Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo Profile

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo Profile

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Front View
Photo of the front view of the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

To start off, look at the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV is a front view of the set. The TV is shown here with an actual image (one of the test images available on the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Disc 2nd Edition). The photo has been brightness and contrast adjusted in order to make the TV's edge-to-edge black bezel design more visible for this photo presentation.

There is a set of controls located on the right side, behind the screen (will be shown in the next photo in this profile). The controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which we will also take a look at later in this profile.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Onboard Controls

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Onboard Controls
Photo of the oboard controls on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Here is a look at the onboard controls that are located just behind the right side of the screen.

As shown in the photo, the controls are arranged vertically. Starting on the bottom and moving up is the power button, the volume up/down and channel scan controls. The last button on the top is the input selection control.

However, in addition, the input control does double duty as be onscreen menu access button (note Hold for Menu label), while the rest of the controls also do double duty (when the menu is accessed) as navigation controls for the onscreen menu functions (note the up/down and left/right cursor indicators).

All of these controls are accessible via the provided remote control. If you do accidentally misplace or lose the remote control, the onboard controls will allow you to access most of the menu functions of the TC-L42E60.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Connections

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Connections
Photo of the connections on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Here is a look at the connections on the TC-L42E60 (click on the photo for a larger view for a closer look).

All of the connections are located on left side of the rear of the TV (when facing the screen). The connections are actually arranged horizontally and vertically as shown in the photo.

Starting from the left of this photo and working our way to the right and then up the right side, first is the is a wired LAN (Ethernet). It is important to note that the TC-L42E60 also has built-in Wifi, but if you don't have access to a Wireless router, or your wireless connection is unstable, you can connect an Ethernet cable to the LAN port for connection to a home Smart Viera and the internet.

Just below the Ethernet connections is a Digital Optical Audio output that can be used as one option to connect the TV to a home theater audio system. Many HDTV programs contain Dolby Digital soundtracks than can take advantage of this connection.

It is also important to note that the TC-L42E60 does not have a set of analog stereo outputs - so the digital optical output, and the HDMI 2 input (using the Audio Return Channel feature) are the only ways to get audio originating from the TV to an external audio system.

Moving right is that Ant/Cable RF input connection for receiving over-the-air HDTV or unscrambled digital cable signals.

Moving back to the left, and towards of the photo, is a set of combined Component (Green, Blue, Red) and Composite Video inputs, along with associated analog stereo audio inputs. It is important to note that also inputs are provided for connecting both a composite and component video source, you cannot connect both at the same time. The composite video input uses the green (Y) connector that is also provided for the component inputs.

Moving up vertically towards the right are three HDMI inputs. These inputs allow the connection of an HDMI or DVI source (such as an HD-Cable or HD-Satellite Box, Upscaling DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Player). Sources with DVI outputs can also be connected to HDMI input 1 via DVI-HDMI adapter cable. As mentioned previously, the HDMI 2 input is Audio Return Channel (ARC) enabled.

Finally, moving down, and to the right of the RF input, are two USB inputs. These are used for accessing audio, video, and still image files on USB flash drives.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Remote Control

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Remote Control
Photo of the remote control provided with the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

The Remote Control for the TC-L42E60 is large (just short of 9-inches), but it was a good fit for my hand. Also, its large buttons make the remote easy to use. However, the remote control is not backlit, which makes it a little more difficult to use in a dark room.

On the very top of the remote are the Standby Power On/Off Button, Sleep Timer, Closed Caption, and SAP buttons.

Moving down, the next row of buttons include Menu (access the TV's menu settings), Surround (audio settings), Favorite (accesses the favorite channel feature), and Aspect Ratio (allows direct access to aspect ratio settings).

Next is a section that features buttons arranged on within a half-circle. These buttons are for accessing and navigating the on-screen menu functions as well as the Internet and Smart Viera features. The Info button displays the channel, incoming resolution, and other status information), Apps takes directly to the TV's internet Apps menu, Home takes you to the TV's home screen, and Input provides direct access to the available connection input selection.

