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The 85 series is at the mid range of Panasonic's consumer plasmas for 2008, which is their 11th generation of plasma offerings.

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Pros

Single pane of glass design reduces haloing of white text and improves aesthetic

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Very solid price/performance ratio

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Cons

Plasma technology is being phased out, so long term support is shaky

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Only if it was true. Single-pain glass is not an option for 85U but only available in 800U and 850U.

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The 85 series is at the mid range of Panasonic's consumer plasmas for 2008, which is their 11th generation of plasma offerings. For more information refer to the full Viera 85 Series report.

Specs
  • 1080p native resolution
  • 30,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Game mode
  • VIERA link
  • One-sheet glass design with anti-reflective screen
  • 100,000 hour half life
  • Inputs: 3 x HDMI 1.3, 1 x VGA, Component, Composite, S-Video
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Cprncss2004
05/28/2008 01:24

TV is still doing great! I'm glad to have this TV, it fits my needs perfectly.

Cprncss2004
03/30/2008 07:15

I love mine! Just got it yesterday.


Carissa

Riverledge
02/22/2008 11:58

THE CLARITY OF THE SINGLE PANEL OF GLASS IS AWESOME; THE SECOND PURPOSE FOR IS THE WEIGHT OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT.

Just IMAGINE shipping cost savings on the bottom line to PANASONIC and others.

MONEY FIRST; QUALITY SECOND!

River.

Stepintothepain
02/19/2008 04:25

The 1 pane of glass actually does have a benefit. When viewing the screen from an angle there is no haloing of white letters. On the older panasonics (i.e the PX75U) 2007 model if you look at the television from an angle you can see a halo effect on white letters, or non moving logos the three layers of glass cause this and it can be rather annoying. So it is not for "aesthetic" purposes. The one pane of glass is similar to the PIONEER Elites and Kuro. The XBR4 is a Liquid Crystal television and thus should not be compared to a plasma.

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