Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Full HD is quite a characteristic feature of modern 42" TVs and requires a viewing distance of around 7 feet for the best HD experience. 42" HDTVs are available with LED or plasma panels suitable for bright or dimly-lit rooms respectively.

These days manufacturers have begun bundling every contemporary television feature into their various screen sizes, so what you get largely depends how much you're willing to pay. The best 42" TVs are also 3D TVs and SmartTVs with web browsers available from Panasonic, LG, Vizio and others.


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Panasonic TC-L E60
LG Electronics LA6200
Panasonic TC-P S60
LG Electronics LN5700
LG Electronics LN5300
Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
LG Electronics 42LA6200 42-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Panasonic TC-P42S60 42-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV
LG Electronics 42LN5700 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
LG Electronics 42LN5300 42-Inch LED-lit 1080p 60Hz TV
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Release Date
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Mar 2013
Screen Size
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
42.0 inch
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV-Ready Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Flat Panel Type
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
LED TV
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Widescreen (16:9)
16:9
16:09
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
Average Rating
 3.9 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.6 stars

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