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Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV

B&H # PATCL42E50 Mfr # TC-L42E50
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Product Highlights
  • IPS LED Panel
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Clear Panel Filter
  • 24p Playback (3:2), 24p Smooth
  • VIERA Image Viewer (Photo & Movie)
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • DLNA / Wi-Fi Ready (Requires Adaptor)
  • Game Mode
  • 1x SD Slot, 2x USB
  • 4 HDMI Connections

Energy Guide With the Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV, Panasonic continues to build upon technology that brings you tomorrow's technology today. The vivid contrast, low operating cost, slim design and environmentally friendly attributes of LEDs are well known but recent strides in backlighting technology backed by decreasing cost have made these TVs increasingly popular. The magic starts with the IPS (In Plane Switching) Panel which provides optimal quality even when viewed 178 degrees off axis. Videophiles will be able to have all the benefits of the movie theater at home with 24p Cinematic Playback, which recreates the look of movies shot for the theater screen at 24 frames-per-second.

Convenience features include an SD media card slot and 2 USB ports for viewing media directly from a memory cards and sticks. The TC-L42E50's Media Player allows you to enjoy an extensive range of photo, video and audio formats. Your TV's wide connectivity also includes 2 HDMI inputs as well as component, composite and optical inputs. Let's not forget that the TC-L42E50's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility (requires adapter). Connect a DLNA-compatible Viera and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house.

Gamers will appreciate the 1,080 lines of moving-picture resolution coupled with Game Mode which optimizes contrast and sharpness and accelerates image processing. The C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System) will even adjust the screen's brightness in relation to the ambient light conditions.

Finally, not only is your TV eco-friendly, thanks to the elimination of mercury and lead, but it's loaded with energy-saving features like auto shut-off and Intelligent Auto Standby that continue to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint long after your purchase. Once you become enamored of your TV capabilities you'll be happy to know that it's going to be around for a long time. The TC-L42E50 is made to last for up to 100,000 hours before showing its age.

24p Cinema Smoother - Naturally Flowing Film Images
The system analyzes the frames before and after, and generates and inserts three new frames. By displaying images with 96 frames compared to the 24-frame original source, smooth images are produced without the blurring that is typical of movies.
Wide Viewing Angle - Brilliant Images from Every Seat
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.
Smartphone Remote - Viera Remote App Support
Enjoy more intuitive free-point operation for web browsing, by using the touch screen as a touchpad. The Viera Remote App lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Both tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Text input is easy, too, with familiar keyboard operation. These handy devices also make great gamepads.
Game Pad Operation
Gamepad content for Viera Connect game applications can be enjoyed on the large screen which is perfect for group gaming.
Browser Linkage - Linking Content Enables Greater Enjoyment
You can easily display web pages accessed by your smart phone on your Viera TV.
Media Flick
Present photos, music and movies that are on your smart phone on your Viera TV.
Product Support Center - Instant Support When You Need It
Easy-to-understand frequently asked questions (FAQ) about connecting peripheral devices and operating methods are explained via movies. A video guide can be accessed from Viera Connect.
eHELP - Inside the User's Manual
No need to search through the user's manual. Now you can find out how to operate and connect devices right on your TV screen. Just press the Help button on the remote control to display eHELP.
Viera Connect Takes You to a New World
Viera Connect is an internet service for TVs based on the use of cloud servers. It brings you video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, games, educational content, and lots more, through a wide range of apps. It's a great way to relax in your living room with family and friends.
WiFi Ready - Neat and Comfortable Wireless Internet Connection
It's easy to connect to the internet or a home network by using the Wireless LAN Adapter. There is no need for cords or cables, so the layout is flexible and the room stays neat and uncluttered. Using a wireless connection for VIERA Connect and employing the DLNA function make it easy to share photos and movies. (Wireless LAN Adaptor is sold separately)
DLNA - A Home Network Linking the Entire House
A DLNA-compatible Viera TV makes network connection super easy. It makes content easy to share by linking equipment over a home network. Enjoy photos, movies, music and more in the living room, bedroom, or any room in the house (required Wireless LAN Adaptor is sold separately).
Game Mode - Get More Excitement Out of Gaming
Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. Your TV automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful displayed. Game Mode makes all of the game apps on Viera Connect even more fun to play.
Media Player - Play Various Types of Formats Easily
Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV.
Viera Link - One Remote Controls Them All
Viera Link interlinks the operation of various AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the Viera remote. Setup is easy, too. Simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.
Environment-Friendly Panel - Mercury and Lead Free
Panasonic is committed to making products that are friendlier to the environment. In line with this commitment, all Viera LED display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces the impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.
Long Panel Life - Years of Beautiful Images
One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality Viera HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing eight hours a day.
Eco Mode - Searching for Waste and Automatically Saving Power
This mode automatically turns the power off and adjusts the brightness depending on the TV's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from Viera Tools.
Auto Shut Down
This setting automatically turns the power off when there's no image signal for 10 minutes or more, or when there's no activity for three hours or more.
Power Save
This setting adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.
Power Saving Functions in Viera Link - Ecological and Easy
Intelligent Auto Standby minimizes the power of each connected device depending on usage to reduce wasted energy.
C.A.T.S. (Contrast Automatic Tracking System)
This feature detects the brightness of the room and automatically adjusts screen brightness accordingly. When the room darkens, it lowers the screen brightness and adjusts the image quality for easier viewing while suppressing power consumption.
Display
Screen Size (Diagonal) 42"
Aspect Ratio 16 : 9
Pixel Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness Not Specified By Manufacturer
Contrast Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Response Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Viewing Angle(H x V) 178° H x 178° V
Video
Video System ATSC, Clear QAM, NTSC
HDTV Compatibility 1080 p
1080 i
720 p
TV Scan Lines Up to 1080
TV Tuner Yes
Speaker
Sound Surround Sound
Subwoofer No
Power 20 W
Orientation Full-Range x 2 L/R
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs 4x HDMI Audio/Video In (Side)
1x RCA Composite Video In
1x RCA Composite Audio In (Bottom)
1x RCA Component Video In (Bottom)
1x RCA Component Audio In (Bottom)
1x VGA Video In
2x USB 2.0 Audio/Video In
1x Ethernet LAN In (Bottom)
Convenience
Picture Modes Aspect Control: 480i/p, Full, H-Fill, Just, Zoom
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready
Menu Language English, Spanish, French
Remote Control Yes
General
Power Requirements 110-127 VAC, 60 Hz
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C)
Energy Star Compliant UL6500/C-UL
Dimensions (WxHxD) 39.3 x 25.6 x 9.8" / 99.8 x 65.0 x 24.9 cm With stand
39.3 x 23.8 x 2.1" / 99.8 x 60.4 x 5.3 cm Without stand
Weight 37.5 lb / 17.01 kg With stand
30.9 lb / 14.02 kg Without stand
Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Pedestal (TBL5ZX0037)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Child Safety
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Registration Card (U.S.A.)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    PanasonicSmart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Energy efficient (3)

