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Panasonic TC-L42E5 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED-LCD TV

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  • IPS LED 1080p Panel. Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Online Movies, Wi-Fi Ready
  • Media Player SD & USB (Photos, Movies, Music)
  • Thin LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 39.3-Inch x 23.8-Inch x 1.6-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 39.3-Inch x 25.6-Inch x 9.8-Inch
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: TC-L42E5
  • Display Technology: LED-lit
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
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Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 39.3 x 2.1 x 23.8 inches ; 30 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 47 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: TC-L42E5
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,537 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at February 24, 2012
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Product Description

The E5 series feature an IPS LED panel, 1080p resolution, Online Movies, as well VIERA Link.

Media Player

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 is supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files an d web movies right on your TV. *Applicable formats vary depending on the model


The E5 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV’S remote control. In addition to operating a VIERA HDTV, video source, and home theater receiver can be connected to a VIERA HDTV and controlled via VIERA Link remote. Users can then watch their child, pet and/or property by installing the camera and networking to the VIERA HDTV via Ethernet cable.

Online Movies

Simply press the INTERNET button on the remote control to directly access a variety of VOD services. Enjoy online movies and TV programs with ease. *Some content may only be available for specific countries and may be presented in specific languages

High Performance HDTV: A Suite of Technologies

DLNA/Wi-Fi Ready
Connect this DLNA-compatible VIERA HDTV 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. VIERA HDTV's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility. The E5 series is Wi-Fi ready and requires a separate wireless LAN adaptor. * Wireless LAN adaptor not included with purchase.

The IPS LED panel delivers a wide viewing angle with almost no picture degradation at off angle viewing. Get high contrast performance fast response time with the E5 series IPS LED Clear panel.

Environmentally Friendly

Panasonic is committed to producing HDTVs that are mindful of the environment. The new and improved high efficient LED/LCD panels reduce targeted power consumption up to 25% over the 2011 models. The E5 series is Energy Star certified and has a long-life panel.

Dimensions (WxDxH) : 39.3 in x 9.7 in x 25.6 in - With stand.

Input/Output connections: 4 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side, Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2) - Bottom,1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) - Bottom,Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3) - Bottom,1 x Audio output - Bottom,2 x USB (4 pin USB Type A),1 x Network (RJ-45) - Bottom,1 x Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm).

2012 Panasonic VIERA LCD-LED HDTV Comparison Chart

Models: 47", 55"
32", 37", 42", 47"
HD Resolution
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
3/1; 1/1
PC Input
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 SD Slot/1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Clear Panel Pro
Clear Panel Pro
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
Clear Panel
LCD Panel
LCD Panel
LCD Panel
178 Degree Viewing Angle
32" Only


HDMI 1.4 w/ Audio Return Channel
32" Only

Media Player (SD, USB, DLNA)
32" Only

DLNA Capability (via LAN)

