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Toshiba Regza 42C3030D 42in LCD TV

If you read my report on Toshiba’s 2007 product line up a couple of weeks back you’ll be well aware that the company is throwing all its weight behind LCD high definition TVs this year. Whereas last year Toshiba launched two new lines – the WLT66 and WLT68 – this year it has four new lines to shout about. There’s the top of the line Z series which it due in September, the cutting edge Picture Frame X series and standard X series due in the summer, and the entry level C series, which is available right now.
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The 42in 42C3030D sits at the very top of the C series range, with 37, 32 and 26in variants below it, but despite sitting at the top of the C series tree, this is still a very affordable TV. You certainly wouldn’t guess that the C series represents Toshiba’s entry level by looking at this TV – the 42C3030D looks just as sleek and stylish as many TVs costing twice the price. The matt black bezel is the giveaway though, with the step-up X series and flagship Z series both sporting piano black, glossy bezels. The overall effect is still pleasing though, with the slim speakers mounted unobtrusively below the screen.

Another improvement is the stand. The old WLT66 range incorporated a fixed stand, while the C series uses the same crescent shaped stand that was first seen on the 32WLT68 last year. Not only does this stand complement the aesthetics of the TV, but it also allows the screen to be easily panned from side to side. Also, unlike many other large, flat screen TVs, the stand comes attached to the screen, thus saving the end user the job of assembling a separate stand and then trying to attach the TV to it.
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If you were hoping that the 42in C series would boast a 1,920 x 1,080 panel like the {linkout42WLT66 before it, I’m afraid you’re in for a disappointment. Despite the fact that both the X and Z series have Full HD panels, the humble C series has to make do with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768. To be fair though, Toshiba isn’t pitching the C series at the high end consumer who craves a Full HD 1080p panel, instead aiming this TV at the consumer who is ready to take the first step on the big screen, high definition road. That said, the 42C3030D will still happily accept a 1080p signal and display it, but of course it doesn’t have enough pixels to display the image 1:1.

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