For those of you who thought the Panasonic Viera TC-L42D30 we reviewed earlier in the week was a poor value, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got something a little better for you to close out the week–its spiritual and technological predecessor, the Panasonic Viera TC-L42D2.
The Panasonic TC-L42D2 is a forty two inch 1080p LED television that offers a 120Hz refresh rate, 24p Smooth Film mode, the Viera Image Viewer with supporting SD Memory Card slot, Viera Link to keep all your Panasonic devices working together on the same remote, two ten watt speakers, three HDMI inputs, two composite inputs, a PC input, a headphone jack and an iPod dock.
The quality on this one, overall, is a bit less than the D30 we talked about earlier. The sound a bit less, the picture likewise, and the inputs are also a bit on the inferior side as well. There’s no streaming, and though it will handle today and yesterday’s needs about equally well, it won’t tackle tomorrow’s with a whole lot of effectiveness. Still though, it’s not a bad package, this one, and it will put on a reasonably effective show.
Considering that the folks out at Amazon want nine hundred bucks for this one, well, you’re in pretty good shape, especially if you liked the D30 from earlier this week but thought it was just too much of an upfront investment, you’ll be in good company. It’s a better system for people who are actively looking for a bargain. Still not the best bargain you’ll find out there, though, but for a relatively recent piece of hardware, not half bad.
The Panasonic TC-L42D2 may not blow you away like some will, but if you want an LED television in the sub-thousand dollar range, this one is a great item to start looking at.