Wi-Fi Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Ready

Smartphone Remote Function*

VIERA Connect

Social Networking TV


Skype Communication*

3D Real Sound

2D-3D Conversion
w/ Face Detection

Web Contents Smoother

1920 Backlight Scanning

24p Cinematic Playback


Pro Settings

VIERA Touch Pad Controller

Local Dimming

Multitask Function

360 Backlight Scanning

USB Player

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We purchased this TV after a substantial amount of research and, most importantly, applying the settings recommended in other…The picture is crisp and easy on the eyes. W… Read more ›
Picture is rated just OK. I have a Panasonic plasma and picture is outstanding. If I had to do over again,I would buy a plasma. Read more ›
I have had this TV for just over a year now. The picture is very sharp and bright. I've had no issues at all. Read more ›
I am really a stickler for picture quality, and after getting it in July 2013 and after many picture adjustments, I can be safe in…The picture is super clear and pristine. Read more ›
Picture is great but only one input for AV and the volume is kind of low but overall is a good tv for the price. Read more ›
The settings are so far out from the center point that it would take you quite some time if you did not have a…The sound is decent for TV speakers when using his settings. Read more ›
I am very satisfied with this purchase. The quality of TV and on board sound is very good. This is my first LED, so it may just be that. Read more ›
The picture is fine and the sound is awful. I have had to order a speaker system because the TV's speakers make it very hard to hear dialogue, even with the sound turned… Read more ›
The sound QUALITY is good, but like other reviewers have noted, the volume is low. It is passable without a stereo, but some movies are so quiet that you will probably want… Read more ›
I am dumfounded as to…Basically the sound quality is terrible on this TV and it's hard to hear anything unless you turn the volume way up or use an external speaker system. Read more ›
Great features, great picture, etc. The only thing is the internal speakers are weak so I bought a surround sound system at the same time. All in all, I love my VIERA! Read more ›
This was a present to my daughter and son-in-law who are both pretty tech savvy. He tells me the setup was straightforward and easily accomplished. Both report that the… Read more ›
R…The program to set up is easy to understand and work through, and will still give you tips to what you can do to navigate quicker with the different buttons on the remote. Read more ›
Hardware & software setup are easy. One thing that most people will want to do is to ensure that C.A.T.S (Contrast Automatic Tracking System) is turned "off" in the software. Read more ›
I do some graphics work and may use this for a computer monitor at some time, which is a plus. Set up was easy and good documentation. I think the compact design is… Read more ›
Picture is good. Easy to set up and use. Read more ›
TV was delivered in perfect condition - there wasn't even dirt on the box! Easy to set up. Used the initial settings suggested by one of the other Amazon reviewers… Read more ›
Trying to use as a monitor at work and the colors are not great. Overall TV is very nice. Read more ›
The Panasonic TC-L42E5 is far superior! The picture quality and color is amazing. The screen size is large for an apartment (it's almost like being in the movies). Read more ›
This unit shows very good edge-to-edge color, runs cool and uses less electricity than one might expect, is easily switchable from one…The colors are vivid and lively. P… Read more ›
I bought the wifi adapter and it worked immediately. There is no light bleed ; when the screen is supposed to be black, it is deep black. The motion in this set shows no blur. Read more ›
Twilight blacks--though not deep void ones. Will be better than all LED TVs in its class with regard to blacks and colors. Read more ›
The is an excellent TV. Great sound thru a YAS-101 speaker bar, excellent picture and color. Only draw back is no actual internet capability. Read more ›
Extremely vibrant colors wide viewing angle and have it mounted on a wall opposite a window and there is no glare Read more ›
There is no backlight bleed on the unit I recieved, none. There is however the typical IPS "glow" which is inherent on all IPS screens without special polarizers. Read more ›
And yes, the black lines are still there. I did a little research and I believe it's related to the T-Con board, which is not unique to flat screen TVs. However, Panasonic… Read more ›
We were replacing an older Sharp LCD TV (about 7 years old) with this Panasonic of the same size. The picture quallity is very good, a slight tendancy to be on the… Read more ›
It is more difficult to browse Hulu and AmazonPrime…Still it is really great to be able to watch these applications on the nice big screen and not on our computer monitors. Read more ›
Love the extra HDMI ports. Also, I can run my laptop screen on the TV with a 35 ft SVGA cable, but at lower resolution. Read more ›
This TV turned out to be a nice flat screen TV. The price was reasonable for the TV and it has a very good picture. Read more ›
Sure enough the back of the TV was dented but thankfully I haven't…This was exactly the reason I was hesitant to purchase a TV online but the price was too good to pass up. Read more ›
I will recommend to everyone, that amazon is the best way to go. The price was fantastic. Read more ›
