• Classy design and build
  • Impressive picture and sound performance
  • Smart TV features
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Freeview USB recording


  • Lack of 3D support might be a concern to futureproofers
  • No unrestricted web browsing
  • Limited picture adjustments

Panasonic might reign unchallenged as king of plasma, but the LED-powered TX-L42E30B proves that its commitment to LCD is no less fierce.

The 42-inch set sits near the top of Panasonic's 2011 range and is only out-specified by the smaller, 3D-toting TX-L37DT30B and TX-L32DT30B. The E30 range also features a pair of smaller screens, the TX-L37E30B and the TX-L32E30B.

It's a bit of a looker, too. While some recent Panasonic TVs appeared to have been designed by a collection of three-year olds armed with a bunch of black crayons, this one hits all the right notes.

Panasonic tx-l42e30b

Combining a sleek cabinet factor with a thin bezel around the screen and a neat, dark grey finish. It's not as eye-catching as Samsung's new D8000 series LEDs, but many will find its mature aesthetics a better match for their living room.