Panasonic Viera TC-L42E30 LED LCD HDTV Review

Because it uses in-plane switching, its horizontal viewing angle is huge, but it has unique and frustrating problems.

$1,099.00 MSRP 42 in.


The Panasonic TC-L42E30 (MSRP $1099) is a mid-level 2011 model-year LED-backlit LCD with in-plane switching that drastically improves the horizontal viewing angle. However, this technology doesn't come without tradeoffs, as it causes the viewer some unique and frustrating problems. In addition to this, it has some limited internet capabilities, but the tiny handful of applications leave us wanting more from the Panasonic TC-L42E30. Aside from these shortcomings, the Panasonic TC-L42E30 has a decent core performance with some peculiarities, and performs about as it should for its price range.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
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  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs