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LG 50PZ850T review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £914
inc VAT

A well-equipped TV, but the addition of PenTouch means it's not particularly good value


50in, Freeview HD, analogue, 1,920×1,080 resolution, 3D: yes, 3x HDMI

LG’s latest plasma TV is a little different from its competitors – as well as a standard remote control, it has a stylus that lets you write directly on the 50in screen. If you don’t want to hand over your expensive new tablet to your kids, this may be the next best thing.

LG 50PZ850T

Before you can start doodling, you have to install drivers onto a PC or laptop (you’re out of luck if you own a Mac – OS X isn’t supported) then connect it to the TV. It should be a straightforward process, but it took several tries to get everything paired and synced correctly.

The software suite includes a diary, photo gallery, web browser, office file viewer and sketchbook. Unless you plan on using the TV as an alternative to an office projector, the most useful application will probably be the sketchbook – children will love being able to draw on the TV, although if they already know how to use an iPad they might not be impressed with having to use a pen. The system is fairly responsive, but its limited uses are unlikely to appeal to everyone.

LG 50PZ850T pen

The TV stand has four sturdy legs and is unlikely to topple over, even with the weight of a toddler against it. The thin screen’s silver bezel looks great, and all the TV’s connections are on the rear. Three HDMI ports, component, VGA, composite and SCART video inputs, digital optical and 3.5mm audio inputs, a common interface slot and a single USB port should be more than enough for most home setups.

LG 50PZ850T ports

The touch-sensitive functions don’t come at the expense of other features – the 50PZ850T includes DLNA media streaming, USB hard disk recording and internet TV functions, so you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained. LG’s interface is a little slow to respond at times, but it is at least easy to navigate – we had no trouble playing files from a USB flash drive. File format support is excellent, and all our test files played correctly. USB recording is basic; you have to format your memory stick first and you can only record one channel at once.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 50in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
1080p support No
Aspect ratio 16:9
HD ready yes
3D capable yes
Contrast ratio 3,000,000:1
Speakers 2x 10W


D-sub inputs 1
HDMI inputs 3
Component inputs 1
Composite inputs 1
Audio outputs optical S/PDIF out, 1x stereo mini-jack
Other headphone output, 3.5mm minijack audio input, CI slot, USB in


Tuner type Freeview HD, analogue
EPG 7 day


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 179W

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £914

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