LG 42LS570T review

Great value Edge LED TV with networking and generous connectivity

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Great Value

Adept with HD fare and well endowed with ins and outs, the LG 42LS570T's lack of ultimate versatility might be a cause for concern for some.

For all-round family viewing, perhaps the smaller 32-inch LG 32LS570T will represent the sweet spot of this particular TV lineup, but those wanting to hook up multiple sources and USB flash drives/HDDs on a big screen TV will heartily disagree.

We liked

The movie streaming app-laden Smart TV and SmartShare are our favourite aspects of the LG 42LS570T, though its Blu-ray picture is strangely addictive, too.

That's down to a surprisingly effective TruMotion setting, though just as useful are this low-priced TV's Freeview HD tuner and all-round media-savvy user interface.

And the plentiful and conveniently placed USB and HDMI inputs are a big attraction, too.

We disliked

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Aside from movie streaming, a few more catch-up TV apps wouldn't go amiss on Smart TV, while standard definition isn't treated particularity well.

Sound is relatively poor, while contrast and black levels are such that little shadow detail is visible.

The placing of all four HDMI inputs on the side is also annoying, since the cables jut out from the side of the TV too easily, though of more concern is the TV's lack of Wi-Fi.

Final verdict

As a screen for the living room of someone with loads of gadgets and a penchant for digital media, there is no better value choice than the LG 42LS570T.

Heaving with HDMI and USB slots, though lacking Wi-Fi, it's nevertheless the 42-inch LG's smart TV functionality that swings it.

On most TV brands - save for Toshiba, perhaps - the provision of anything that could be considered smart means paying at least £100 or more on top of the base price.

LG's imaginatively named Smart TV platform is included for zilch extra amid a good value package of other TV must-haves - including an arresting hi-definition picture.

Also consider

The budget 42-inch TV market is awash with options. Very similar to this TV is the Toshiba 40RL953, while slightly more spend gets you the Panasonic TX-L42E5B, which is mightily similar, too, save for a completely different - and less integrated - smart TV platform.

Meanwhile, the Samsung UE40ES6300 adds Active Shutter 3D compatibility, as does the upscale Sony KDL-40HX753, though for more spend.

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