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Which is less fragile - Plasma or LCD

by akny / January 31, 2007 3:50 AM PST

I want to buy a 42 inch Plasma or LCD. I have researched both extensively and now my criteria has narrowed down to which is less fragile. I have two little kids and can't mount the TV on the wall as my rental agreement does not allow it. I know that Plasma is very fragile - the instructions for Panasonic models state that that the plasma can crack if you lay it flat instead of upright when installing it. Wanted to know it anyone had insights whether LCD was studier in terms of accidental damage (by toddlers). I am not keen to buy a DLP because it takes too much space.

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by Coryphaeus / January 31, 2007 4:09 AM PST

A plasma screen has a tempered glass front. Tempered, hardened glass. An LCD has a plastic, as in soft, front, exactly the same as a laptop screen. Which do you think will stand up to finger prints?

And no, a plasma will not crack unless you drop it. They are both designed very rugged. For your needs, plasma is the choice.

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I was told by saleman
by jopapa / January 31, 2007 6:29 AM PST

at Best Buy that Plasma is better for houses with real little kids because pressing on the screen of an LCD can damage the lights behind the screen. Not sure if that was accurate. Since it didn't apply to me, I didn't give it much thought. I ended up getting a Sony Bravia for unrelated reasons (i.e., my wife thought the OUTSIDE of the TV looked better than the OUTSIDE of the Panasonic 42" plasma).

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by brandoj82 / January 31, 2007 3:45 PM PST

Its good to consider which is less fragile, but since you are not mounting the television, the lighting in the room should be considered. Plasmas have a glass surface so they are going to reflect any light around. The plasma would withstand more abuse, but they also have an image retention problem. I know people are going to reply to this and talk about using the white wash feature(if you don't know, this feature displays a solid white screen and basically resets the pixels so the image retention is gone) but this feature also reduces the life of the screen and some plasmas don't have it. If your plasma does not have this feature, you can either buy one of the optimizing DVDs with it on there or play a movie like Ice Age with tons of snow scenes. Best advice, go to Best Buy and find one of the sales people that seem knowledgable and tell him your situation and they will find the best tv to fit your needs.

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