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When comparing LCD HDTVs, Vizio and Panasonic steal the show, but you have other brand options such as Sharp, Toshiba and LG too. LCD TVs today are all HDTVs capable of Full HD resolutions of 720p and higher. 42 inches is a pretty good screen size and these models are available with some of the best television technology that LCD TVs can offer, like 3D, Wi-Fi and Vizio even offers a set of SmartTV features on their 42" LCD through which you can connect to specific movie sites and stream your favorite stuff.

What you should note however is that even the best of LCD HDTVs sets will not compare in picture quality to their Plasma or LED counterparts and you'd also have a much higher electricity bill since LCD TVs are less power efficient.

Speaking of picture quality, LCD HDTVs often have a rather limited viewing range, so the quality of the picture fades as the viewer moves away from the center of the screen. What you can do, is look for a wide viewing angle in the TV's specifications, say 176 degrees ought to give you a pretty flexible viewing arena. Another little issue with LCD panels is the refresh rate and response time. Most LCD HDTV manufacturers have come out with technology to provide a refresh rate of 120Hz to avoid motion blur. You should also look out for a quick LCD response time of 6ms or less to make sure you get the best out of your television set.

Right below is our listing for the best 42" LCD HDTVs, with price and technical specifications, reviews and purchasing options for each.

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Vizio E420AR

Vizio E420AR 42" 1080p Class LCD TV


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Vizio E420AR
RCA LB45RQ
LG CS560
LG CS570
Panasonic TC-L U5
Vizio E420AR 42" 1080p Class LCD TV
RCA 42LB45RQ 42" 3D LCD TV
LG 42CS560 42" HDTV LCD TV
LG 42CS570 42" HDTV LCD TV
Panasonic TC-L42U5 42" LCD TV
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Release Date
Dec 2012
May 2012
Mar 2012
Apr 2012
Apr 2012
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television, EDTV Television, SDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television, EDTV Television, SDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
Screen Size
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
Contrast Ratio
100, 000:1
5000:1
150000:1
LCD Response Time
8.0 ms
6.5 ms
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
DLNA Certified
Not DLNA Certified
Not DLNA Certified
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready

  • VIZIO E420AR is a decent choice for any kind of use. What makes it alluring, though, is the price. It's quite cheap yet pretty capable. If you are looking for an affordable TV that will do its job, consider getting this VIZIO!


  • The LG CS560 series is a relatively cheap LCD TV, but its poor image quality means that it cannot compete against other budget TVs.


  • You'll make some compromises, but LG's CS560 series of CCFL-backlt LCD HDTVs offer solid overall picture quality with excellent colors at very reasonable prices.


  • The LG 42CS560 is a great model for what you pay for. It is cheap, and also has a good picture with a 1080p resolution. There isn't much special beyond that. The screen size at 42 inches makes this a very versatile TV, which can be used in many places as a main family TV, or as a secondary bedroom TV. Many people who bought it felt that it also made a great gift for someone looking to upgrade from an old CRT TV.

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    The TC-L42U5 is a 42" CCFL (fluorescent) back lit LCD television that is aimed at putting a 1080p LCD panel at a low price point. The U5 series is only available in the 42" size and it features a 60Hz, 1080p panel. It does not have 3D or any online features so it comes in at a budget price.


  • The U5 is, hands down, a very bad value.

    We've seen some amazing budget TVs this year. Panasonic's U50 and XT50 series comes to mind. Both are under $1000, and both are 50 inches.

    By that logic, the 42-inch Panasonic U5 should be performing much better than it is with an MSRP of $599. It's a little cheaper than the two plasma series TVs listed above, but it also has absolutely terrible color detail, a flimsy contrast ratio, and a single redeeming factor'slightly above average audio.

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    With 3 HDMI slots, 1 USB and a PC input, you will be able to do many things with this TV. It gives you one of the best-looking pictures on the market with 1080p for the price of 720p. You can enjoy any type of program the way it is supposed to be viewed. If you want a TV for a reasonable price that will perform better than most, the Panasonic Viera tc-L42U5 is one of the best choices.


Top 5 42 inch lcd hdtv:

  1. Vizio E420AR 42" 1080p Class LCD TV
  2. RCA 42LB45RQ 42" 3D LCD TV
  3. LG 42CS560 42" HDTV LCD TV
  4. LG 42CS570 42" HDTV LCD TV
  5. Panasonic TC-L42U5 42" LCD TV