If you’re shopping for a good HDTV in the size range of 40 – 42 inches (diagonal), the Panasonic Viera TC-L42E60 is the best choice. Featuring outstanding picture quality for the price, the TC-L42E60 has all the features you need in an entry-level Smart TV (and nothing you don’t). And at a price of $599 direct from Panasonic ($100 off the original price), it’s now an even better value than when it first came on the market.
The Panasonic TC-LE60 series of LED LCD televisions were rated “Very Good” by the testers at CNET. They particularly commended the picture quality, superb performance in bright rooms (better than most plasma TVs), the TV’s true 120Hz image processing, attractive styling, and extensive Smart TV content. They called it the “best Panasonic LCD TV in years.”
The Home Theater reviewers at About.com gave the TC-L42E60 4 out of 5 stars and called it a “very good performer.” They complimented the color saturation and detail of the picture, especially with high-definition video sources, and liked the motion response provided by the 120Hz refresh rate and backlight scanning.
Professional reviewers have emphasized the value of this TV when considering the combination of performance and price. CNET noted: “The E60 is one of the best LED LCD values of the year.” There is no other LED LCD TV in this size range that got a better review this year than the E60.
This 42-inch model is a strong choice for a television for a smaller room — a bedroom or the living room of a smaller apartment. It is especially suitable for brightly-lit rooms. At this size and price, you will be hard-pressed to find better picture quality in an LED LCD TV. And it received high marks for its energy efficiency. It is not only Energy Star Certified — it was designated as “Energy Star Most Efficient” for 2013. From the standpoint of energy use, it is an “eco-friendly” TV.
In addition to the bedroom-friendly 42-inch size, the Panasonic TC-LE60 series also comes in sizes of 50, 58, and 65 inches.
The only drawback mentioned by professional reviewers is the somewhat weak audio performance. However, customer reviews were more positive when it came to the sound quality. You’ll have to decide for yourself. Your best bet would be to use a sound bar or a home theater sound system for top-of-the-line sound quality with this TV.
If you want a good-performing mid-size TV (42″) with excellent picture quality at a price that makes it more attractive than the competition, get the Panasonic TC-L42E60. Click here to order it from Panasonic and you’ll not only get the best price online, you’ll get free shipping.
Notable Features of the Panasonic TC-L42E60 LCD TV
- 1080p Full HD Resolution
- Inputs: 3 HDMI, analog video input, 2 USB ports, and an SD card slot
- Ethernet Port
- VR Audio Surround Sound Stereo Speakers
- My Home Screen: customized initial home screen for each viewer
- Viera Connect enables access to content via the Internet: Netflix, HuluPlus, Pandora, YouTube, etc.
- Built-in Web browser
- Skype on TV
- Smart TV
- Your smartphone can be used as a remote control for this TV
- Swipe and Share capability with compatible mobile devices
- Voice Guidance: the TV will talk to you to guide your through basic functions
- Gaming Mode
- Wireless LAN
There are many other functions available with this TV. Read the “Overview” on the Panasonic site for more details.