Flat Panel: LCD

Flat Panel: LCD
LCDs are larger versions of your laptop computer screen. Just like plasma TVs, LCDs require an external tuner to receive input. LCDs win for slim, coming in at almost an inch thinner than plasma, but are limited to about 40 inches in screen size.

Photo courtesy Panasonic and Matsushita Electric Corporation of America
A 13-inch LCD TV


  • They have a slim profile (2 inches thick!).
  • Their retail price is falling (still pricey, though).
  • You can expect about five years of pretty serious use without any apparent loss in picture quality.


  • They have limited screen size.
  • They have poor black level.