Good: Price is reasonable IPS panel, wide viewing angles Read more ›
It has a great picture and it is very light. Easy to move around and it is a great price. I usually go with Panasonic and I have no regrets. Read more ›
Got this Panasonic Viera 42" TV today, after having purchased it on Amazon for a very good price recently ($ 370). As another recent reviewer has mentioned, the packaging… Read more ›
Set-up was easy and Viera features are great, but picture quality is not what I'm used to with my Panasonic plasma. The 37 inch screen is a perfect fit for the cabinet… Read more ›
My setting is Vivid, with some modifications: Read more ›
It is. The only flaw most can find is the issue with wireless connectivity. I would not disregard what they say because each of the other reviewers have mentioned a… Read more ›
I got this TV as a gift almost a year a go and the best features are; -Very Light Read more ›
The quality is excellent, set up was easy and delivery was fast. There is a review on here which gives an excellent guide to setting the settings for the best picture. If… Read more ›
Received it very quickly without any damage. Setup is fast and default settings provide a good image. Have other Panasonic TV's and love the images they provide. Read more ›
Initial setup was simple and yes the standard picture settings are…This TV is mainly for watching movies (streaming Netflix is excellent) but I also have an OTA antenna. Read more ›
Delivery from Amazon was slower than usual, but I suspect since the TV was brand new to the market, this was not within Amazon's…Youtube videos are great at full screen. Read more ›
I have the TV hooked up via Ethernet to my router. The Netflix apps works awesome, and so does the Vudu. Vudu HDX looks awesome on this set. Read more ›
This TV is fantastic for the price. The apps work well as well. IPS Panel works pretty good. Read more ›
So far, streaming from Netflix has been perfect. Read more ›
Its pretty good - the back light is a little bit brighter than I would like,…Netflix app sucks and causes the screen to flicker occasionally, but I do not use it so w/e. Read more ›
USB Port DOES NOT READ USB-powered-HDD, don't blame the TV, it says clearly, Thumb…TV Remote control works well on the SONY Network MEDIA Player if you connected thru HDMI. Read more ›
The picture is very good. The controls are simple and easy to understand. I haven't used the manual since early in the setup. Read more ›
My experience with several Panasonic TV's,…The quality of the products have been excellent and the ergonomics of the products and their remote controls is outstanding. F… Read more ›
We use only OTA signals and the picture looks great! The remote is simple to manage with minimal intuition. I connected the television direct to my router via ethernet,… Read more ›
For less than the cost of a really long ethernet cable, a powerline adapter, or Panasonic's wifi adapter you can just buy a Roku Read more ›
It could be improved by relocating buttons to a more convenient to access location on the TV, better audio processing and speakers and a minor change to the Ethernet port… Read more ›
I did like it when it worked. It had a great picture and was easy to use. Read more ›
Simple to use, connected to Internet via Ethernet cable. all functions working as expected. Very satisfied with Panasonic's Viera equipment, as have numerous Panasonic… Read more ›
Everything about the TV was as advertised Easy to use. Pricing was great. Read more ›
Although the picture and color lags in quality, Panasonic does a good job with the 'smart' and…Very fun to navigate and scroll through the different options this tv offers. Read more ›
It is light and has a small footprint. Picture quality is great and easy to use. Read more ›
We…The picture quality is good, the sound is good enough (using it in our bedroom) and the smart features are everything we need (and much easier to use than I expected). Read more ›
The side profile reveals how…Stand is nice, and overall the 42-in TV has a relatively small footprint and fit nicely into the space that once was occupied by my 32-in TV. Read more ›
T…My knocks against it are that the included stand is very low, so you cannot place a center-channel speaker in front of the display, as its infrared sensor would be blocked. Read more ›
I…So it was a bit of a labor to come up with a solution and I went through a few Samsungs (terrible, cheaply made and horrendous stands), but this one seriously nailed it. Read more ›
Good quality on the exterior with a good solid stand. The external surfaces have a shiney finish that reflects external light, which can be distracting. Read more ›
I was also very surprised on how thin the TV is. Its 1 inch thick from front to back and it also comes with a nifty stand if you can’t hang up your TV on the wall. So… Read more ›
With he IPS panel there is no loss of picture quality from any viewing angle, just clear as…It's the perfect size for my 5th Wheel Trailer and can be viewed from any angle. Read more ›
Video NR: Off Aspect Adjustments: Full, HD Size: Size 2 Advance Picture: Read more ›
I have a sound system hooked up, so that is not an issue. The TV was well packaged and arrived in good shape. Read more ›
Great picture, decent sound and a good size at a decent price. Why aren't concise reviews allowed? Read more ›
Happy with this Panasonic . Nice picture and like the size. The shipping was slower than we liked but that is because I didn't have or phone nu. on Amazon. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

