The Panasonic TCL42E50 is an internet TV that comes with some internet apps. The TV has a good dynamic contrast ratio and uses an average amount of power to run. It comes with a variety of inputs and outputs, including four HDMI inputs. The Panasonic TCL42E50 only allows you to do one task at a time. For instance, you can be on Facebook or you can watch TV, but you can't do both at the same time. The remote for the Panasonic smart TV is a basic TV remote.

The Panasonic TCL42E50 has built-in Wi-Fi. This internet-connected TV comes with six internet apps: easy IPTV Netflix™, Amazon Video On Demand™, Napster, Pandora, CinemaNow and Facebook. You'll have the same internet access on these sites as you would on your computer, but the display may appear different.

This smart TV comes with a 42-inch LED screen. It has two 10-watt speakers. The aspect ratio for the Panasonic TCL42E50 is 16:9, which is standard for widescreen viewing. It has a 1920x1080p high-definition resolution, and it plays at 24 frames per second. The display of colors from white to black, the dynamic contrast ratio, is 4,000,000:1, which means it has deep blacks and bright whites. This internet-connected TV has a viewing angle of 178 degrees from right to left.

The Panasonic TCL42E50 has an eight-millisecond response time. This is slower than response times for the other products we reviewed. However, eight milliseconds is still fast enough that it's unlikely you'll notice any ghosting. The refresh rate is 120 Hz, which is a great speed. This smart TV uses 104 watts of power on average when it's running, and meets Energy Star approval.

It has one composite input, one component input, four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, one PC input, one Ethernet/LAN port, one digital audio output and one SD card slot. You can connect your Panasonic TCL42E50 to your local area network (LAN) through the DLNA connection. This allows you to access files on your computer and other electronic devices connected to your network.

The parental controls on this internet-connected TV perform two functions. The child lock allows you to control the internet apps your children can access. It also allows you to block TV content that has certain FCC ratings. You can do this through the settings in the TV.

This TV has a basic remote that has buttons to access your internet apps and SD card. The numeric keypad doubles for the alphabet keys. This smart TV remote is not as convenient to use as other remotes that have full keyboards.

This internet-ready TV doesn't have an integrated search function, meaning you can't search your TV channels, internet apps and LAN files at the same time. Instead, you must search them individually. This can be kind of a hassle and makes the process longer.

Panasonic offers email, telephone and live chat tech support. The chat support representatives don't know as much about the products as other manufacturer's chat services representatives do. The manufacturer's website also has FAQs and a service center locator. The Panasonic TCL42E50 comes with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty.

The Panasonic TCL42E50 is an internet TV that comes with some internet apps. The TV has a good dynamic contrast ratio and uses an average amount of power to run. It comes with a variety of inputs and outputs, including four HDMI inputs. The Panasonic TCL42E50 only allows you to do one task at a time. For instance, you can be on Facebook or you can watch TV, but you can't do both at the same time. The remote for the Panasonic smart TV is a basic TV remote.

The Panasonic TCL42E50 has built-in Wi-Fi. This internet-connected TV comes with six internet apps: easy IPTV Netflix™, Amazon Video On Demand™, Napster, Pandora, CinemaNow and Facebook. You'll have the same internet access on these sites as you would on your computer , but the display may appear different.

This smart TV comes with a 42-inch LED screen. It has two 10-watt speakers. The aspect ratio for the Panasonic TCL42E50 is 16:9, which is standard for widescreen viewing. It has a 1920x1080p high-definition resolution, and it plays at 24 frames per second. The display of colors from white to black, the dynamic contrast ratio, is 4,000,000:1, which means it has deep blacks and bright whites. This internet-connected TV has a viewing angle of 178 degrees from right to left.

The Panasonic TCL42E50 has an eight-millisecond response time. This is slower than response times for the other products we reviewed. However, eight milliseconds is still fast enough that it's unlikely you'll notice any ghosting. The refresh rate is 120 Hz, which is a great speed. This smart TV uses 104 watts of power on average when it's running, and meets Energy Star approval.

It has one composite input, one component input, four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, one PC input, one Ethernet/LAN port, one digital audio output and one SD card slot. You can connect your Panasonic TCL42E50 to your local area network (LAN) through the DLNA connection. This allows you to access files on your computer and other electronic devices connected to your network.

The parental controls on this internet-connected TV perform two functions. The child lock allows you to control the internet apps your children can access. It also allows you to block TV content that has certain FCC ratings. You can do this through the settings in the TV.

This TV has a basic remote that has buttons to access your internet apps and SD card. The numeric keypad doubles for the alphabet keys. This smart TV remote is not as convenient to use as other remotes that have full keyboards.

This internet-ready TV doesn't have an integrated search function, meaning you can't search your TV channels, internet apps and LAN files at the same time. Instead, you must search them individually. This can be kind of a hassle and makes the process longer.

Panasonic offers email, telephone and live chat tech support. The chat support representatives don't know as much about the products as other manufacturer's chat services representatives do. The manufacturer's website also has FAQs and a service center locator. The Panasonic TCL42E50 comes with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty.

Panasonic TC-L42E50 Summary:
6.3/10

The Panasonic TCL42E50 is a nice TV with some internet apps. You won't have a full web browser, but you do have access to Viera Connect Market, which is Panasonic's app store. The TV remote's primary function is to control the TV, so it lacks convenient internet features. You can search your smart TV, LAN and internet apps, but you have to do so separately. The Panasonic TCL42E50 is a good HDTV that will give you limited internet access.

 
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Panasonic TC-L42E50

Pros
The Panasonic TC-L42E50 has six internet apps and access to Panasonic's app store.

Cons
The TV remote is primarily for TV use, not internet activities. The number pad is the alphabet keyboard as well.

The Verdict
: 6.25/10

This internet TV will give you internet apps and TV access, but other internet TVs provide better peripheral integration.