The 42" TV category hits the sweet spot for most people in the market for a reasonably large primary display without breaking the bank. If you have Rs 52,000 to spare, you have a reasonably large choice between popular brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic—all accomplished marques well known for manufacturing quality panels. Take Rs 4,000 off that budget and the market opens with even more choices from not-so-well-known brands such as VU, Micromax, Lloyd, and AOC for the asking price of Rs 48,000. The five crore question is, how much of an impact does this small saving have on the overall quality and experience? Not long ago, we learned that the performance hit is just too profound in case of Micromax 42" LED. This time around I managed to get my paws on the AOC LE42A3320/61 LED-backlit LCD TV (or AOC LE42 for the sake of brevity) to see if it can successfully juggle performance with value.The TV looks quite handsome for a product that's essentially being sold at the lowest entry point. The 11.5mm bezel looks handsome thanks to its piano black finish. The combination endows the TV with a lithe and stylish look. The bottom end of the bezel is extended with a section bearing brushed plastic finish and housing the remote IR sensor and the company logo. The AOC logo is surrounded by a wraparound LED status light that shifts between blue and green illumination to signify sleep and power states, respectively. The rear of the TV sports the standard matte plastic finish that looks alright, but feels quite flimsy when rapped gently. The panel is neither too glossy nor too matte, which means that it doesn't cause much glare or reflection, while at the same time letting the colours pop unhindered. The overall build quality seems good enough to show no signs of aggressive backlight bleed, which is generally par for the course for 42" TVs in this price range.
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