89
Global
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

Like its more expensive siblings, the GT50 and VT50 series, the Panasonic ST50 is an outstanding plasma HDTV, and performs very well in 2D and 3D modes, has the expected range of smart TV functions, and comes close to the higher-end models in terms of black levels, motion handling, and color matching. Its hardware design isn't as sleek as the more expensive models; if you're looking for the slimmest bezel around, you'll have to look elsewhere. It also has just 3 HDMI ports, compared to 4 on the GT50. Like its big brothers, it has a few issues, including two that are common to most plasma sets: high energy usage, and somewhat washed out colors in brightly lit rooms. Overall, however, the ST50 is an excellent performer, and at $1,349 (for the 55-inch model), it's about $600 less than the VT50.

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Breakdown

Media support
8.0
Sound quality
6.8
Other features (networking, etc.)
7.8
Picture quality
9.5
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Specs

VIERA

Type
Plasma (42 inches)
Native resolution
1920 x 1080
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Specs

VIERA

Type
Plasma (42 inches)
Native resolution
1920 x 1080
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