LG 42PW450T review

A bargain 42-inch HD-ready plasma TV that scores well with Blu-ray but not 3D

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Our Verdict

An affordable HD-ready TV with impressive sound and picture quality but less convincing 3D and no Smart TV features


  • Decent all-round images
  • First-rate Blu-ray playback
  • Appealing look
  • Attractive menu system
  • Excellent sound


  • 3D pictures lack punch
  • Standard def Freeview pics below par
  • Network-unfriendly
  • Active 3D glasses expensive

Given all the fuss LG has made about the benefits of passive 3D TV, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Korean brand had turned its back on the active shutter system. Not so. And even more surprising is that the company's most affordable TV over 40 inches, the 42PW450T, uses active shutter glasses.

This may seem like an odd decision for a 42-inch product with a spec sheet that has clearly been pared down to get the price below £600, but LG thinks that the words 'passive' and 'plasma' do not mix.

Just as well really, when we're dealing with a panel that has fewer pixels than most 3D screens. The 42PW450T's mere 1024 x 768 resolution wouldn't be best suited to the halving in resolution that the passive system imposes on its 3D images.

Also not found on the LG 42PW450T are any kind of Smart TV services. Of course, these can be added easily and affordably from elsewhere if that's what floats your entertainment boat.

Looking at LG's 3D plasma lineup, the 42PW450T and its 50-inch sibling, the 50PW450T, are the runts of the litter. Upping the ante to a full HD panel is the step-up 50PZ250T, also with an anti-reflective filter.

Further up the food chain, with four HDMIs is the 50PZ550T, the Smart TV-totting 50PZ570T and luxury styled 50PZ950T. All the Zs come in 60-inch models too.

Full marks to the 42PW450T's design team, who have managed to give this gas-powered TV a contemporary look. The dark grey brushed metal finish (aka hair line texture) might not be to everyone's taste, but the narrow Razor Frame bezel, clean lines and overall svelte appearance are the hallmarks of an edge-lit LED screen rather than the chubby plasma screens we're more used to.

Perhaps the most noticeable imperfection is that the grey screen is reflective, but then again, not unexpected at this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyPW4
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Weight with Stand (Approximate)21.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption129 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand662.70 mm
Width with Stand984 mm
Depth with Stand230.50 mm
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height608.9 mm
Width984 mm
Depth52.5 mm
ColourBlack, Titan Silver
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesPW4
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
FeaturesMedia Player, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model42PW450T
Product Name42PW450T Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part Number42PW450T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PW4 3D Ready TV series provides stunning stunning picture quality with a stunning razor frame design. Bring the magic of 3D Home and convert your living room to a sports stadium or cinema thanks to its crystal clear picture quality. The PW4 series is HD Ready with built-in freeview HD and 600Hz technology to provide a superb viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • 42PW450T Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair of Active Shutter Glasses
Weight (Approximate)20 kg