Despite having a great many features, there are some really good buys on the 42″ TVs under $400. Here’s a look at offerings from some of the four biggest brands: LG, Vizio, Samsung, and Toshiba
Best 42-Inch Plasma TV to Buy
With LG’s PN4500 42 inch tv, you’ll be able to get plasma technology. Plasma technology is only available on screens larger than 30″, and the technology uses small chambers of electrically charged gases, very much like a fluorescent light bulbs. Plasma displays are generally regarded as much brighter with a wider color range than other flat screen TVs.
The 38.7″ X 25.6″ television (with stand) weighs 43 pounds. The set has a 600khz refresh rate, meaning you won’t see any jerky transitions during movies or shows. LG televisions feature easy self-calibration on screen; you can obtain the precise sharpness, colors, hues, and intensities to suit your personal choice.
Three inputs handle most types of video signals, and audio is handled by LG’s exclusive Clear Voice with noise reduction and a built-in subwoofer in the speaker system.
Best LED HDTV under $400
Vizio’s E420-AO offers 1080p and an LED screen. 1080p is also referred to as “Full HD” and it means the set has 1080 horizontal resolution and vertical scan, which provides “more picture” in the same space as other brands.
Exterior dimensions are 38.7″ X 24.4″ and the set weighs just under 31 pounds. You can fit a larger TV into a smaller space with the Vizio “slim frame design”, as it features a narrower case and border edging around the actual viewing screen. Three port inputs allow you to connect all of your HD video sources. The set includes an easy to assemble base/stand, a remote, and remote batteries.
Intelligent Smart Dimming gives you the brightest picture possible dependent upon the lighting and room conditions. SRS StudioSound delivers a totally immersive surround sound experience, with a deep base for effects, but clear high ranges for dialogue. Two speakers are powered by 10 watts.
Best Smart LED TV to Buy
When you consider the Samsung UN40H5203, you’re moving into the realm of “Smart TVs.” The Samsung Smart technology opens a new universe of viewing to you, adding available internet streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and more to your set, when connected to your home internet. Smart technology also allows you to ‘create your own broadcast’, by beaming video from your smart phone or tablet right to your set.
The 1080p 60Hz set weighs 24 pounds and has external dimensions of 36.5″ X 23.9.” Six external ports are available for you to plug in your video devices that do not have wireless capability.
The “Smart Hub” gives you total control over what you’re watching, by making two different screens available. One is a full browser, for surfing the web on your tv; select the other interface, and you can search all available movies and shows that fit your criteria, whether by title, genre, or actor.
“ConnectShare” Movie is a world of entertainment on a USB device. Plug it in and have more choices of entertainment than you ever imagined were available. Sound on the Samsung is handled by DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Stand and remote are included in the package.
Best LED TV for the Money
From the brilliant engineering and R&D at Toshiba comes the 40L1400U LED TV, a 1080p, 60Hz LED set. This 20 pound set in black has two HDMI inputs.
The backlit LED display gives you a very bright picture with no dimming around the perimeter. Dynamic Picture Mode and Colormaster keeps your broadcasts at maximum brightest and color intensity; a special “game mode” reduces controller delay for faster gaming action.
DTS TruSurround gives you the ultimate audio experience to match the quality video. The set is Energy Star certified which means you’ll use less power; a base stand and remote are included. The slim design of the Toshiba makes it the perfect add-on set for small spaces.
If you are inclined to hang your TVs, the Toshiba is pre-configured for the VERSA Mounting Pattern.