LG 32LD490 review

LG's new 32-inch TV brings plenty of features without costing the earth

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  • Good feature count
  • Decent value for the features on offer
  • Bright and colourful pictures


  • Motion blur
  • Some black level issues
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Weak online service

LG's winning combination of high feature counts, smart looks and bold pricing has seen it charge up the affordable TV sales charts. The 32LD490 is a perfect example of the South Korean firm's bang/buck philosophy, with a full HD resolution, Freeview HD tuner, USB input with surprisingly extensive multimedia playback support and even access to LG's online NetCast platform.

The sheer scale of LG's current lineup makes it difficult to place this CCFL-lit set in any kind of meaningful context, but if you're after something larger, but similarly value-oriented, there are 42in and 37in versions of this set available. The LD690 series adds 100Hz and more elegant styling to proceedings, while stepping up from there to the LD790 series brings 200Hz processing.

If you'd rather have an edge LED backlight, meanwhile, the equivalent models in LG's range are within the LE4900 series.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLD490
Brand NameLG
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Operating Power Consumption84.60 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio60,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand555 mm
Width with Stand799 mm
Depth with Stand207 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height506 mm
Width799 mm
Depth74 mm
Product SeriesLD490
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model32LD490
Product Name32LD490 32" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number32LD490
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LD490 LCD TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality and built in freeview HD to provide 5 times the picture quality of standard definition freeview. Also built in is LG NetCast technology for access to your favourite internet content such as YouTube.

Response Time4 ms
Weight (Approximate)8.10 kg