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LG 47LW550T review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1148
inc VAT

Excellent for watching 3D video in a well-lit room, but can’t match the great 2D performance of the competition


47in, Freeview HD, analogue, 1,920×1,080 resolution, 3D: yes, 4x HDMI

For this review we tested the 47in model in the LW550T range, but it’s also available in 42in (42LW550T) and 55in (55LW550T) 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.

Although it isn’t technically LG’s range-topping model (that plaudit goes to the LW650T), the LW550T has an extensive list of features that should tick all the boxes for anyone looking to upgrade their old TV.

With a 47in full HD display panel, this is certainly a TV for the living room rather than an office or bedroom. A thin plastic display bezel looks good, but isn’t as sturdy as the ones we’ve seen from Panasonic and Sony. Against the right background, the silver stand gives the impression that the screen itself is floating, but it’s still no comparison to how it would look once wall-mounted.

LG 47LW550T face on

Around the back, there are plenty of connections: four HDMI inputs, component, composite, Scart and VGA inputs, as well as optical S/PDIF and analogue audio outputs are split between the rear and side of the set. There are two USB ports, which can be used to play multimedia files, but not for recording television broadcasts. We were impressed with the speakers: they managed to produce a well-rounded sound, and were louder than most.

LG 47LW550T Ports2

Also included is an Ethernet port; like a lot of higher-end TVs this year, LG has included internet services (known as Smart TV) in the LW550T. There aren’t many exciting services, though. Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube are par for the course, but catch-up TV courtesy of BBC iPlayer is undoubtedly the highlight. You can watch HD programmes in iPlayer on the LW550T, subject to the speed of your internet connection. It’s a shame that the Smart TV interface felt so sluggish when moving between menus, as it looks very good and has a sensible layout, unlike the remote control.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 47in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
1080p support Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
HD ready yes
3D capable yes
Contrast ratio 5,000,000:1 dynamic
Brightness 400cd/m²
Speakers 2x 10W


D-sub inputs 1
HDMI inputs 4
Component inputs 1
Composite inputs 1
Audio outputs optical S/PDIF out, 1x stereo mini-jack
Other CI slot, 2x USB


Tuner type Freeview HD, analogue
EPG 7 day


Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 60W

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,148

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