Excerpt: We’re reasonably certain that most folks looking for a budget HDTV probably aren’t poring through the pages of enthusiast publications like Home Theater for advice. If they’re researching at all, they’re studying the easy-to-digest bubble ratings in Consumer Reports or Which Video, or Googling generic consumer-help Websites.
Conclusion: Earlier I spoke of my friends and their recent purchase of a new car. Like their new wheels, the TC-L42E30 is something of a compromise purchase. You want a good TV, but when you stop and ask yourself the tough questions, you may discover that you don't really NEED 3D. You don't NEED a stand that swivels. You don't NEED to control your TV volume from your iPhone.
Pros: No 3D (there, I said it), Respectable offering of "Easy IPTV" apps, Solid color accuracy, Highly capable video processing, Excellent value, No 3D (there, I said it), Respectable offering of "Easy IPTV" apps, Solid color accuracy, Highly capable video processing, Excellent value
Cons: No 3D (for those who disagree), No "Pro Settings" (white balance) for grayscale control, Middling LCD black levels, Less-than-stellar viewing angle, Blur reduction feature destroys the look of film (not unique to this TV)
Conclusion: Panasonic’s Viera TC-L42E30 offers very good picture quality in a bland (but unobjectionable) package that retails for around $799 at legit online dealers. One of our biggest complaints is the fact you have to buy a Wi-Fi dongle for around $80 if you don’t have a LAN cable nearby. Built-in Wi-Fi should be a given as it is with competing sets in this price range. Vizio’s M420SV even costs $50 less, while a 40-inch Sharp Quattron has built-in Wi-Fi as well.
Pros: Very good picture quality, Nice selection of apps, 4 HDMI inputs, SD card slot
Summary: As time progresses, the HDTV’s are becoming far more advanced. Video streaming, Wi-Fi and web applications are some of the many features that are already present in the HDTV’s these days. All the television sets available are quite like the same but there are a few which have unmatched features and dish out power performance. It is the search for such feature rich TV’s that finally let me to the Panasonic TC-L42E30.