LG 32LD490 review

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

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LG 32ld490

Despite being one of LG's cheaper TVs, it still benefits from the same exemplary onscreen menu system found on the brand's higher-end TVs.

The presentation of the menus is first rate, with extensive use of HD-grade graphics and wording ensuring that you're never in doubt as to where you need to go to achieve a particular end.

The menus are superbly well structured, too, once you've realised that some of the more in-depth picture tweaks only open up if you first choose the ISF presets. What's more, there's no hint of sluggishness or unresponsiveness when navigating through all the options on offer.

Making this all the more impressive is the fact that there are so many features for the TV to deal with, something that would doubtless lead to much scratching of heads with a less accomplished operating system.

The remote control is also a cut above the efforts usually found with such affordable TVs. The elongated design is elegant and effective at separating out different sections of buttons, while little touches like the raised section where the volume and programme shifting buttons sit and the rocker switch approach to the navigation buttons, both help you find your way round the handset, even in a darkened room.

Sound

Perhaps because it's a bit chunkier than most of LG's TVs these days, the 32LD490 produces a slightly better audio performance than the average, affordable 32in screen. There's a tad more reach at the bass end of the spectrum, slightly more openness in the mid-range and treble details are reasonably clear without tipping over into harshness as readily as often happens with smaller TVs.

There's nothing outstandingly good going on here, just something that's pretty easy to listen to, which in itself is quite unusual with LCD TVs.

Value

If you're into multimedia, the fact that the 32LD490 has so much to offer in that department for so little money will make its price seem very attractive, especially as it's a solid performer and has a built-in Freeview HD tuner.

Anyone focused purely on picture quality might consider spending just a little bit more to get superior performance from some similarly specified Samsung or Sony rivals, but there's not much around below £400 that can perform significantly better than the 32LD490.

The 32LD490 is one of LG's classic 'tick all the boxes' TVs. It first catches your eye with its price, which is aggressive right away for any 32in TV from a leading brand. But it reels you in further with a tantalising mixture of surprisingly expansive multimedia talents and the sort of hardcore picture adjustment flexibility that some brands reserve for their professional-grade screens.

Its pictures seem expressly designed to leap out from the affordable 32in crowd, with their almost indecent amounts of brightness and filthy rich colours.

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
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand555 mm
Width with Stand799 mm
Depth with Stand207 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height506 mm
Width799 mm
Depth74 mm
ColourBlack
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)8.10 kg