Not to mention that each of us have different tastes. For those who are after for a solid HDTV viewing, the Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 might be the set you are looking for. It is not a perfect TV but it can show features that are worth your time. Let’s see now if it lives up to its claims.
Before moving on; what is an HDTV? High-definition television or HDTV displays an image resolution of higher quality than standard televisions. Like those older cathode-based TVs. HDTVs can show 720p picture resolution or up to 1080p or 1080i resolution.
These high resolutions are behind the HDTVs superiority over standard TVs in terms of picture quality.
Flat-screen panel displays of HDTVs also make up their tantalizing image presentation. Display screens like CCFL, LED and Plasma are the most popular choice among HDTV manufacturers. CCFL and LED is under the LCD category.
Their main difference is that CCFL uses fluorescent backlights, while LED uses LED backlights. Plasma TVs use electrically charged ionized gases to yield even better picture quality. These three panel displays have their own pros and cons. For most people, if not all, it’s a matter of preference.
Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 Technical Details
- Uses an IPS LED-LCD panel display
- Wi-Fi Ready (Requires a wireless LAN adaptor)
- VIERA connection and interactivity
- Reduced on-screen afterimage with 360 Backlight Scanning
- Saves energy at a 25% reduction rate
- VIERA Remote App support for tablets and smart phones
Physical Dimensions and Weight
If you are concerned about how this Panasonic TV will fit in your house or room, then here are the details of its physical dimensions.
The TV’s width is 39.3”. Height and depth measurements are 25.6” and 9.8” respectively. This with the stand still attached. If you take out the stand, the height and depth will be 23.8” and 2.1”. Then the weight with stand is 37.5 lbs and becomes 30.9 lbs if the stand is removed. This set is also VESA compatible, which means you can mount it on your wall.
So, the TC-L42E50 is not too heavy; especially if you take out the stand. You should not have too many problems in handling this set; though it is deemed necessary to ask another person’s help to fasten its stand while holding this unit.
This Panasonic model comes with a color so common with most HDTVs — glossy black. There is nothing wrong with this. Glossy black is very complementing to any background color. Plus, you can easily get rid of the dirt on a black surface.
Panel Display and Picture Quality
HDTV has dethroned analogue TV in this new millennium. The competition is against other HDTVs. So far, the Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 has received good comments from most users online.
Its good picture quality lies in the advanced IPS LED panel display. Panasonic used a 1700 wide viewing angle on the VIERA TC-L42E50.
This produces sharp and vibrant images at whatever angle a person is watching. The TV’s contrast ratio is 2,000,000:1 and its refresh rate is 120 Hz.
You often notice that images tend to blur in some TV models. This is called motion blurring and it usually happens in fast-action movies. The E50 series eliminate this problem with a three-phase 360 backlight scanning system. This feature delivers a consistent smooth picture even in fast-motion scenes without flicker and reduces the afterimage effect.
The best part of all is that the TC-L42E50 can show movies at full 1080p HD. This is the highest progressive scan number that an HDTV can deliver.
Progressive scanning is better in rendering images on screen.
One of the downsides of HDTV is how much it consumes electrical power. This means bigger amount on the user’s electric bill. Worry no more.
Well-known manufacturers like Panasonic introduced energy-saving features. This measure promised to cut down power consumption by 25% in the E50 models. The TC-L42E50 has received an Energy Star label.
The VIERA Miracle
The Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 doesn’t have the 3D support that the Panasonic VIERA TC-L47WT50 has. But if you don’t watch 3D films then this unit should be a good fit. Anyway, you won’t lose the VIERA experience.
If you want to add updates to your FaceBook or Twitter accounts, watch videos streaming on YouTube or Hulu, or make calls to Skype; try VIERA Connect. This is Panasonic’s cloud service that lets you access the sites mentioned earlier while watching your favorite shows on screen.
Another neat feature of the VIERA is its remote app support feature. You can convert your smart phone or tablet device into a remote control. You now see their contents materialize on the TV screen. You can do whatever you like in the same way how you use your smart phone or tablet device.
If you hate the messy and tangling look of cables in between your devices, then the TC-L42E50 has a Wi-Fi ready feature.
You can now connect your separate devices into this TV wirelessly. However you need to buy a wireless LAN adaptor to enable this connection. Search online or your electronics store for bargains.
Is It Worth Buying?
Since this is a review, you are free to buy or not to buy the Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 HDTV. This model is the smallest in the E50 series; being the Panasonic VIERA TC-L55E50 as the biggest in terms of the screen size.
If you live in a fairly small room, then this TV should pose no problems. Not to mention that it offers a near-perfect picture quality on a consistent basis.