LG 42LV450U review

A budget 42-inch TV that suffers for its lack of 3D, Freeview HD and smart TV

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LG 42lv450u review

Casual buyers strolling into their local electronics store might very well find themselves wandering out clutching an LG 42LV450U under their arm. Its combination of a low price, pretty design and rich, bright colours give it serious shelf appeal.

Get the TV home, though, and you might wonder if you've done the right thing. You'll likely be upset not to find a Freeview HD tuner, for a start. You might also wonder why such a futuristic-looking TV doesn't have any online Smart TV features or enable you to stream in multimedia stuff stored on your PC.

Even the brash pictures that may have looked so attractive in a brightly lit shop lose some of their lustre in a home environment, as you clock the TV's rather average black level response and uninspiring standard definition upscaling.

The LG 42LV450U does have its moments, for sure. But with less than £50 more getting you a Freeview HD tuner, better pictures and full Smart TV functionality from LG's own 42LV550T, the LG 42LV450U looks like a compromise product that the brand's range doesn't really need.

We liked

The edge LED lighting in the LG 42LV450U helps it deliver an attractively slender and glossy design. The TV is extremely easy to use, too, and its price seems reasonably aggressive if considered in isolation from the rest of LG's range. It also produces some pleasingly sharp and colour-rich HD pictures.

We disliked

The LG 42LV450U's lack of a Freeview HD tuner is a huge disappointment, despite the TV's aggressive pricing. It's also a bit of a shame that there are no Smart TV features.

In performance terms, the HD TV struggles to produce a good black level response, and is only an average standard-definition performer.

Ultimately, with these negatives taken into account, even the LG 42LV450U's price no longer looks particularly attractive, given what LG has on offer for only a few quid more.

Final verdict

The LG 42LV450U is unfortunately a great example of an increasingly common problem with current TV ranges as prices keep being squeezed.

If you consider it on just its own merits, it's a respectable if hardly awe-inspiring effort – provided you can live without a Freeview HD tuner, at any rate.

Put it in the context of LG's wider TV range, though, and it struggles to justify its existence. That's when you consider that spending not much more cash at all could get you the LG 42LV550T, from a series that gives you both much better specifications and a superior performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLV4
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption96.77 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand688 mm
Width with Stand1005 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height621 mm
Width1005 mm
Depth29.9 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLV4
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LV450U
Product Name42LV450U LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LV450U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LV4 LED TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design in a wide range of screen sizes as well as having 400Hz (MCI) and a USB connection for access to your favourite pictures, music and videos. This TV will also save you money off your electricity bills with 40% power consumption saving vs. an LCD TV.

Weight (Approximate)13 kg