With a 60-inch screen the Panasonic TC-P60U50 plasma TV is an absolute monster and delivers an awesome home theater experience. Naturally the plasma display excels in producing smooth natural images which makes it ideal for movies and sports, and it has a genuine full HD display as well which makes this TV a real bargain considering its size.
The TC-P60U50 is in the U50 segment of Panasonic’s plasma Viera range. This segment delivers the excellent 1080p 600Hz display, but keeps the cost down by omitting features such as 3D, Wi-Fi and smart functions. If you can live without the extra bells and whistles and your primary requirement is the screen itself then this TV is ideal and is substantially cheaper than the models higher up the range.
The fact that it boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution is important for a screen of this size, anything lower wouldn’t be able to deliver the detail and clarity needed to do justice to HD content. To further enhance the experience the Panasonic TC-P60U50 also features 24p playback to ensure a smooth and accurate reproduction of cinema style viewing.
As you might have guessed, the Panasonic TC-P60U50 is a huge unit with the weight to match at around 100 pounds. It still manages to look sleek however – with classic Panasonic styling and an unobtrusive bezel. The stand feels heavy and sturdy which is reassuring considering the weight it supports.
The speakers provide an output of 20 W which is is reasonable as far as built-in audio goes. Obviously they can’t match up to the huge picture, you’ll need a home theater system for that, but they still put in a solid performance and are perfectly adequate for watching regular TV.
The Panasonic TC-P60U50 copes well with games and keeps input lag and burn-in issues to a minimum using its gaming mode. You can also stream music and video from a USB drive and a wide variety of formats are supported including MKV and MP4. It would have been nice to have full internet connectivity but some compromises have to be made if you want a 60-inch plasma at this price range.
Panasonic TC-P60U50 Features
- 60-inch 1080p plasma with 600Hz sub-field drive and 24p support
- Dedicated game mode to lower input lag and minimize burn-in issues
- Reasonable speakers although a home theater system would be beneficial
- Wide viewing angles + excellent contrast means dark scenes look great
- No internet but supports movie, photo and music streaming via USB
Overall the Panasonic TC-P60U50 is ideal if you want a high quality, massive plasma TV at a low price. Whilst the image quality isn’t compromised sacrifices are made in terms of connectivity and smart features to keep the cost down. But in providing a fantastic home cinema experience on a tighter budget the Panasonic TC-P60U50 excels.