LG 32LD490 review

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

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LG 32ld490

With all this in mind, it's hardly surprising that when you look past the surface sheen a few cracks appear, such as black level and video noise issues. But while these cracks are wide enough to stop the set from being a true budget classic, they certainly don't stop it from being worth at least an audition, especially if you can find it discounted to an even lower price.

We liked

The price is appealing and more than fair for what's on offer with the 32LD490. Being able to play photo, music or video files via USB on such an affordable set is a boon, as is having a Freeview HD tuner. But even better is the fact that you can access material stored on your networked PCs.

In performance terms, the 32LD490 sounds better than most 32in LCD TVs, and scores highly on picture vibrancy and sharpness.

We disliked

The picture breaks down badly if you have to watch from much of an angle. The black level response is found a touch wanting during very dark scenes too, and colours lack a little subtlety.

Feature-wise, the only disappointment is the lack of content on LG's NetCast online platform, though LG could argue that any online features at all should class as a bargain on a TV as cheap as the 32LD490.

Final verdict

The 32LD490 isn't the prettiest, cleverest or highest-performance TV LG has ever made, but the aggressive price (considering the amount of spec) and eye-catching brightness and colour levels will almost certainly win the 32LD490 more than a few multimedia-loving fans.

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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