Next is a row of consisting of red, green, blue, and yellow buttons. These are special buttons whose functions that are assigned for specific content, such as special menu functions on Blu-ray Discs.

The next row of buttons include Volume, Mute, and Channel Scan

The next group of buttons allows you to punch in channel numbers directly, or select letters and numbers on the pop-up virtual keyboard for entering password and web browsing information. It is also important to note that you can actually connect a Microsoft-type USB keyboard directly into one of the TV's USB ports for both password and web browsing functions.

Continuing to move down, are a series of transport buttons that can be used when controlling a compatible disc player (DVD, Blu-ray, CD) or the transport functions of internet streamed and Smart Viera-based content.

Finally, on the very bottom of the remote are Media player access buttons (this is used when you can a USB flash drive connected and what to access the media files), eHelp (takes you directly to a menu that includes access to a complete virtual version of the user manual for the TV - a brief printed quick start user guide also comes with the TV), and Netflix, which provides direct access to Netflix without having to go through the Apps menu.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Front View - Home Screen

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Front View - Home Screen
Photo of the front view of the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV Home Screen. Robert Silva

Shown on this page is a look at the My Home Screen Introduction Page. As an owner of the Panasonic TC-L42E60 you are provided with a way to customize your own Home Screen.

You have three preset choices (shown in the bottom portion of the image shown in the above photo), The presets include a full-screen image with a menu toolbar running across the top of the screen, a Lifestyle splash screen that features information along with your TV image, such as weather, time, and events calendar, and an Info screen that features your own bookmarked features and apps. However, you can also create your customized Home Screen using the Add Home Screen feature, which provides additional templates. Each person in your household can have their own Home Screen.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Apps Menu

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Apps Menu
Photo of the Apps Menu on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Shown on this page is a look at the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Apps Menu. This menu provides a central location for accessing and organizing all your internet apps, as well as complete access to all of the other features of your TV.

Running along the top is the Viera Connect Market icon. Clicking on this takes you a listing of many more audio/video internet streaming services and applications that can be added to your menu options for free or for a small fee. As you add services and applications, the will be displayed in new rectangles in the previously shown Viera Connect menu.

Just to the right of the Viera Connect Market icon is Ad space that Panasonic uses to display product advertising, follow by another Ad type space that Panasonic uses to promote the TV's features.

On the right corner of the top row is a Settings Icon that takes you to settings menu that enables you to organize the appearance of the Apps page.

Moving down is a row that displays icons that take you directly to specific functions of the TV, including Media Player (playback from USB devices), DLNA Server (content access from network-connected devices, such as a PC), Viera Link (HDMI control of compatible connected devices), TV (normal TV viewing), Menu (access to all TV picture and sound settings), Photo Frame (photo display functions), Web Browser (access to a full PC-type web browser - usable with the remote control or via an optional plug-in compatible USB keyboard).

The remainder of the page is a listing of all of the Apps you have currently available. As previously stated you can add more services through the Viera Connect Market feature. You can also organize your icons so that your favorites are displayed on this page and others are displayed on a second page, accessible by clicking on the right arrow button.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Front View - Web Search

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Front View - Web Search
Photo of the front view of the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV Web Search. Robert Silva

Here is a look at how websites are displayed on the Web Search page. Of course, I couldn't resist plugging my own Lifewire.com Home Theater site.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Picture Settings Menus

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Picture Settings Menus
Photo of all of the Picture Settings Menus on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Here is a look at the two main pages of the TC-L42E60's Picture Settings Menu (click on the photo for a larger, more legible, view). Starting on the top left are the basic settings:

Picture Mode - Vivid (provides a brighter, more color saturated picture, better suited to brightly lit rooms), Standard (provides a preset color, contrast, and brightness setting more suitable to normal viewing conditions), Home Theater (provides a picture with decreased contrast, for use in dimly-lit or dark rooms), Cinema (a little brighter than the home theater setting), Custom (allows the user to set their own preferred video settings - backlight, contrast, brightness, color, tint, sharpness).

Backlight - Allows for adjustment of backlight intensity.

Contrast - Adjusts the white level.

Brightness - Adjusts the black level.

Color - Controls saturation of all colors together.

Tint - Adjusts the degree of red and green in the image - used for fine tuning flesh tones.

Sharpness - Adjusts the degree of smoothness or coarseness of object edges in the image.

Color Temperature - Provides settings further settings for both optimized color accuracy (ranges from cool (bluish) to Warm (reddish).

Vivid Color - Emphasizes greens and blues - effective for use with outdoor scenes.

A.I. Picture - Allows adjustment of dark areas with without affecting overall picture brightness.

Moving to the right photo are the following options:

C.A.T.S. (Contrast Auto Tracking System) - Allows automatic adjustment of screen brightness in accordance to ambient light conditions.

Video NR (Noise Reduction) - Provides a way to reduce the effects of video noise that may be present in a video source, such as television broadcast, DVD, or Blu-ray disc. However, when using this control to reduce noise, you may find other artifacts, such as harshness and a "pasty" appearance on flesh may increase.

MPEG NR - Provides access to settings that can reduce video noise from digital signal sources, such as Blu-ray, DVD, cable, or satellite.

Motion Picture Setting - Reduces motion blur (cannot be used with Game or Skype modes).

Pro Settings - Provides access to settings normally reserved for installers, such as Panel Brightness, Automatic Gamma Control, Black Extension, Cool White Effect, White Balance (W/B), Input Signal Level, Independent gain controls for Red, Green, and Blue. It is not advisable to change these settings under normal conditions, but if you are tempted and things don't look quite right, there is Reset option that returns all the pro settings back to their factory defaults.

Advanced Picture - Provides still more settings that can affect picture quality, including Game Mode (improves response between game controller and displayed image), 3:2 pulldown (performs 24 to 30fps conversion), 1080p pixel effect (supports 4:4:4 video format sources), HDMI Content Type (optimizes quality from still photos and graphics when coming in through HDMI), HDMI/DVI range (sets RGB color range), Black Level (deepens black areas of the image), 3D Y/C filter (minimizes rough edges for composite video sources). Just as with the pro settings, under normal conditions, you should not need to use these settings - except for Game Mode, and 3:2 pulldown.

Screen Settings - Provides adjustment option for positioning the image properly on a screen.

Copy Adjustments - Since you can customize any picture settings to each input, the copy feature allows you copy the settings you have made for one input to another, if you so desire.

Reset to Defaults - Resets all settings you have made back the factory defaults, except for those made in the Advanced Settings category.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Sound Settings

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Sound Settings
Photo of the Sound Settings Menu on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Here is a look at the sound settings available on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 which include standard Bass, Treble, Equalizer, and Balance controls as well as the following:

Surround - Widens the soundstage by extending the left and right sound image beyond the sides of the TV when listening to stereo program sources.

A.I. Sound - When activated, maintains a consistent volume level across programs, channels, and external input sources.

Volume Leveler - Similar to A.I. sound, but maintains volume levels when switching between an external input and the onboard tuner.

Distance to Wall - Compensates for audio quality when TV is mounted on the wall, rather than on a stand.

Voice Guidance Settings - Turns voice guidance on and off, and also selects voice guidance language (English, French, Spanish).

Reset Returns all audio settings to factory defaults.

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Help Menu

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - Help Menu
Photo of the Help Menu on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

Here is a look at the TC-L42E60's Help Menu page.

This provides direct access to not only the user guide (eHELP), but also to TV Self-Test function (shows whether you can display a 1080p image and if speakers on the TV are working properly), Version (most recent firmware installed on the TV), and Device information (identifies your specific TV to Panasonic).

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Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - eHelp Menu

Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV - Photo - eHelp Menu
Photo of the eHelp Menu on the Panasonic TC-L42E60 Smart Viera LED/LCD TV. Robert Silva

The last menu page I wanted to show you before concluding this photo look at the Panasonic TC-L42E60 is the eHELP page, which is a virtual User Manual provided with the TV - with additional support FAQs.

Final Take

Now that you have gotten a photo look at physical features, and some of the operational onscreen menus, of the Panasonic TC-L42E60, find out more about its features and performance in my Review and Video Performance Test Results.

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