kapiljain wrote:Actually the difference between plasma and lcd PQ is not much now (specially for a cheap plasma). And you haven't mentioned any of the drawbacks of plasma over lcd (there are quite a few). Plus there is a big difference between 720p and 1080p even at this size (unless you are viewing it from more than 10ft away). And also forget about using 720p tv as a computer monitor.
Not that I'm recommending buying this TV. But I'd stay away from Plasma (which is dying anyway in its current form) in this price range.
Curious what the "many" drawbacks a plasma has compared to an LCD. Personally, I think Plasmas are better TVs if you need something larger. Better viewing angles (no purple blacks from the side/above or below), zero problems with fast action (unless they recorded your program with a cheap LCD camera, which isn't your TVs fault at all), and a lot of the time they're cheaper than LCD options in a larger size. Did I mention the colors are much more accurate?
The main "complaint" people have about Plasmas is glare, and it's nowhere near the issue people think it's going to be. In fact, if you're worried about glare you can't buy a Samsung LCD or LED LCD, because they will give you the same amount of glare and reflection as a plasma TV thanks to their glossy screens. There are a few situations where plasma isn't a perfect option, but I've found a lot of the time people would be better served if they have bought Plasma over LCD.
I do agree about the 1080P difference in a 42" TV, though. You need to make sure you know that you won't get 1080P picture unless you have a 1080P "source", which usually means having a Blu-ray Player, a Playstation 3, an XBox 360, or a new HD camcorder. There is a little available through DirecTV and DishNetwork (and Verizon FioS if that's available in your area), but it's mostly movie channels like HBO or an OnDemand movie. Many people in a smaller size can't see a huge difference, but that doesn't stop it from looking great.
I'm not sure why you think you can't use a 720P TV as a computer monitor though. I'm not a huge fan of using TVs as a computer monitor in the first place, but it is do-able. To get the picture to fit the screen right, you will most likely need to upgraded video card...most computers don't have the correct graphical settings on their built-in video card to match the TV's resolution. If you're using an LCD TV, you will want to use a VGA cable (as opposed to a S-VGA cable) to get the best picture quality. If you have a plasma TV (which usually don't include VGA hookups because of the old burn-in issues) you'll need to use either HDMI (if your computer has it) or DVI-to-HDMI (if your computer has a DVI connection). 1080P actually tends to be harder to use on a TV because the text gets too small for most people to read, even on a large screen.
Wow...that post got much longer than I expected it to. lol. Happy 4th Everybody!