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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The 42LE4900 is a great-looking TV set, boasting super-slim dimensions (thanks to its edge LED backlight) and a fetching gloss-black bezel. And at this price, the feature list is equally attractive, including modern-day frills like DLNA networking, NetCast and digital media playback from USB, not to mention the unusually detailed picture settings.

There's no motion processing or 3D support, but sacrifices were always inevitable at this price and what's left still makes it feel like good value.

It's a pity then that the LG's picture quality couldn't transcend its price tag – sure, you get bright, engaging picture quality with bright, engaging Blu-ray moments, but watch dark scenes and the poor black definition and backlight issues mean you're not seeing movies at their very best.

It's fine for everyday TV viewing but anyone with serious cinematic ambitions should save a little more moolah and check out one of LG's better specified sets.

LG 42le4900 review verdict

We liked

The 42LE4900's hi-tech design looks great and its space saving 35mm profile is undoubtedly appealing. The inclusion of networking, flexible format support via USB and internet TV access (albeit limited) is also pleasing for the money.

There's a generous range of connections and the detailed ISF-approved picture settings help you (or an engineer) find a picture balance to suit. Also impressive is the slick, attractive operating system.

We disliked

The set struggles with black levels, making dark scenes look a little mushy, while backlight issues cause pooling in the corners and poor motion reproduction leaves objects looking blurry and juddery. NetCast offers limited content compared to rival sets from Sony and Samsung.

Verdict

If you've got around £600 to splash on a TV then you could do a lot worse than the 42LE4900. There's a tasty array of features on board, the likes of which you don't always find in this price bracket, and like many of the latest LED-equipped sets its slim, sexy looks will be a perfect fit for any living room.

Generous connectivity and extensive picture calibration settings are further high points.

That said, you will have to make some sacrifices in terms of picture quality and on-board processing. Problems with black levels, uneven backlight distribution and a lack of motion fluidity don't show movies to their full potential.

But if you're fine with that then you may find enough to like elsewhere to make the 42LE4900 a good purchase.

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
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand692 mm
Width with Stand1018 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height627 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth35.3 mm
ColourBlack
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.

SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.20 kg