LG 42PW450T review

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

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LG 42pw450t

LG's 42PW450T aims to make large-screen 3D TV affordable to the masses. That much is obvious from the £600 price. But a glance at the screen's specification gives rise to the suspicion that in order to meet that price LG has possibly cut the wrong corners.

Why include a raft of enthusiast-level calibration tools, having dispensed with a full HD panel in favour of an HD-ready one? As it turns out the screen's spec makes sense as those picture tweaks are needed to help extract the best possible images.

We liked

From the nicely sculpted handset to the onscreen menu system, this is a lovely TV to operate. It also boasts an attractive, cutting-edge frame that belies the screen's price and plasma-based platform.

The sound quality is superb and, despite minor issues with resolution and clarity, the LG 42PW450T is no mug when it comes to serving up highly engaging HD images, especially Blu-ray pictures.

We disliked

Standard definition Freeview images are below par, and 3D isn't the set's forté, especially Sky's 3D pictures, which suffer dreadfully in terms of resolution. The 2D-to-3D conversion feature is a pointless gimmick.

Verdict

Its HD-ready panel was never going to match a full HD screen for detail, but for £600 the LG 42PW450T delivers a remarkably impressive performance in terms of sound and picture. It's not terrifically convincing as a 3D screen but if money is tight it just about passes muster.

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