AOC LE42K0D7D review

Affordable edge LED set with 100Hz, but average pictures and no Freeview HD tuner

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  • Vibrant picture
  • Slender design
  • Straightforward operating system


  • Unbalanced colour palette
  • Motion blur
  • 100Hz side effects
  • Backlight inconsistency
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Disjointed audio

The last, tough couple of years have taken their toll on the TV scene, with a handful of smaller manufacturers disappearing from the UK. Now a potential ray of hope arrives from San Francisco-based (Taiwanese-originated) AOC in the intriguing, 42-inch shape of the LE42L0D7D.

The last release of any note from AOC was the TV20542E way back in 2005, so it will be interesting to see how the firm has spent the intervening years and how its TV know-how measures up on a much larger screen.

Perhaps surprisingly for a brand known more for aggressive pricing than innovation, AOC has chosen an edge LED backlight for the LE42L0D7D. This popular method of arraying lights around the frame of the screen enables radically slender cabinets and, at 46.1mm deep, this set is much narrower than any conventionally (cold-cathode fluorescent, or CCFL) backlit display.

Also worth noting are multimedia playback via USB, a Real Colour engine, a three-year warranty and 100Hz processing.

AOC now has a whole range of edge LED TVs, though from the LE42K0D7D you have to drop down quite a way to the 32-inch LE32K0D7D, with three small K0D7D models below that at 24, 22 and 19-inch sizes.

Alongside the LED sets are a range of affordable CCFL LCD models, again covering 42 to 19-inch sizes and based around three series: the A91, B81 and W98s.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyADDARA
Brand NameAOC
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption115 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand693 mm
Width with Stand1005.40 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height651.3 mm
Width1005.4 mm
Depth46.1 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Auto Program
Product ModelLE42K0D7D
Product LineADDARA
Manufacturer Part NumberLE42K0D7D
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Perfect contrast and vivid colours - the Addara LED TV series
Crisp images with extremely high contrast values and vivid colours: the energy-saving innovative LED dynamic backlight technology ensures a remarkably balanced image display with darkest blacks and brighter whites.

These 16:9 models impress with a brilliant image quality in movie theatre format. Thanks to innovative connection possibilities and compatibility these AOC TVs are expertly equipped to become future-proof multimedia centres. Blue-ray players, audio systems and game consoles are all easily connected.

Their ultra-thin design and slim frames fit perfectly into nearly any home setting.

Package Contents
  • Table Stand
Response Time6.50 ms
Limited Warranty3 Year