Panasonic 42" P42S10B Plasma TV - 400hz, 1080p - £574.99 @ Costco with 5 Year Warranty - HotUKDeals
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This looks like a great price, if you are after a decent full HD Plasma, but on a bit of a budget. It is basically the S10, which received very good review, minus the AR filter, and with less HDMI sockets, so the specs are extremely good..........the 5 Year Warranty is a definate bonus too..............

Full specs below............ :-)

EDIT: Apparently Costco are actually selling the S10 at this price - not the U10 as pictured in the coupon booklet - absolute bargain imho! Cheers for the feedback folks......
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Full specs:

# Type: TX-P42U10
# Plasma Full HD
# 107 cm – 42 inches
# Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
# 16:9 Wide
# Response Speed: 0.001 msec
# Slim TV (<4 cm)
# Intelligent Frame Creation Pro: 400 Hz Sub Field Drive / 100 Hz Double Scan
# SD Memory Card Reader
# 24p Playback
# Dynamic contrast: 2.000.000:1 / Native: 30.000:1
# Viewing Angle Free (180°)
# EPG (Now and Next)
# 3 integrated TV Tuners: DVB-T (H.264 Full HD) / DVB-C (H.264 Full HD) / Analogue Cable Tuner
# Picture Mode: Dynamic/Normal/Cinema/Game
# Tuning System: PLL synthesizer 100-position auto-search tuner
# Real Black Drive system
# HDMI Input: 2 (rear) [ver. 1.3 with x.v.Colour]
# Composite Video Input: AV3: RCA phono type x 1 (side)
# 21-Pin Input/Output: AV1: AV In/Out, RGB In, Q-Link (rear) / AV2: AV In/Out, S-Video In, RGB In, Q-Link (rear)
# Monitor Out: RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set rear)
# Audio Output: Headphone jack (1 side)
# Digital Audio Output (Optical)
# Audio In (RCA): 1
# Audio Out (RCA): 2
# ECO mode
# Text Dual Screen
# Front connections: Multimedia slot + AV-in
# Integrated spreakers: Full-Range (16 x 4 cm) x 2 (L,R)
# Audio Output: 20 W (10 W x 2), 10% THD
# Surround: V-Audio
# Dolby Digital Out: Dolby Digital Plus
# DTS Out
# CI (Common Interface)
# VIERA Image Viewer: AVCHD/JPEG playback
# CATV Compatibility: Hyper-band
# Broadcast Stereo Reception: NICAM -B, G, I, L, German (A2)
# Receiving System: PAL -B/G/H, -I, -D/K: SECAM -B/G, -D/K, L/L', DVB-T, DVB-T (H.264)
# Receiving System (AV input): PAL-525/60, SECAM, NTSC, M-NTSC
# Progressive Scan
# Standard: PAL / SECAM / NTSC (comp)
# Dimensions (WxHxD): 1,029 x 661 x 100 mm
# Dimensions with support (WxHxD): 1,029 x 704 x 334 mm
# Weight: 27 kg
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You need to be a Costco member to benefit from this deal, obviously, but I know that a lot of HUKDers are already - membership will set you back about £30 for the year if you are not already signed up.

You need to use the coupon to get this price, and it is valid from 12 October - 1 November. They are usually giving out the coupon books instore - at least they do in my local (Reading)

There is some discussion about this set over on AV Forums - here

Basically, it seems a very high spec, decent Panasonic plasma, but the lack of AR filter means that you are going to get screen reflections if you don't put it in a sensible location - ie don't put this set in a bright living room, near a large window.
#4
Price is only valid if you have one of the passport vouchers mailed to you?
#5
Nah - as per above, the give you vouchers at the checkout if you've "forgotten" them.
#6
farmergiles
Price is only valid if you have one of the passport vouchers mailed to you?


They are always giving these voucher books out by the entrance in my local - I would just ask at the desk tbh

Failing that, there are usually loads of voucher books floating round the trolleys
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I bought this TV from Comet just over a month ago for £570, but without the 5 year warranty so this is hot in my opinion.

I'm very impressed with it, great colours and deep blacks. The SD standard isn't stunning (as is usually the case with 1080p sets) but in HD this set looks amazing.

I think it's based on the S10 but has less HDMI sockets and no AR filter (which is quite noticeable so I'm not sure I'd recommend it if you want to use it in a very bright room during the day). It also doesn't have the VieraCast option either.
#8
Thanks for your comments cheese_mcphee - it is always good to hear from people who actually own the set :thumbsup:

I would agree with you about the AR filter, as I had the P42C10 for a short while, which is basically the X10 minus AR filter. It didn't suit my living room at all, as it was too bright and I got lots of screen reflections, so the set had to go back. Lots of people are very happy with the C10 though - it just depends on what you want most from your TV, when you will be viewing, and the location that you have to place it in.
#9
Hot from me, seems strange to have a full hd with less spec than a lesser X10 model :? Without an AR filter it must be like a big mirror !!! and with 1 less HDMI socket less flexible :?

I've got the X10 (720p) and the picture is FANTASTIC :-D Pannys rule :thumbsup:
#10
cheese_mcphee;6523363
I bought this TV from Comet just over a month ago for £570, but without the 5 year warranty so this is hot in my opinion.

I'm very impressed with it, great colours and deep blacks. The SD standard isn't stunning (as is usually the case with 1080p sets) but in HD this set looks amazing.

I think it's based on the S10 but has less HDMI sockets and no AR filter (which is quite noticeable so I'm not sure I'd recommend it if you want to use it in a very bright room during the day). It also doesn't have the VieraCast option either.


I wouldn't worry about not having a 5 year warranty with it English law will protect yo for 6 years.
#11
buju247
I wouldn't worry about not having a 5 year warranty with it English law will protect yo for 6 years.

Really? :?
#12
6yrs??????????/ since when??
#13
buju247;6525489
I wouldn't worry about not having a 5 year warranty with it English law will protect yo for 6 years.

12 Mnths I think you'll find.

Except that any purchase must be 'fit for purpose' and it can be argued that it should be expected to last longer but I very much doubt the 6 year claim.
#14
buju247
I wouldn't worry about not having a 5 year warranty with it English law will protect yo for 6 years.
Good luck with that :thumbsup:

The problem with anything electronic is that after 6 months it becomes v. difficult to enact a Sale of Good Act claim. Up to 6 months from purchase/delivery the onus is on the retailer to prove that it wasn't faulty when they sold it to you, after 6 months the onus is on you to prove it was faulty when sold (or had a design fault) which you can only do with a technical report done by an 'expert'. Naturally, we don't have access to experts, know where to find them or how much they cost.

The goods should last a 'reasonable length' of time, and indeed with a telly, even a bargaintastic telly like this, it should last more than 6 years, but you will have to compile a case and take it to the small claims court.. all of which costs you time and money, and you still won't have a telly until it's all sorted, and even if they court rules in your favour, getting the company to cough up could take months.

In short.. go for the 5 year warranty from Costco or John Lewis or Richer Sounds... if you want the peace of mind. Alternatively, just be prepared to buy a new telly every few years. I spent £3k on my plasma telly 5 years ago, i should have waited and bought 6 of these and stored them in loft for when the first one breaks :)
#15
hot from me H+R added
#16
rizla01;6525799
12 Mnths I think you'll find.

Except that any purchase must be 'fit for purpose' and it can be argued that it should be expected to last longer but I very much doubt the 6 year claim.


The Sale of Goods Act 1979, amended in 1994, says that when you buy goods from a trader they must correspond with the description, be of satisfactory quality - which includes lasting a reasonable length of time - and be fit for the purpose. If the goods aren't of 'satisfactory quality', you're entitled to claim your money back or to claim compensation, which is normally the cost of repairs. This lasts for up to six years after you bought the goods - five years in Scotland. The retailer, not the manufacturer, is legally obliged to sort out the problem if the goods don't meet these requirements. A manufacturer's one-year guarantee is in addition to these rights - many offer free repair or replacement without quibble. Extended warranties are an extension of this.
Yes 6 years is probably too much. But 5 years would be right. Especially as Costco's are giving this anyway. And you wouldn't expect to purchase a new telly to replace this for a reasonable period of time i'd say 5 years.
#17
evilhomeruk;6525815
Good luck with that :thumbsup:

The problem with anything electronic is that after 6 months it becomes v. difficult to enact a Sale of Good Act claim. Up to 6 months from purchase/delivery the onus is on the retailer to prove that it wasn't faulty when they sold it to you, after 6 months the onus is on you to prove it was faulty when sold (or had a design fault) which you can only do with a technical report done by an 'expert'. Naturally, we don't have access to experts, know where to find them or how much they cost.

The goods should last a 'reasonable length' of time, and indeed with a telly, even a bargaintastic telly like this, it should last more than 6 years, but you will have to compile a case and take it to the small claims court.. all of which costs you time and money, and you still won't have a telly until it's all sorted, and even if they court rules in your favour, getting the company to cough up could take months.

In short.. go for the 5 year warranty from Costco or John Lewis or Richer Sounds... if you want the peace of mind. Alternatively, just be prepared to buy a new telly every few years. I spent £3k on my plasma telly 5 years ago, i should have waited and bought 6 of these and stored them in loft for when the first one breaks :)


It's not a case of good luck. It can be done easily and those of us who are assertive find it very straightforward. Here's a guide:

According to Which magazine, these are the steps you will need to take to claim for a replacement under the sale of goods act.............

