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Panasonic TX-L42E3B

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      26.06.2012 11:17
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      Think twice before buying a Panasonic and make sure the warranty covers your area!

      --What you get--
      A stunning plasma telly with razor sharp resolution and remote. Ours is linked to a Virgin box for digital TV and the Playstation 2 to play DVDs.

      --Value for money--
      Now a big plasma screen telly is always going to be expensive. In comparison to others on the market, I'd be inclined to say this is quite pricey, but I haven't shopped around as I didn't personally buy the telly, it's the communal telly in our houseshare. Basically, buying a TV is a one off big purchase that should last a household many years.

      --My personal opinion--
      The interface for recording shows and changing the channel is intuitive with a large menu displaying what's on on what channel when. I liked the recording feature and the fact you can listen to digital radio via the telly.

      However, the TV is currently down and refuses to power on. With our local Panasonic repair place closed down, this is incredibly inconvenient. Having tried to fix it ourselves, we realised that the number of cables connected to a TV are confusing to say the least! The seven flashes of the red light.

      It is a pretty new TV as well, so problems like this should not be happening. It's for this reason I'm only giving it a three out of ten. For the price, it should work for many years as it hasn't been misused so the problem can't be a result of general wear and tear, and if it was it shouldn't shut down completely but should offer an error message as to what the problem is. It should be easier to fix yourself when something goes wrong and the TV repair market shouldn't be a monopoly of control over TV repairs.

      These problems aside, when we did use the TV it was a joy to use. Huge screen, clear resolution and ideal size for relaxing after a long day at work. There were minor problems with the reception of the remote, but we think this was more to do with the Virgin digital box than the actual TV!

      Summary: Think twice before buying a Panasonic and make sure the warranty covers your area!

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  • Product Details

    Panasonic E3 LED TV use IPS Alpha panel to double the response speed for a more even and rapid response. The IPS Alpha panel is also known for its wide viewing angle and excellent light transmittance. With a new bright, energy-saving LED backlight images do not fade when viewed from an angle, and a uniformly high-speed response across the entire range ensures crisp moving images with minimal afterglow. The IPS Alpha LED LCD offers superb contrast and also contributes to the display's slim design. View full-HD images using SD card slot. Now you can watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into VIERA to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. To get quicker image response and enhance your gaming experience use Game Mode. It increases your enjoyment of video games. VIERA Link allows the interlinked operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting the devices to each other by an HDMI cable. The VIERA E3 LED TV series includes built-in Freeview HD for a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in Full HD.