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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

Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV


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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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The Panasonic TC-PS60 plasma TV's low price, high-end picture quality, and bare-bones Smarts make it one of the best values we've ever seen.


  • The Panasonic TC-P60S60 (MSRP $1299) is one of the first (if not the first) 2013 series available on the consumer market. While Sharp is shipping a few of its new models, Panasonic's S60 series became available for pre-order first: The higher-end ST60 series won't hit our labs until next month. In a way, our pent-up excitement for the new tech expected this year became channeled into this first real taste of 2013. Our first impression? The S60 is going to be a tough act to follow.

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    The suggested retail price for the 60 inch S60 is set at a fantastic $1,299.99. Considering the amount of screen space and picture quality you get with this TV, the value is hard to beat.


  • The 42 inch 42LN5700 is a great value piece if you want that great LED edge lit backlighting from LG and tons of features sans 3D at around $650. And since plasma TVs are not produced in the 42 inch size range anymore this is a standout in terms of quality and value for 2013/2014.

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    The LG 42LN5300 offers a stimulating price for those wanting to save money on that second or third TV or for those who want decent quality but dont want to pay up for lots of features. If you just want to watch TV on with a quality picture and not have many options this could be your set.


  • While you could argue that the LN5300's 42-inch display is a bit too big for its 60Hz britches, we still think it offers serious value for the money. The TV's sharp image and vivid color output provide an enjoyable viewing experience for a seriously low price. The poor audio performance, and affinity for jitter gave us pause, and those looking for a broader feature set would do well to consider the previously mentioned Vizio E420i Smart TV.


Top 5 42 inch tv:

  1. Panasonic TC-L42E60 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
  2. LG Electronics 42LA6200 42-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  3. Panasonic TC-P42S60 42-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV
  4. LG Electronics 42LN5700 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  5. LG Electronics 42LN5300 42-Inch LED-lit 1080p 60Hz TV