LG 15EL9500 review

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

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LG 15le9500

We were thrilled by the sense of technological breakthrough embodied by this set and were excited at the potential for OLED hinted at by the mostly excellent picture performance.

It is extremely difficult to discern exactly who the 15LE9500 is aimed at though; too small for home cinema and far too expensive to stick away on second-set duty in a bedroom or kitchen, it feels more like an interesting prototype than something that ought to be on the shelves.

We liked:

Colours are accurate, movement is impressively fluid and black levels leave conventional LCD sets for dead, however they might be backlit.

We also loved the futuristic styling and the dependably sound operating system.

We disliked:

There's just no escaping the fact that £1,700 or so is a ridiculous amount of money to ask for a set that can't command anything bigger than a bedroom.

We are also slightly disappointed by a remote control that promises much but fails to deliver where it counts and audio is a crushingly predictable minus.


An intriguing glimpse ahead to the next stage of flatscreen evolution, but one that comes at a preposterously prohibitive price.

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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