LG 47LM760T 47in LED TV review
Its panel needs tweaking to get the best from it, but its internet services are great, it has brilliant 3d performance and its design is top-notch
Review Date: 29 May 2012
Price when reviewed: £1,599
Reviewed By: Barry de la Rosa
For this review we tested the 47in model in the 760T range, but it's also available in 42in (42LM760T) and 55in (55LM760T) screen sizes. All models have identical specifications except for their dimensions and power usage. We're confident that image quality will be practically identical across the range.
LG has packed lots of features in to the razor-thin frame of the 47LM760T, features such as internet services, networked media playback, USB recording and a host of image-enhancing technologies. There are also 42in and 55in models, which sell for about £1,299 and £2,099 respectively.
Even with such svelte dimensions, there’s ample connectivity around the back, and Wi-Fi’s included as standard, so you won’t need an extra dongle to get online. LG’s Smart TV system should give you plenty of reasons to get connected, because it’s jam packed with services such as BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook and Picasa, all of which are preinstalled. You can also download additional apps (including Netflix’ on-demand movies) from the Premium section. There’s a lot of content aimed at children and families too.
USB playback is par for the course, but USB recording is a welcome feature. You’ll need a hard disk larger than 40GB to get it working, but once set up you can record any Freeview program as you watch it, including HD. The only negative is the EPG, which doesn’t have a preview window or audio. This means you can’t watch or listen to a programme while browsing to see what else is on.
We like its comprehensive remote control, which is clear and easy to understand. Its number keys are luminescent, but we’d have preferred fully backlit keys considering the 47LM760T’s price. It also has a second remote called the Magic Wand, which works like the Nintendo Wii’s Wiimote. It’s most useful for navigating the TV’s web browser, but its lack of pointless buttons also makes it ideal for children.
The LM760T excels at passive 3D, and it uses glasses that require no maintenance and cost much less than their active-shutter counterparts. 3D video looked pin-sharp and incredibly bright. We saw no crosstalk at all, and its punchy colours did a good job of balancing out the glasses’ dark tint.
This impressive form continues in 2D mode, which has vivid colours and sharp edges. There are several colour presets to choose from, as well as a long list of image enhancement options that include edge sharpening, dynamic contrast and motion smoothing. A simple setup wizard lets you choose between different settings using thumbnail previews, which is a great alternative for anyone that isn’t too technical. Because of its local dimming LED backlight, darker scenes had plenty of depth without sacrificing bright whites.
When you’re spending £1600 on a TV, you’ll want the best of everything and the LM760T certainly delivers. You’ll need to do some tweaking to get the most from the panel, but its internet services are up there with the best and the design is top notch. Many people prefer passive 3D to active shutter, so if you’re looking to upgrade your home theatre to 3D, this is a good option. If you’re looking to spend a little less, check out the cheaper LG 42LM670T.
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