LG’s latest 3D TV reviewed: one of the best yet

Performance

Oddly, there isn’t that much to say on the performance front. Basically because everything worked just as it should. The Magic Motion remote control was usable in normal TV watching, but truly useful when it came to selecting things from the screen – such as music or photos from the Digital Living Network Alliance content the unit could access from computers on the same network. Point and click. Easy.

Talking into the remote worked quite well, too, although it seems at this point to be a feature in search of a more useful function. The web browser was pretty snappy in operation, but if you have a computer handy you’re going to find that easier to use.

But speaking of remote controls, there are also iOS and Android apps for controlling the TV over the network. Nothing too unusual there. Except that the TV can reflect regular TV stations (not external inputs) back to the portable device, giving you a useful second screen anywhere that your home network reaches.

The 2D picture quality was really quite nice. The black levels were strong and in scenes where parts of the screen were dark and parts were bright, the localised LED backlighting did a fine job of showing both to best effect. Importantly, the default picture settings – the ‘Standard’ picture mode – were very close to optimum calibrated settings, so you get an excellent picture right out of the box.

Truly, this TV is a pleasure to watch as well as use. And that’s particularly so when it comes to 3D.

Don’t get me wrong, the passive 3D system used by this TV has its drawbacks. Because it basically offers only half the display resolution for each eye you must sit further away from it during 3D display than with an active 3D TV. But you are rewarded for that by getting an impressive 3D effect with no visible ghosting at all, a rare feat for TVs.

Conclusion

LG’s 55LM9600 TV is the best yet from that company, and in many ways challenges the best available from any other brand.

 

 

Overall
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Value for money
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Reader Rating0 Votes
Excellent performance with 3D; Extremely good 2D picture performance; Lots of network features; Clever Dual Play for dual-play split-screen gaming; Good IPTV selection; Attractive design;
Reduced vertical resolution when watching 3D content; Narrow vertical viewing angle for 3D;
4.6