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Panasonic TX-L42E6B review

 Review: November 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Panasonic TX-L42E6B is an excellent 42 inch LED TV with the benefit of Smart TV but without 3D. It lacks some bells and whistles found on more expensive sets, but offers good value for the budget buyer.



 

Design & looks

Panasonic is steadily raising its game when it comes to how its products look. The E6B may be the base model in the company's 42 inch range for 2013, but it's smart and can stand next to a Samsung or a Sony without embarrassment. We particularly like the ultra narrow bezel that surrounds the screen and the overall slimness of the TV. The transparent strip along the bottom is another nice touch.

Menus have also been updated and feel much more 2013 in style. As a result the TV is easier to use than older models, and the standard remote is quite user friendly with nice big buttons. The system allows you to create customised home screens for each user. These can be customised by adding channels and apps.

We should perhaps also mention the A+ efficiency rating here.

Picture quality

A 42 inch screen is an excellent size for a family TV. This entry-level model succeeds in producing high levels of contrast with some nice deep blacks. It's capable of generating nice bright images too - perfect for watching in daytime or in a brightly-lit room. On the other hand, the viewing angles are rather narrow - if you sit off-centre you'll notice those lovely blacks begin to fade to grey and overall contrast is reduced. That could be a problem for family viewing.

There's also some sign of cloudiness in the backlighting, which is common in cheaper edgelit LED panels.

The display isn't very responsive either. The backlighting runs at an unimpressive 100Hz, which can lead to ghosting when watching sport or fast-moving action. It's rather laggy for gaming too.

Despite all this, the image processing on this TV does a good job of displaying both standard and high definition content, and the overall effect is much better than the native hardware might suggest. In particular the dynamic range was much better than we expected.

3D is not available on this TV.

Audio quality

This TV has 2 Full Range stereo speakers delivering a total power of 10W x 2. There's an overall lack of bass from the speakers, but voice reproduction is clear enough. Audio performance is typical for a mid-range flat panel TV and would benefit from hooking up to a sound system or soundbar.

Smart TV

Panasonic's VIERA Connect is reasonably comprehensive, with support for youtube, the BBC iPlayer, facebook, twitter, Skype and Netflix. There's also a web browser with HTML5 support. It does lag behind the other manufacturers however, with no LoveFilm app or ITV Player for example.

Connectivity

Connectivity is a real strength of this model. There are 3 HDMI ports, plus built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet for connecting to the internet. Legacy devices are supported with component/composite and SCART connectors, and you can output sound using the digital optical audio output. You can also plug in a USB device to view video, music or photos and you can connect the TV to a networked PC or laptop via DLNA to use as a media centre.

With a compatible smartphone you can download the VIERA Remote2 app and use this to control the TV. You can also view content from the smartphone on the TV screen.

In addition, the TV comes with a built-in Freeview HD tuner.

Conclusion - a good budget choice

If you're shopping for a 42 inch television, the E6B is one of the cheapest models you'll find. Nevertheless, it looks good - in fact it looks much more expensive than it is. It's easy to use and the Smart TV functions are pretty, well, smart. Connectivity is another strength of the TV, particularly the built-in Wi-Fi, smartphone compatibility and the potential to network with other devices.

At the same time, there are features lacking. There's no 3D and the picture quality has some issues, particularly for sport, action movies and gaming. Audio quality is weak.

But when you consider the price, you'll find this to be a reasonable trade off. Other TVs to consider at this price level are the Sony KDL-42W653A and Samsung UE40F6200.


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Reviewed by steve from united kingdom on 27th Dec 2014
its a great tv but I am not great with technology does anyone know how to get on the internet via my laptop is it possible to do it wireless many thanks steve.
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Reviewed by Nick from Malaysia on 28th Jan 2014
Just bought this last night..
1.Very nice sleek design.
2.Good colors.
3.But dont have a good sound quality.
4.Tested this tv using Playstation 3 and turned out great.
5.Lucky this tv has built in wifi. Can also connect using the lan cable.
6.Easily can be remote via Panasonic Remote App on Googlestore.
7.Overall im satisfied with the performance.
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