    Cons

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        4.0

        Bang for your $$$

        By Nick

        from Montreal, QC

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • All the connections options I could ever need
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • LED-backlit

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Wall Mounting

        Comments about Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV:

        Got this for the bedroom. I have a plasma Panasonic TV in the basement and although the color is not as good on this LED, it's pretty darn close. Bottom line: For added functionality (i.e. playing media via USB with great compatibility) this TV delivers. N.B. This was easy to install on a wall mount all by myself since the TV is pretty light.

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        5.0

        Great TV Set

        By Pat

        from Winterville, NC

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Reduced Glare

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Theater

          Comments about Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV:

          Great product. Better than expected..

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          4.0

          So far good... Better than expected

          By Longtime Mac User

          from Ramona Ca

          About Me Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Best looking TV out there
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Energy Efficient
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Reduced Glare

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Movies

          Comments about Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV:

          Second set.... Should be my first... as the clarity, detail and color are better than my other set. Easy to set up... Even older, BW films jump out at you much more so than I am used to... Two wishes and one issue.. Wish the remote was a bit more universal....Second wish: Sound is a bit weak

          Issue: the hook up to the internet, while it should be transparent, has been more difficult than I thought... You need a TY-WL20U wireless adapter not the TY-WL5U that I thought I needed...So I cannot review hookup to the web until this part arrives... B & H from my perspective has been the best online store I have dealt with the past 5 or 6 years...

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          4.0

          Great Piece of Electronics

          By Sako K.

          from Los Angeles, CA

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                Comments about Panasonic Smart Viera 42" Class E50 Series Full HD LED HDTV:

                Decision Criteria:
                It should be made clear that I purchased the Panasonic TC-L42E50 to use as a dedicated computer monitor and not as a TV. I was tired of dual monitors and wanted to get one large (ok…huge) screen to replace my dual 20" Dell monitors. Now that I have this as my primary computer monitor, I'm noticing the difference in clarity from a 'true' computer monitor. It seems that the resolution just isn't quite high enough to have that crisp computer image I was hoping for. For photo work it is great. Not so much when dealing with small text.

                PROS:
                The Alpha IPS LED Panel was at the top of my must have list.
                Image Quality
                Non-Gloss screen
                Great color rendition
                Great overall design
                Smart location for connectors

                CONS:
                Small text very fuzzy and almost illegible even at full HD 1920x1080 resolution using HDMI cable
                D-sub 15-p[in connector...would have preferred DVI
                Supported resolutions did not work properly with matching resolutions on my graphics card (solved by using a DVI to HDMI cable)

                I have not tested it out as a television yet, nor have I tried out all the features (Skype, Social Networking, Remote App Support, Wireless LAN, Media Player, etc). I will update this review once I do. All in all, I highly recommend this monitor, even for use as a dedicated computer monitor.

                B&H had done a great job in increasing the packaging to help protect the screen during transport.

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