LG 15EL9500 review

The largest consumer OLED TV is stylish and exciting, but so very expensive

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LG sets usually cake-walk this section, with the company's exemplary (and increasingly widely imitated) tablet-style system routinely putting other operating systems to shame.

And the graphical element of it, at least, is still as marvellously intuitive and attractively rendered as ever, but is let down on this particular model by a frustratingly sluggish remote.

Which is a shame and a surprise, not least because the handheld control appears at first to be a class above the sort of zapper you'd expect to find partnering a set of this size.

It's almost the size of 'normal' (32in or larger) remote, the buttons are large, thoughtfully laid out and clearly labelled and many of the impeccably useful functions, such as the 'Q-menu' have been retained from the manufacturer's grown-up range.

Lithium-ion batteries enable an aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing slenderness and everything is generally where it ought to be, but the bubble bursts almost as soon as you start using the thing, with a frustratingly vague relationship between the unit and the set itself causing multiple button-jabs, fruitless 'aiming' of the zapper at the telly and frequent selection of the wrong thing.

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We're inclined to cut LG some slack on the grounds that its sets are normally a dream to operate, the menu system still delights and on the off-chance that we might have reviewed a mildly duff sample, but we are (provisionally) disappointed to have witnessed this minor slip in an area in which LG could previously do no wrong.

Tech Specs

Product TypeOLED TV
Standard Refresh Rate100 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports1
Brand NameLG
Screen Size38.1 cm (15")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle190°
Vertical Viewing Angle190°
Weight with Stand (Approximate)1.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption40 W
Standby Power Consumption990 mW
RMS Output Power4 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Height with Stand235.10 mm
Width with Stand351.30 mm
Depth with Stand42.90 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory1000
Height235.1 mm
Width351.3 mm
Depth42.9 mm
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model15EL9500
Product Name15EL9500 OLED TV
Manufacturer Part Number15EL9500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

OLED TV is significantly more energy efficient than existing LCD, LED and Plasma TVs this 15" OLED TV from LG will give you the ultimate in picture quality and the minimum in power consumption.

Response Time100 µs
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg