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Panasonic Viera 85 Series

Released March, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Very solid price to performance ratio. Very long panel life.

The Cons:Suffers from same issues as other plasma displays.

The 85U series is at the mid range of Panasonic's consumer plasmas for 2008, which is their 11th generation of plasma offerings. Positioned above 80U series and below the 800Us, the 85Us feature the same core technology as the more expensive sets but sacrifice some of the more advanced features such as THX Certification and the 4th HDMI input.

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It first became available in the late-February.


  • 1080p native resolution
  • 30,000:1 static contrast ratio, 1,000,000:1 dynamic 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

Clarification on 24p handling - Unlike the higher end PZ800U and PZ850U series, both the PZ80U and PZ85U series perform a 3:2 pulldown on 24p content. What this means is that the 24 frames per second signal is converted into a 60Hz display, with one frame showing for 3 refreshes, and the next frame showing for 2 refreshes. The higher end models display each from for 2 refreshes which makes for smoother motion especially during pans and zooms.Common to all 2008 Panasonic Plasmas

Anti-reflective screen - created by Fujitsu these screens reduce the amount of ambient reflection that can appear in a brightly lit room.

100,000 hour half life - Panasonic rates the panel to last 100,000 hours, which is about 30 years of regular usage, or 11 years of non-stop, before the brightness of the display is halved.


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    Very solid price to performance ratio

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    Very long panel life

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    Suffers from same issues as other plasma displays

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