laying around–or would you simply want to put the movie into your player, push play, and enjoy? Trust me, if a movie isn't engrossing in 2D, it's going to lose its "wow" factor in 3D pretty quickly.

    Yes, it draws more power than an LCD. But unless you spend all day watching television, you're not suddenly going to see your power bill explode. We watch this set a lot, and haven't noticed much of a difference at all to our monthly bill.

  • Jeff

    I'm the guy who left that large review for this television on the Dell website, and I've got to say that I'm still absolutely in love with this set. In the past, most of my technology purchases quickly degraded into a reason to feel buyer's remorse–but that hasn't been the case here. I've been hearing that Black Friday deals on this set have been in the neighborhood of $700, but whether that's true or not… if you're reading this, chances are you're thinking about buying one. My advice is to go ahead and drop it in your cart.

    To recap:

    No, it doesn't have many bells and whistles. But considering how hard it's getting to buy a Blu-ray set top box without the features you'd otherwise pay extra for, why insist that they be present on your television unit? If you're like us and use a home theater PC, you've already at least got the means to provide them.

    • Peach

      Picked one up for the hearth room for $699 at BB during Black Friday. Can't beat the price versus size and image quality. Very happy with the purchase, and Noggin' never looked better for my 4 year old!