1. Contact the retailer's head office: You won't get any joy from youthful shop staff or call centres. Be firm and explain you think your product hasn't lasted a reasonable amount time. You want it to be investigated and repaired, or replaced if it turns out to be faulty.

2. Get an independent report: A major retailer is likely to have its own repairs centre or an arrangement with the manufacturer, but this may result in sky-high call out charges. Contact an independent repairer and ask it to produce a report. Most of the independents we contacted charged between £30 and £40 to visit and many would write a short report as part of the cost. You can claim back up to £200 for the costs of the repairer's bill.

3. Commission a repair: Ask the retailer to repair or replace the goods. If the repair cost is disproportionate the retailer can offer a refund of the original purchase price, though probably not a full refund. If the shop makes life difficult you can ask go to an independent repairer and reclaim the whole cost. Make sure they provide evidence of the fault.

4. Be prepared to battle: The company could refuse to refund the repair cost, leaving you to chase them through the small claims court. A judge can order the retailer to settle the claim - up to £5,000 - and pay legal costs. For information on taking a case to the small claims court, read our guide published last week (guardian.co.uk/money). Consumer Direct is the government's new online and telephone advice line. Call an adviser on 08454 04 05 06.
#18
buju247
It's not a case of good luck. It can be done easily and those of us who are assertive find it very straightforward. Here's a guide:


To be honest, I'd rather pay an extra £100 up front for 5 years piece of mind and not go through the hassle...
#19
From the BBC website:

SALE OF GOODS ACT

The Headline: You might not need that five-year extended warranty after all.

The Scenario: Your iconic white MP3 player, the totemic centre of your life, breaks down precisely 366 days after you bought it. The large electronics firm that sold you the MP3 player says that because the one-year guarantee had elapsed, there's nothing they can do to help you. You'll just have to buy another one.

1950s washing machine
Some items, like washing machines, are expected to last a long time

Tears drip disconsolately on to its lifeless grey screen as you ponder what to do.

But there's some good news. The operative who spoke to you didn't know what they were talking about

The Truth: The Sale of Goods Act says that your MP3 player must be fit for purpose.

"It must be as described. It must be of satisfactory quality, sufficiently durable, free from any defects," says Dr Christian Twigg-Flesner, a consumer law expert at the University of Hull.

If you've ignored the manufacturer's warnings and have been leaving the player out in direct sunshine and wearing it in the bath, then you probably haven't got much of a case.

But if the player has been lovingly treated and has still conked out that suggests something may have been wrong with it at the very beginning.

It works like this. For the first four-five weeks you have a "right of rejection" - if the item you've bought breaks down, you can demand a refund.

For the next six months, you are entitled to replacement or repair of the goods. It is up to the retailer to prove there was nothing wrong with it if they wish to get out of having to do the work. And then after six months, there is still a duty to replace or repair faulty goods, but the onus is on you, the consumer, to prove that there was something wrong.

And the key time span is six years. That's how long goods may be covered by the Sale of Goods Act. It all depends on what "sufficiently durable" means. If a light bulb goes after 13 months, the consumer is not going to be overly gutted. If their washing machine goes after the same time span they are going to be livid.

The government's guidelines say: "Goods are of satisfactory quality if they reach the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory, taking into account the price and any description."

And be aware that if you go to the washing machine repairer, spend money attempting to diagnose an inherent fault, and find out you have been using it the wrong way, then you are going to be out of pocket.

A key fact is that your relationship in the Sale of Goods Act is with the retailer, not the manufacturer.

"The retailer likes shepherding you off to the manufacturer," says Dr Twigg-Flesner.

And there are still reasons why you might want an extended warranty - they often include loan machines and ongoing technical support that you would otherwise miss out on. But they are not always good value, says Dr Twigg-Flesner.

"I've never bought one."

Where it applies: The law applies across the UK, but has numerous small differences as applied in Scotland.
#20
h0dgy
To be honest, I'd rather pay an extra £100 up front for 5 years piece of mind and not go through the hassle...


Same here - getting a decent warranty from a reputable company gives peace of mind and guaranteed protection of your product - I would rather that than have to fight with some muppets from DSG or similar over the sale of goods act.........

John Lewis and Costco are both top notch for customer service - would use them for a big purchase like a TV any day................:thumbsup:
#21
h0dgy;6526051
To be honest, I'd rather pay an extra £100 up front for 5 years piece of mind and not go through the hassle...


That's fair enough. But this info is little known and even less used. Just bringing it to people's attention. Maybe next time you buy a big ticket item they might not be offering anything more than 1 years guarantee. At least you won't be taken for a mug if they say 'what can we do?'

My router broke down during my broadband contract but after the 12th month and as soon as i uttered the words 'not fit for purpose' a new one was sent the next day. When initially they tried to tell me it was 'out of warranty.'
#22
seems like a sizzling deal to me, pity not available to all.
#23
Having owned the S10 and the U10 (my U10 broke so had to buy the S10) there's nowt in it bar one more HDMI, VGA and no anti reflect filter.
#24
nice price - paid more for an X10 not so long ago!
#25
Matt.Wild
VGA and no anti reflect filter.


Good as this deal is, those two things missing kill it for me.
#26
how dose the membership work, do you have to run a business?
#27
ukmonkey
how dose the membership work, do you have to run a business?


No, you can join as a personal customer too - just need to be employed in one of their 'recognised' areas - council employee, medical, legal etc - phone up your local and they will let you know if you qualify for membership.

Best way to join is as a business though - membership is slightly cheaper, opening hours are longer, and you get a free card for your partner too.
#28
ukmonkey
how dose the membership work, do you have to run a business?


They really (or were not) are not bothered. So just make up a company name and make a letterhead and take it along.
#29
My Toshiba screen went funny after 3 and 1/2 years, with no warrenty all I had to pay for was collection (£30) after quoting sale of goods act. The company that fixed replaced the tv screen. All it took was two letters to Toshiba. I personally wouldn't pay it, I can afford an hour of my time to write two letters and save £70.
#30
buju247
That's fair enough. But this info is little known and even less used. Just bringing it to people's attention. Maybe next time you buy a big ticket item they might not be offering anything more than 1 years guarantee. At least you won't be taken for a mug if they say 'what can we do?'

My router broke down during my broadband contract but after the 12th month and as soon as i uttered the words 'not fit for purpose' a new one was sent the next day. When initially they tried to tell me it was 'out of warranty.'


I read somewhere this was a load of rubbish, I remember seeing an article about an older guy going back with a telly to tesco but the papers and himself got it wrong?
#31
dancrawley;6523251

Basically, it seems a very high spec, decent Panasonic plasma, but the lack of AR filter means that you are going to get screen reflections if you don't put it in a sensible location - ie don't put this set in a bright living room, near a large window.

Thanks very much for that info - I was looking at this TV in the Costco mailing yesterday trying to decide if it was a good deal or not, as I don't really understand the technical stuff. Wanting the TV for the conservatory, so that'll be a 'no' then - now I know that I want something with an AR filter. Whatever one of them is! :thumbsup:
#32
gogboy;6527621
I read somewhere this was a load of rubbish, I remember seeing an article about an older guy going back with a telly to tesco but the papers and himself got it wrong?

Can you show me the article?
#33
Don't suppose there's a 32 inch on offer with the costco voucher book. I was in costco today but no voucher books.
#34
imc
Don't suppose there's a 32 inch on offer with the costco voucher book. I was in costco today but no voucher books.


yep £500 off a LG 32" lcd tv with built in dvd, 32LG4000 costs £379.49 inc vat using the voucher


Probably no voucher books, as they dont start until 12th oct
#35
cheers fil. will check out the reviews of the 32lg400
1 Like #36
gogboy
I read somewhere this was a load of rubbish, I remember seeing an article about an older guy going back with a telly to tesco but the papers and himself got it wrong?


Well you are wrong and so is the info. You can expect a TV to last 5yrs + and if the retailer would not replace the tv e.t.c. then you goto the small claims court (will be settled before this) although I would highly recommend you did not take this route before reading Which! magazine and joining the sub to the legal team.

The Costco 90 day return and 5yr warranty - (no hassle) is well worth it and obviously worth imo £50 at least.

Loads of books available in Oldham or most likely any store IF you ask.
#37
# 3 integrated TV Tuners: DVB-T (H.264 Full HD) / DVB-C (H.264 Full HD) / Analogue Cable Tuner


Does this mean it has built in FreeSat? MIght be being a bit optimistic here but comparing to the Amazon Panasonic that does have freeview the DVB-T seems to be the FreeSat?

Thanks
#38
dvb-s is satellite
#39
Got one of these tellys yesterday. Gotta say I'm impressed so far. Tried PS3, BluRay, upscaled DVD and cable tv (Virgin) and all look great. Excellent stuff.
#40
I also one of these yesterday and was really surprised that the actual model is the TX-P42S10B not the U model as specified in the booklet, so there are 3xHDMI and the anti-glare screen. Set up last night was easy and the picture is absolutely superb even though at present I only have standard def. Cannot wait till I hook it up to a Blu-Ray and maybe Sky HD !!!:thumbsup:

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