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LG 42PW450T review

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

LG 42pw450t

What the LG 42PW450T lacks in terms of resolution it more than makes up for with its plethora of picture and sound adjustments.

Motion judder is dealt with by 600Hz sub-field drive processing, a common feature these days on plasma TVs but not one that always delivers the goods as smoothly as it promises.

There's a decent array of picture modes on the LG 42PW450T, including two Expert modes and regular presets for Sport, Cinema, Gaming, Energy-saving and Standard use. All modes allow user adjustment to some extent, with plenty of parameters to play with including colour temperature, noise reduction, gamma levels, dynamic contrast, dynamic colour, colour gamut and edge enhancer.

The presence of so many enthusiast-level features seems a little strange on a non-full HD panel, and many users will be wary of delving into the screen's sub-menu universe, but all modes have a handy reset button and significant improvements can be yielded with just a small amount of tinkering.

Energy saving is a major concern in the consumer electronics sector and the LG 42PW450T duly plays its part, with a dedicated eco mode and button on the remote that lets you quickly reduce the brightness. An attractive fuel gauge-style graphic pops up to show you how ecologically in tune your viewing is.

Included with the LG 42PW450T is one pair of LG's latest active shutter spectacles for watching 3D. Easily the most stylish 3D glasses on the market, they're light and comfortable, and can be charged using the supplied micro USB-USB cable. It still rankles with us, however, that there's no universal standard for active specs, making supplementary pairs an expensive extra.

Switching to 3D has to be done manually as there's no auto-recognition, but at least the screen has every type of 3D source covered, and for those who like an unsatisfying 3D experience, its capabilities extend to converting from two to three dimensions.

Networking and multimedia aren't really the LG 42PW450T's bag but it does boast ethernet and USB sockets, and is capable of playing back most common movie, photo and music file types.

Connectivity-wise, there are no surprises. There are three HDMIs, one of which faces the side, along with a CI slot and the USB input. It's good to see a digital optical output for piping Dolby Digital sound to an amp when watching Freeview HD.

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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand662.70 mm
Width with Stand984 mm
Depth with Stand230.50 mm
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)20 kg