Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E30 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV
Melanie Noell, ReviewStream
31 July 2011
Excerpt: I just recently bought this TV on sale, and although it was larger and a bit more expensive than I was looking to buy, I am incredibly happy with the value. I chose Panasonic for my first flat screen TV purchase because when talking to the sales associates at the …
Summary: If your just after excellent picture quality with rich color and deep blacks, buy it, the set has plenty of input sockets: 3 USB, 4 HDMI, sd card slot etc however some of these are a bit misleading as this model will only accept one type of USB HDD for recording, this is made by Buffalo which costs more than a Humax HD receiver. Although you can view video/music/photos from existing media on your USB HDD or flash drive.
Summary: Great TV, however even though I have connected a hard drive and I can watch some movies off it. It doesnt seem to play all videos, even though all of them are MKV files. Also I cant seem to get it to record onto my hard drive.
Pros: Great picture quality, slim and light.
Cons: The menu is awful, and it doesnt seem to play all MKV files.
Summary: I tried the Netgear Range Max Dual Band Wireless-n USB Adapter WNDA3100v2 which other Panasonic TV owners had used, but not with this model. It did not work. Looking on Netgear's web-site it shows that they do not have an adapter for the TX-L42E30B 42" LED TV. Does anybody know of an adapter which will work?
Pros: It is the best TV which I have owned
Cons: Pananasonic charge too much for their adapter
Summary: Plus points are punchy vibrant picture once set up correctly, fantastic HD picture and great SD one, Black levels to subjectively match Plasma, great motion handling except on the fastest of sports but the intelligent frame creation pro on medium setting cures this. Can't criticise tv too much for this though as ALL led tv's have this problem. Slimline tv with low power use and internet tv is excellent,no back light bleed.
*READ BEFORE YOU CONSIDER THIS TV* Returned due to light bleed issue
11 December 2011
Summary: Stunning looking set to have in your lounge. Really good picture for general viewing / gaming. HOWEVER......when watching at night with low lighting this TV has a serious light bleed issue. Specifically when watching two blurays this weekend that have the normal black bands on the top and bottom of the screen you can clearly see ghostly white light clouding from the top of the TV into the picture, it also carries into the picture in dark scenes of a film.
Summary: Gorgeous picture and sound. I was unsure after reading some reviews, but having bought this would ecommend it. Regarding problems i have read of i would say most if not nearly all are to do with setting the TV up correctly. White broken line at the top, and LED see through at the bottom, turn Overscan ON, not off. As a PC monitor, again superb, but know switch overscan OFF for a proper 1920 x 1080 fit, no blur or buzzing, no noise, again superb.
Summary: I really like Panasonic. I have upgraded my 32inch TV to this one. I also have a Panasonic PVR, Home Cinema Surround, Compact Camera and DSLR Camera. Therefore I'm not one to criticise unnecessarily, and in almost all ways I'm very happy with the new TV. The picture is great, even crisper than the old one despite the bigger size, in SD and HD. Some peoples' complaints about the backlighting on these reviews are way over the top, it looks nearly perfectly uniform to me.
Excellent Television, packed full of features. Fantastic picture at a great price.
Colin Watt, Amazon
25 November 2011
Summary: This has a truly superb picture, as a previous poster has mentioned "Frozen Planet" on the iPlayer looks absolutely awesome. I did originally order a Sony KDL40EX523BU but realised before I opened the box that I'd made the wrong choice. I sent it back and ordered the TX-L42E30B instead, based entirely I might add on the feedback on the Amazon website.
Summary: Fast next day delivery from Amazon. Plugged TV into mains socket and it immediately updated to the latest software upgrade. It also updates the new channels when they become available. The quality of the pictures are superb (the HD ones between ch 50-59). It has more than enough input/output sockets as well as a card slot for pay tv. It will automatically switch over to whatever input devise you turn on. It will also play NTSC discs through your DVD player.