263 of 268 people found the following review helpful By GGobblin on April 7, 2012
Size Name: 37-Inch Verified Purchase
Bought this from Amazon about a month ago. Did A LOT of online and in store research looking for a 32"-40" LED TV.
Looked at Vizio, Samsung, Sony, LG in addition to Panasonic.
After a month - I'm very satisfied with my selection.

If you have read the reviews on this model here on Amazon you will see overall very good comments.
Have seen some silly complaints about short power cord, and have seen some about the wifi adapter(I'm using ethernet cable). And some average comments on the sound, but the major points of the TV are Great.
There is one reviewer (C Reach) who claims to have gotten video settings online - THIS IS TOTAL BS. I HAVE SEARCHED AND SEARCHED - Does Not Exist.

Below you will find a Pros and Cons list and my picture and sound settings. My settings were done using my eyes and ears no calibration equipment.
Everyone's taste and environment are different, so these are what look good on mine. I will eventually test further with my calibration discs, but for those looking foe a good starting point from which to fine tune - this should help.

Non Gloss screen reduces glare
Amazing viewing angles
Good overall contrast and color quality
Low power consumption
Smart (Flat) input layout on back
Good assortment of connections* (*Component video needs to use the included adapter - no biggie)
Price / Performance Ratio is BEST in Class
DNLA and Internet Features
Build Quality
No Spotlighting from corners like the Samsung sets (That was a dealbreaker for me)
Easy Setup

Sound could be better - Sure, but is equal to or better than most in this class
Could have more extensive picture adjustment settings, but has enough to obtain a quality picture.
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137 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 5, 2012
Size Name: 37-Inch Verified Purchase
This TV provides an excellent picture, with a very wide viewing angle (for an LCD). However...

On page 63 of the manual, it says "The TV's internal software was designed to work with Panasonic's wireless adapter model DY-WL10." After trying three non-Panasonic wireless adapters just to see if they would work (they wouldn't), I purchased the Panasonic adapter, but, as the other reviewer discovered, the TV would not recognize the DY-WL10. Panasonic's Netconnect site covers only 2011 television models--nothing about 2012 models.

When I called Panasonic Support today, I was told that, no, the DY-WL10 isn't compatible with any of the 2012 Panasonic models. The model that the support rep recommended is the DY-WL5, which isn't available yet; I can't find it on Amazon, or even on Panasonic's own site. B&H Photo lists it for pre-order with a March 31st availability date. So, at least until that date, this TV cannot use a wireless connection.

Backup plan: I used a powerline ethernet adapter to connect the TV to my router. The TV recognized it easily, and it works fine in my house. But, as with all powerline products, your house's wiring must be pretty good for it to work well enough for video transfer.

[Edit 03/08/2012] As a commenter pointed out, the appropriate wireless adapter for this TV (and I assume all 2012 Panasonic WiFi-ready models) is the DY-WL20, not the DY-WL5. Of course, I can't find that model for sale either as of this moment.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By C. Reach on March 4, 2012
Size Name: 37-Inch Verified Purchase
Really great tv. Perfect size for my office/studio. Picture quality is excellent. I calibrated the tv using settings I found with a quick google search. Sound is ok, but as with most flat screens it lacks a really impressive on board audio set up. Xbox 360 games look incredible. I've been playing Skyrim and Battlefield 3 and am blown away by the picture. I fired up amazon prime (through Viera Cast) and watched Troll Hunter in HD. Again, beautiful picture (and awesome low budget Norweigian movie).

And now a more niche consideration. I am an illustrator by trade and use a Wacom tablet and photoshop in my day to day work. I purchased this tv with the intention of utilizing it as a third, large scale monitor for certain projects. A big reason I went for this particular tv is the LED screen. I find it is much easier on my eyes when I am painting on screen for hours on end.

So there you have it. Beautiful image quality, a decent service lineup (Netflix, Prime, etc.), customization, great aesthetics, light weight, and it won't make your eyes bleed when you are painting an event poster at 2 in the morning.

And yes, it says wi-fi ready but it needs an adapter. Otherwise it would say built in wi-fi. so the option is either buy a tv with built in (an extra $200-$2000) or buy an adapter ($60.. I agree it's a rip off. I ran a wire.). Same reason the E3 model had only 4 stars, from what I read in the reviews. So if you can get past that, this is a really excellent buy.
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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 5, 2012
Size Name: 42-Inch Verified Purchase
After spending several days looking at different TV's, we decided on this 42" Panasonic LED LCD. I am an electrical engineer and I understand the difference between an traditional LCD and an LED LCD. I liked the lower power usage and light weight of this TV. I have also had a Panasonic TV (tube type) for over 15 years and it still looks great. Consequently, I had a high degree of confidence with Panasonic. Unfortunately, the picture on this TV seems washed out. The darkest dark value is really grey. I tried changing the settings as much as possible and it never really made a difference that was acceptable. Also, I found we were pegging out the operating variables such as backlight, contrast, brightness, and others in trying to improve the picture. I tried many different combinations and we just could not improve the sense that the picture was washed out. Also, I have to wonder whether a TV is worth buying if you have to do so much adjustment to its default settings to get an acceptable picture. Unfortunately, this TV is going back to Amazon. I am glad we purchased it from Amazon directly so we got the 30 day return guarantee. We will return it immediately.

Update: We bought an LG 47" LED LCD TV after we returned this one. Beyond the fact that it is bigger than this TV, one thing to note is that the picture was much better--no washed out look to it. This was with the default settings, not after extensive adjustments as was needed with the Panasonic TV. We are very happy with the LG at this point.
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