LG 42LW550T review

Excellent, affordable passive 42-inch 3D TV set with useful multimedia options

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LG 42lw550t


Considering the large size of the 42LW550T's bezel, the audio performance is disappointing. The dynamic range is limited, bass extension is minimal and maximum volume levels are low, while the soundstage is compressed and harsh during action scenes. The best that can be said of the sound is that it is perfectly adequate for everyday TV.


Ideally the 42LW550T's price would be a bit lower to give it an instant edge over similarly priced active shutter models. If you've got a big family or you're into social viewing nights, though, the fact that you get seven pairs of 3D glasses included for free is a massive boon, saving you £700 on the price of getting a similar number of glasses to go with an active set.

Ease of use

LG's operating system has been arguably the best around for a couple of years now and this continues for the most part with the 42LW550T. Graphics are used extensively but intuitively, making the system feel friendly and inviting and the menus combine very well with the reasonably comfortable and well laid out remote control.

The new Smart TV menu handles the vast quantities of new apps and sources efficiently. The only problem is that including the header for the main TV setup menu on the same page as where you access all your sources and apps is a bit confusing. Keeping these two menu areas totally separate would make more sense.

The remote supplied with the 42LW550T was extremely unresponsive at times, but as no such problems have been experienced with previous LG remotes, the suspicion was that that this was a faulty sample.

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 FamilyLW5
3D Type3D
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 Ratio8,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
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 120Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height617 mm
Width1012 mm
Depth39.2 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesLW5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42LW550T
Product Name42LW550T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number42LW550T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Welcome to the Next Generation 3D TV from LG. The LW5 Cinema 3D Smart TV series provides the ultimate in-home entertainment to share with your family and friends by bringing the cinema 3D experience home. The LW5 series is available in a variety of screen sizes all with Smart TV - so you can watch the best of the internet on the big screen and access all your favourite media from multiple devices from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Weight (Approximate)13.20 kg