LG 42LV550T review

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

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LG 42lv550t

With no passive – or, for that matter, active – 3D to its name, LG's 42LV550T needs to rely on other charms to attract you to its cause.

These charms include an attractively slender and 'angular' design, a full version of LG's latest Smart TV online service complete with a web browser, good compatibility with Macs and PCs and something dubbed MCI 500Hz – a fancy name for a pseudo 500Hz effect thanks to a combination of motion processing, a scanning backlight and 100Hz processing.

Inevitably, it uses edge LED lighting, while its extremely well-presented on-screen menus provide a wealth of picture set-up features and options, including a colour management system and all manner of tools for tweaking the set's black level response.

It's a pity that none of these tools enable the TV to produce a totally satisfying black level response, at least if you're watching in a dark room. But in most other ways – provided you're careful with some of its processing options – the LG 42LV550T's pictures can be considered a success, with excellent sharpness and colour response and decent motion handling.

We liked

LG 42lv550t

During bright footage the LG 42LV550T's pictures can look excellent, thanks to some exceptionally vivid colours, high brightness levels and extreme sharpness – especially when you're watching HD sources.

The set's Smart TV online service has some excellent features, too, and the PLEX system for networking with your PC or Mac now works a treat. The set's on-screen menus and remote are also excellent.

We disliked

Really dark scenes can suffer numerous problems, depending on what settings you're using, and there doesn't seem to be any mix of settings that gets rid of every flaw. Also, too many of the apps in the app store are pointless.

Final verdict

If you're looking for a versatile, multimedia-savvy 42-inch TV that looks great and doesn't cost the earth, the LG 42LV550T has a lot going for it.

Its PLEX system works great with PCs and Macs alike, it plays back an unusually wide variety of multimedia file types and for most of the time it also produces extremely enjoyable pictures.

If you're a fan of watching films with the lights off, though, you might find yourself troubled by a few black level shortcomings.

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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