Panasonic TX-L42ET5B TV reviews and prices: 42" Full HD 1080p LED screen

42 customer reviews

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8.8 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.
Panasonic TX-L42ET5B with 42" Full HD 1080p LED screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview HD. See full product description
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Tom, Bristol Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to set up and although the image initially needs to be fine tuned to make it look better, once done it looks excellent. For comparison, I viewed a friend's LG of similar spec & the image on that was far worse for standard def (although I kept my mouth shut!) 3D is also remarkably good using the passive technology. Great value for money considering I picked it up for about £560. Also excellent for gaming. No noticeable lag on or offline so long as you select the Game Mode and don't have the 3D running.
Bad points:
Any typing using the remote is cumbersome. Sound quality is poor, but that's what sound systems are for, huh! As the TV is edge lit, there are slight 'light bleeding' issues from the corners of the screen, but this is only noticeable on pitch black images so not really an issue.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 3.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Oct 2012

Gav, Leamington Spa Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb image quality. Infact cannot emphasise enough the high quality of 300hz picture quality, its brilliant. Standard or High Def, thid TV produces amazing pictures.

The in-built WiFi is very good and stable, Iplayer and Netflix are the apps I have used without issue. The web browser also works and is useful.

I do not use 3D a lot so cannot comment but the option is there.

The USB options are very handy, very easy to navigate to content for photos, videos or music.
Bad points:
Only gripe may be with the sound quality - not as good as the Samsung LED tv I have. Slightly tinny, although once you increase thr bass and lower the treble it sounde a lot better. I will eventually replace sound with a soundbar.

For all the other excellent features I can live with the sound being the only main bad point.

No LoveFilm app (Netflix is pretty rubbish for films!)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Oct 2012

Aneston, Film and documentary lover

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Advanced tech...Internet tv
Bad points:
Apps
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 7.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Oct 2012

june, cumbria Sports and games fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good value product good quality
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2012

Lesley, Doncaster Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up and use. Looks good and has excellent picture quality.
Bad points:
Bit of a faff using the remote on the Internet and sound quality was better on my old Samsung TV.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Nov 2012

Olivier, Witham Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality.
Bad points:
None so far.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jan 2013

Geoff, Hastings Occasional TV watcher

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
3D image good, sharp image,
Bad points:
HDMI sockets situated so that you need to put a tight bend in the cable so that they cannot be seen from the front.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2013

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 42
Type of screen LED
3D Yes
HD TV HD Ready
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Number of HDMI ports 4
Connections HDMI
Connections Ethernet
Connections Wireless
Smart TV Yes
Frequency (Hz) 300
Screen aspect ratio 16:9
Reflection angle 178
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1920
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Energy efficiency A*
Headphone Socket Yes
Weight (kg) 14.5
Release date 2012-03-19

Also known as: Panasonic Viera TX-L42ET5B, Panasonic TX-L42ET5, PANASONIC TXL42ET5B

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Manufacturer's Description

  • Passive 3D (4x Glasses Included)
  • 300Hz Backlight Scanning
  • 2D-3D Conversion
  • Wide Viewing Angle with IPS LED LCD
  • Enjoy online content on VIERA Connect with Web Browser
  • Freeview HD Built-in

42" Smart VIERA LED TV – A Smart Experience with Easy 3D

A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

In addition to increasing the generated frames from 50 to 100 frames per second, backlight control has evolved through area splitting. The backlight’s fine blinking reduces afterimages, to produce smooth, fast movements without blurring. Sports scenes, action scenes and other fast-motion images are crisp and clear.

Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real-time. The image depth is analyzed from the compositional, color and brightness data of each scene, to convert 2D images into naturally beautiful 3D images. In addition to ordinary TV programs, this method can be used to convert a variety of 2D images — such as web content, Blu-ray Disc™ media, and photos and movies saved onto SD Memory Cards — into 3D images with a high level of precision.

With VIERA’s wide 178° viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

VIERA Connect allows users to enjoy video and music, sports, games, and a variety of other content in addition to the standard movies and TV programmes on a high-quality large-screen TV through the simple operation of a remote control. The cloud-based Internet service also supports interactive services using applicable equipment as well as an Internet-based shopping function that allows such equipment to be purchased straight from the TV.


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