September 25, 2009
| by Stephen Hopkins
Need to pick up a replacement 3/8-inch Craftsman ratchet? Or a filter for your Kenmore refrigerator/vacuum/toaster? Maybe a Die Hard battery for your ‘97 Civic? Chances are you’re heading to Sears.
While you’re there, you can also grab the Panasonic TC-P50S1 50-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV along with an Xbox 360 60GB Pro Bundle (with two games) for $999.99.
The Panasonic S series plasma line is my pick for best value in a 1080p plasma. The Xbox 360 Pro is the last model that will maintain an HDMI output (the newer Elite SKUs are dropping it all together), plus Lego Indiana Jones is just plain fun. Also, the Xbox 360 can serve as the gateway to all of your networked media as either a Windows Media Center Extender or transcoding servers like PlayOn and TVersity.
Next lowest authorized price for the TV is $979, so you’re basically getting the Xbox 360 for $20. There is also a 10% Rebate available for Sears Credit Card holders to bring the price down to $899.99. Select in-store pick up to save on shipping, since you’re making the drive for that blue Land’s End crew jacket anyway.
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
- Contrast Ratio: 40,000:1 (Native); 2,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
- Tuner: ATSC/NTSC/QAM
- Inputs: HDMI 3; Component 2; Composite 2; S-Video 1
- Features: 600 Hz Sub-Field Drive; Viera Link (HDMI CEC); Viera Viewer (Photo Viewer); Anti-Reflective Filter; Neo PDP Technology
Xbox 360 Pro 60GB Combo Package Includes: Console; Wireless Controller; Headset; Composite/Component AV Cable; Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda games.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.