LG 42LS570T review

Great value Edge LED TV with networking and generous connectivity

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The beauty of LG's smart TV platform is that it isn't a separate collection of apps, but encompasses the entire TV. The dashboard is split into three, with a live TV thumbnail next to a grid of Premium apps and apps from LG's SmartWorld online store.

Premium apps are about average in terms of content, comprising Lovefilm, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Acetrax, Blinkbox, BBC Sport, YouTube and the Rovi-powered KNOWHOW Movies. That's quite some choice if you want to stream a movie.

Behind these top-line links are apps for Twitter, Skype and Facebook, as well as lesser-needed apps such as Dailymotion, vTuner, Viewster and Museums PureStreams HD (updates on the latest exhibitions).

LG is promising new apps for 2013, including EuroSport Player, Napster and Deezer.

LG 42LS570T review

Meanwhile, the front dashboard also hosts an LG Smart World panel, which showcases some other downloadable clutter by including invites to download the likes of Absolute Radio, Yupp TV and the amusing Wee Wee Kitty game (wee on flowers, kill them, win).

SmartShare, a panel just off-screen of the home dashboard that can easily be scrolled to, enables you to view digital content on a networked PC or USB flash drive (or phone) by content (video, music, photo or recorded TV).

It adds a Recently Watched grid of nine live video icons, a similarly comprehensive Newly Added panel, as well as the choice to enter each device - say, a specific USB stick - from a Linked Device window. It's nothing short of brilliant.

In terms of picture tech, the LG 42LS570T isn't the most advanced around - we wouldn't expect that for £499.99 (around AU$775/US$815) - but it offers more than most of its price rivals.

LG 42LS570T review

With Full HD and using Edge LED backlighting, its Triple XD Engine suite of circuitry comprises a resolution upscaler on two strengths, and a 200Hz backlight scanning mode.

As well as dedicated Game and Cinema modes, the LG 42LS570T hints at its ambitious spec with two presets - ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Expert1 and ISF Expert2.

There's also an Intelligent Sensor setting that measures the ambient light levels and adjusts the contrast levels and intensity of the LCD backlighting, though such modes rarely impress us.

Of more interest is TruMotion, which ought to give a leg-up to Blu-rays in any LCD-based TV's battle against blur and judder.

The LG 42LS570T's Freeview HD tuner is nicely presented, with two hours' of TV scheduling provided for seven channels on one page, and it includes the chance to make recordings to a hard disk, too.

LG 42LS570T review

Ins and outs are another of the LG 42LS570T's strong hands.

The rear connections panel's video inputs comprise a wired Ethernet LAN port, a 15-pin D-sub PC input, RF aerial input (to power Freeview HD), and a set of component, composite and RGB Scart video inputs (via adaptors, which also include two phonos).

Audio gubbins number a single jack for PC audio, a headphones slot and a digital optical audio output.

A jack pack on the side of the TV adds four HDMI inputs (handy in terms of number, though sturdy or fabric-covered quality HDMI cables will jut out the side quite considerably), three easily accessible USB inputs (rare at this price), and a Common Interface slot.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLS570
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.10 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption67 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand660 mm
Width with Stand979 mm
Depth with Stand269 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height593 mm
Width979 mm
Depth35.5 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesLS570
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LS570T
Product Name42" FULL HD LED Smart TV with Freeview HD and 4X HDMI
Manufacturer Part Number42LS570T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

With Smart TV built in, the LS570 LED TV is your gateway to a world of web-based apps - from catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, streaming films on demand through LoveFilm or to your favourite social networks like Facebook & Twitter. It will also stream content over your home network or play it from a USB drive. And with freeview HD, you can enjoy free high-definition programming with stunning picture quality boosted by LG's cutting-edge motion processing.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.70 kg