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LED TVs with a 40" display are available from all the major brands like Samsung, Panasonic, Vizio and Sony, with Edge LED backlit panels as well as Full LED backlighting. These models are all Full HD with 720p or higher though, 40" screens can't bring out the gain in picture quality from 720p to 1080p and higher.

You can have your 40-inch television set display 3D, stream movies online or even connect with a full web browser depending on the model you pick. If you're looking for 3D models bear in mind that you'd get either Passive or Active 3D depending on the brand; and that the 3D-Ready models do not come with the glasses which need to be purchased separately.

SmartTVs give you a certified browser to surf your way into the internet. Many of these are not just Skype-Ready, but also provide a camera for you to have the best video chatting experience. Many TVs have a feature called "Wi-Fi-Ready" which means you could connect to the internet via an adapter or ethernet port. You may not however have the liberty to browse the internet freely if they don't come loaded with a full web browser.

Our list of the best 40-inch LED TVs (below), come loaded with several brand specific features, wide viewing angles to rival their Plasma counterparts so you can optimize the seating arrangement in your TV room; and excellent refresh rates to completely eliminate motion blur and give free-flowing dynamic picture quality.

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LG LA7400

LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV


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Panasonic TC-L E60
Samsung UN F7100
LG Electronics LA6200
LG 47LA7400 47-In Cinema 3D 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
VIZIO M471i-A2 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN46F7100 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV
LG Electronics 42LA6200 42-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
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Release Date
Mar 2013
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Mar 2013
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Flat Panel Type
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Screen Size
47.0 inch
47.0 inch
42.0 inch
46.0 inch
42.0 inch
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:9
3D-ready
3D-ready
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Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
3D-ready

  • The LG 55LA7400 promises to be a pretty good seller for LG with the excellent Magic Remote, 3D, and faster 240Hz processing speed, and superior sound quality. Competition is from the Samsung UN55F7500 and UN55F7100, as well as many plasma TVs such as the Panasonic TC-P55VT60. Overall the TV has lots to offer though as of this writing may not be the best value on the market at around $2000.


  • Picture quality like this on a TV half the price would be one thing, but a price just shy of two grand is another story; the 47-inch LA7400 carries an MSRP of $1799.99. Definitely look for this on sale - we found it online for about $1200. Sure, much of what you're paying for is features - but that's exactly the point. If you're looking for top-dog picture quality, move on.


  • If you are after an LED set, the LA7400 performs well compared to other LEDs in its price range. The 55-incher reviewed here is $1,600 at Amazon, and the 60-inches comes in at $1,900. The pre-calibration image was OK, but the calibrated image was often beautiful, with great color saturation and a nice, natural look. The black level/contrast ratio is similar to other edge-lit LED LCD models (as in, only OK), but it offers some of the best 3D IĆ¢?? ve watched at home.


  • The 32 inch M321d sells for a modest $398 and is very attractively priced for this size and feature set. The LG 32LN5700 has the same set of features and sells for a bit more. This TV should be a great seller.


  • Charging the right price for a very good picture, Panasonic's E60 LED LCD is one of the best values available among midrange TVs.

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    The TC-L50E60 fits nicely into the E60 series. This 50 inch 1080p TV is a good candidate for those not interested in 3D playback. It's got a native 120Hz panel, so sports and fast action aren't going to be a problem. The Viera Connect suite is present with built in wifi. This solves any problems when it come to getting content on your TV. This TV gives a lot of bang for the buck.


  • Not everyone can afford a company's top-of-the-line flagship model, so it's nice that Panasonic offers the E60 series, with its wide array of big displays. If you have giant TVs on the brain, but your billfold needs a break, the 50-inch E60 (MSRP $1149.99) can be found online for $1,000. Picture quality like this doesn't exactly make my heart skip a beat, but on a 50-inch display with ample streaming options and a tame going-rate, this is a solid value.

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    In my opinion this TV looks as good or better than the ES8000 design-wise. A good chunk of dough has also been wiped from the price, so consider this one of my top value pics for 2013/2014. The only thing it gives up from the top model are the micro dimming ultimate, though it still has micro dimming, and it has a dual core processor rather than the quad-core, and no front facing camera.


  • The 55-inch F7100 is not worth $2,499 (though it's available right now for $1,699). While Samsung's Smart Hub (and the cable connectivity therein) is probably the best smart platform on the market, it's still only a smart platform. On one hand, this TV looks great, and is fitted with all of the modern accoutrement you might want with an investment in a new display. Be warned, though: It has a few drawbacks that make me hesitate to praise it further.


  • The midrange LG LA6200 LED LCD TV gets points for looks and smarts, but loses even more due to its picture quality.


  • This is one of the best features of the 55LA6200, value. At $1100 it's tough to beat in the 55" size for value. It competes with the Panasonic TC-P55ST60. Samsung's answer is the UN55F6400. The LA6200 is one of the best value buys in the market.


  • If you need a bigger panel without a price tag to match, the LA6200 series is a pretty decent bet. This isn't an exciting TV - the black levels are middling and the controls are downright spartan. But if you aren't a picture purist and fancy features like apps and 3D are important to you, you could do a lot worse.

    My advice? Do yourself a favor and take a look at the Google-powered TVs from LG this year instead.