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Panasonic VIERA 42
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Lovin it. 02/03/2010

This review is from: Panasonic VIERA 42" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P42G10

Pros: Motion looks great on this TV.
Great Picture.
Easily updated firmware.
Stock sound was nice (while i used it).
The Price (I bought it on sale too)
When set correctly, Great picture quality.

Cons: I found it difficult to tweak the picture settings to really get the best out of it.
The presets were ALL too dark, and Vivid was a little too vivid.
Would be nice if the Vieralink was wireless, but they'll get there.
Kinda silly the PC connection is on the side... for those of us who want it always hooked up, having it in the back would have been a little more convenient.
The picture quality tuning is not all you might desire, most TV's i've used, even 5-8 years old have more customizable features than this.

Other Thoughts: I shopped long and hard for a Tv to mount in my room and finally settled on this one. After i ordered it i got disturbed by how many people were saying the color qualities were really lacking, but i disagree, if tuned correctly it looks great. The THX mode seems pretty useless to most, it's suppose to replicate exactly how the THX tuners meant it to be when they made movies... everything ends up looking like it went through a dark green filter though. The firmware update does modify it a bit, Panasonic claims they tweaked it, but I'm not sure helped much.
Anyway, I bought it at 839$. For that price anyway, this TV is an absolute steal.

Rosewill RNX-N300 Wireless N Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy install, Cd worked on windows 7.

Cons: Signal was lacking.

Other Thoughts: I bought this with hopes of improving my signal.
I did update the drivers.
It only got 2-3 bars, kind of unreliable signal as well.

The PC is under my desk, against a wall, only 25 feet from the router, but there are some pretty thick walls between it (doors however).

Was expecting a better signal from this card, but it was no better than my previous with only 1 antenna.

I ended up buying a competitors card that comes with an antenna base with a long wire. That card works great. I'm sure Rosewill's with their extended base antenna would have solved my situation as well.

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This card will get you reception, if not just from the higher quality antenna than most cards, it's the fact that the 10 foot cord will let you position the antenna in the best part of the room for reception.

Cons: The CD included doesn't work on Windows 7 64bit

Other Thoughts: I've gone through several cards when I switched to wireless. The pc is under a desk only maybe 20 feet from the router, but with very thick heavy walls.
The first 23$ card, purchased at a competitors local store, was complete garbage, 2 bars.
Then the RNX-N300 (30$?)was slightly better, 3/5 bars. Still not reliable though. Even with it's 2 antenna's.
Instead of buying rosewill's corded antenna I went for this one.
Great decision. Despite that i had to use my laptop to get the driver for it like I said, it has a 96% signal. I just ran the antenna to a shelf a couple feet from the roof, perfect.

If you've got your PC under a desk and your worried the little antenna in the back is blocked, this is definitely a great choice. Even if your pc isnt blocked, I'd still suggest it.


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Display Name: Chris F.

Date Joined: 12/12/04

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  • First Review: 07/23/07
  • Last Review: 02/03/10
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