Panasonic Viera TC-L42E50 LED HDTV Review

Panasonic crafted a good-looking TV and a solid performer

$900.00 MSRP
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42 in.


The TC-L42E50 skips the 3D feature but retains the "smart TV" platform, making it a viable choice for people that don't want (or can't see) 3D, but still want Netflix and other streaming media without the need for a set-top box. It has the side benefit of being more affordable, as well, at a reasonable $900 MSRP.

The L42E50 sounds good on paper, but does it actually produce a good picture? We are happy to report that yes, it does the basics very well. There were some hiccups with screen quality and we do have some squabbles with Viera Connect, Panasonic's brand name for their smart TV features. Overall, though, it's a solid performer, not to mention a looker.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Apps & Internet Features
  13. Software & Interface
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
  16. Ratings & Specs