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Published: 2013-02-22 - 12:33:04
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LED TV Deals: Panasonic 55-inch TC-L55E50 120 Hz 1080p Smart HDTV: $898.98 Shipped

By Rachel Cericola

About a month ago, Panasonic announced all of its HDTV plans for 2013. At that time, the company said we should expect to see 16 new plasmas and 16 new LED TVs at some point this year.

That said, you probably only need one HDTV -- and you don't have to wait for a new product release to get it.

We found Amazon selling the Panasonic 55-inch TC-L55E50 1080p Smart LED HDTV for just $898.98. This is a 2012 model, but it does have many of the features that you'd want in a new HDTV. It also has a low price, which is definitely a nice perk. When this set was first announced, it had a $1699.99 MSRP. It looks like waiting will pay off, to the tune of $800. Also know that Amazon is offering to ship this purchase for free. Find out more about this set and this discount on Amazon's product page:

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As mentioned, this is part of 2012's E50 Series. It doesn't have 3D effects, but it has plenty of other perks. For instance, it has Panasonic's LED IPS (In Plane Switching) panels, which promise better black black levels, off-axis viewing, and reduced on-mode power consumption by about 25 percent over the 2011 models.

The 55-incher also has a full 1080p HD images, 360 backlight scanning, DLNA support, four HDMI inputs and two USB ports. If you're looking to network this model (and you'll want to do that), you can add WiFi into the setup via an optional adapter. Having the set connected to your home network will allow users to tap into all of the web-based goodies from Panasonic's VIERA Connect platform, which includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, YouTube, and much more.

Of course, if you're looking for that 3D fix, Amazon is also discounting Panasonic's 55-inch TC-L55ET5 55-Inch 1080p 3D LED for $1098. This model is very similar to the above 55-incher, but includes passive 3D technology, as well as four pairs of 3D glasses for viewing right out of the box. Find out more about this model on Amazon:

Just remember that when purchasing one of the above HDTVs, you'll need to place your order with Amazon and not one of the retailer's third-party merchants. Amazon is offering the discounted price, as well as free Super Saver shipping and Enhanced Delivery service. Both of the above models are also eligble for the website's TV Low Price Guarantee, which means if you can find this exact set (same make, same model) within 14 days of the ship date, Amazon will refund you on the difference in price.

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