42-inch Plasma Television Review
One of the current
champs of value, this cheap plasma TV packs a very impressive picture
for DVD watching, and good HD support despite it's 852x480 resolution.
With proper setup, the picture and colors of the PDP4290 are actually
quite impressive. However, it will require some time to set up since
contrast and brightness are significantly off out of the box. Unfortunately,
the Akai PDP4290 is not the easiest Plasma to configure, nor is it's
user manual overly detailed. However, for those patient enough, there
is hardly a cheaper Plasma available, especially one that offers as
good of a picture as the PDP4290 does.
- Excellent overall
picture quality with DVD and HD signal sources
- Lifelike colors once settings have been properly tweaked
- Above average brightness, blacks and contrast ratio
- One of the best budget Plasmas, with a price that can hardly be beat
- Somewhat disappointing
, grainy picture quality from standard definition, broadcast signals,
as well as TiVo.
- A display in every sense of the word, the Akai PDP4290 lacks a tuner,
speakers, and many of the digital converting features of more expensive
- Setup can be time consuming, since picture quality is less than perfect
out of the box
- No DVI or HDCP input