LG 42LE4900 review

LG's great value 42-inch edge-LED set has some tasty features, but can its pictures cut the mustard at this price?

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Like an eight-stone opera singer, the 42LE4900 musters a surprising amount of sonic power from its skinny frame. We're not quite sure how, but the scene in chapter 2 of Inception, when the building collapses, sounds loud and detailed, and high frequencies are relayed without excessive harshness.

However, it's still boxy in tone and seriously lacking in bass, which is fine when watching Dickinson's Real Deal but gets a bit wearing when you watch Inception all the way through.


Weighing up the amount of features against the circa-£600 price tag, we have to conclude that the 42LE4900 offers good value for money. It's great to find DLNA features and USB playback on the spec sheet, plus you don't find picture settings this detailed on many sets at this price.

That value factor does start to dip once you consider the picture shortcomings, the lack of on-board processing and the limitations of LG's current internet TV offering, but even then there's still enough good stuff here to stop you feeling short-changed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLE4900
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption88.40 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand692 mm
Width with Stand1018 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height627 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth35.3 mm
Product SeriesLE4900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LE4900
Product Name42LE4900 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LE4900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LE4900 LED TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design which is perfect for hanging on the wall. Also on board is built in Freeview HD and NetCast for access to your favourite internet applications so that you and your family will be entertained for hours.

Weight (Approximate)14.20 kg