Panasonic TC-P55ST50 3D Plasma HDTV Review$1,699.00
Tour & Design
Using a textured charcoal motif, this Panasonic plasma series executes the classic design in a style all its own. The thinness of these monstrous displays also adds to the appeal, making them more manageable for smaller spaces. The promotional materials have these displays sitting comfortably in some of the most modern living situations possible, but they are not so over-styled as to be awkward in a more classic home.
The stand requires three separate pieces to construct. When completed, it seems like it might swivel, especially considering it requires so many parts. We tried to see if we could turn it, but the screen is so large that we felt the torque we were creating might snap the neck of the stand before it swiveled. If this stand has some articulation, we were too cautious to try it.
Manual controls are always a welcome addition here at TelevisionInfo.com. There are small bumps on some of the keys to let you know what you are controlling without looking directly at the buttons. Unlike tough controls, manual controls have some great tactile feedback, and they will not leave smudgy marks on everything you own. We like the transition back to these classic controls.
The remote is disappointingly average. A Smart TV requires a smart remote, not the same remote we have seen since the advent of remote control technology. There is so much room for innovation in this field. LG has made huge strides in this regard, setting the bar for what we feel should be a minimum of modern control.
The classic remote is limited to classic functionality, using a directional pad to control much more dynamic content. Using this remote to get to the online features is certainly doable, but it's not a great fit. Rather than revolutionizing the way we watch TV, Panasonic is slapping on advanced features without considering how the consumer will experience these new abilities.
In the Box
Severely lacking in the box was a set of 3D goggles. At this point, omitting even one pair of 3D glasses is just rude. It's a slap in the face of the consumer that has dedicated the time and money to research and invest in a brand.
What we did find was a component/composite adapter cable, a paper manual, a remote, batteries, a TV, a three-part stand, warranty documents, and a very confusing amount of styrofoam.