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Steal the Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD for $800

1080P for the price of 720P

While deflation may be extremely bad for the overall economy, it does mean that the prices of large electronic devices like LCD televisions are falling. With a little bit of shopping, the Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD can be found for under $800.

Our review unit came in too late to make it into TechRepublic's 2008 Geek Gift Guide, but rest-assured it is one great gift for just about any visually-stimulated geek.

Photo courtesy of Westinghouse

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11 comments
lyallabbott
lyallabbott

This looks like a really great deal, I really like all the ports, the connectivity. Looks like it could be used as a computer monitor as well. I sure would hope so.

rykerabel
rykerabel

Panasonic 42PZ80U, 42 inch 1080p plasma. Better in every way. NO burn in problems even with video games. only $799 at Newegg with FREE shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889187081&Tpk=42pz80u If you shop around you might find it even cheaper.

techrepublic
techrepublic

Wow, that is a great price on a plasma TV. Just make sure you turn it off completely, as the plasma set consumes twice the power of the LCD set (backlight apparently consumes most of the power) even in the worst case, according to a posting on the AVS forum.

harobroys
harobroys

i think you are repeating something that is not accurate. the manual states that on standby(off) the set draws 0.3W and 365W when on. even if it uses more than the stated power use the picture is just great.

ComputerFieldsInc
ComputerFieldsInc

Where did you find it for that price?

techrepublic
techrepublic

Shop at your own risk... eCost rates 2.19/10 (i.e. almost a scam) http://www.resellerratings.com/store/eCost versus a "real" vendor like Newegg with 9.9/10 http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Newegg

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

I did see this TV on eCost, but it was also available from Circuit City at one point at the same price. A note about eCost - they are a discount seller. Their warranty definitely suggests that the buyer is assuming more risk for less than perfect equipment. I have purchased several flash drives and SD Memory cards from eCost at low prices on the assumption that they are commodities that should work and the financial risk minimal. But a television is not necessarily a risk I would recommend for everyone.

david_b_mac
david_b_mac

still wanting for a $150 rebate from june 2006. they keep telling the attorney general's office for Pennsylvania they sent it a long time ago (but provides no proof).

harobroys
harobroys

I purchased the Panasonic Plasma 42" TH-42PX80U for $700 at Best Buy 2 months ago. Nice TV but not for bright lighting. Our living room has 8 windows; so we put it in the bedroom. just right

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

Looks mighty bad for ecost.com. Usually don't shop online, I prefer small shops locally. They seldom have really low prices but the people and service are what I find to be the most important factor.