And the other defect is that in 3D mode the TV only delivers half the resolution. You get 540 horizontal lines for each eye instead of 1080. Mostly this wasn’t much of a problem, but some high-contrast diagonals showed quite visible jaggies where there shouldn’t have been any.

Magic wand?

LG tossed in its optional Magic Motion Remote for us to have a look at. This costs $79 and is in two parts: a cutdown remote (with just a few basic controls) and a wireless receiver box which plugs into the TV’s USB port. Press ‘OK’ on the remote and a set of cross hairs appears on the TV screen, along with some popup menus. By pointing the remote you drag the crosshairs around to the various menus, and then you can do pretty much anything.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but within 15 minutes I was using it to enter my email address into the BigPond Movies sign-up screen far more efficiently than I would have managed with arrow keys.

It isn’t a killer advance in TV remote control technology, but it isn’t half bad either.

Conclusion

So, as a 2D TV, the LG 47LW6500 is a good performer (it has full resolution for this) with excellent networked extras available. As a 3D TV, the trade-off in resolution is probably worth it, with the onscreen image presented as something more like DVD rather than Blu-ray quality.

 

LG Cinema 3D trades FULL HD for el cheapo glasses... and it’s worth it
Price (RRP): $2499 Manufacturer: LG
Very good crosstalk performance with 3D; Very good 2D picture performance; Wide horizontal viewing angle for 3D; Cheap 3D eyewear
3D not displayed in Full HD; Narrow vertical viewing angle for 3D
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