LG 42LV550T review

It might not have 3D, but this 42-inch LG TV still has plenty going for it

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Our Verdict

A versatile, attractive and well-priced 42-inch smart TV without 3D, but images suffer a little in the dark


  • Bright, colourful pictures
  • Nice design
  • Reasonably aggressive price
  • Good operating system and multimedia system


  • Black levels are flawed
  • Apps store is cluttered
  • Audio lacks bass

Although LG's passive 3D system has comprehensively proven its worth, at least where relatively compact screen sizes are concerned, it still comes as a slight relief to find that the brand's 42LV550T doesn't have 3D built in. It means there's no need to have to get into the whole passive vs active 3D philosophical debate again, allowing this review to focus solely on the product itself rather than larger issues beyond it.

What's more, despite its lack of 3D, the 42-inch smart TV has a decent quantity of tricks to get stuck into. The LV550T series does, after all, represent the top end of LG's non-3D TVs, and the brand traditionally isn't shy of delivering plenty of bang for your buck with its relatively high-end sets.

Among the LG 42LV550T's headline features is something called MCI 500Hz. The MCI bit stands for Motion Clarity Index, confirming that this is a feature designed to boost the appearance of motion.

There will be a little more detail on this later, but for now it seems safe to say that this new 'measurement' appears to be a direct response to Samsung's use of similarly high CMR (Clear Motion Rate) figures on the spec lists of its TVs.

The LG 42LV550T also enjoys edge LED lighting, LG's full 2011 Smart TV service, a Freeview HD tuner and extensive multimedia playback via both a USB port and LG's PLEX multimedia conduit for files stored on a PC or Mac.

Other models in the same range are the 47-inch 47LV550T, 37-inch 37LV550T and 32-inch 32LV550T.

If the LV550T range's features all sound good to you but you want 3D as well, the equivalent 3D model is the 42LW550T.

The LG 42LV550T's price feels about right to us – maybe a touch better than right – for what's on offer. Especially if you're attracted by its now rather excellent PLEX multimedia support.

However, if you want something a little cheaper, the next range down is the LV450U. This series only has a standard definition tuner, lacks smart TV functionality and uses MCI 400 rather than MCI 500.

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 FamilyLV5
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption96.77 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand683 mm
Width with Stand1012 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyTruMotion 100Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height617 mm
Width1012 mm
Depth39.2 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Brown
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLV5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LV550T
Product Name42LV550T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LV550T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

42" Full HD LED Smart TV with 500Hz (MCI) & freeview HD

The LV5 LED Smart 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 500Hz (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)13.20 kg