LG 47LA860W review

  • £1899
  • $2920

A hugely impressive user experience makes this 47-inch flagship LED TV fun to use, but it lacks contrast and black levels.

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Picture quality

Something we've long loved about LG TVs is their use of preset Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) picture modes, which once again work a treat (though there's also a full suite of colour management tweaks, from white balance right through to colour gamut).

In our test we plumped for the ISF 1 mode as a base for our test discs, the first of which was a 2D run-though of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

LED Local Dimming is best set to its lowest setting, where it helps create a clean and precise image. If this setting is left off, the TV tends to produce a bluish tone to images where black is dominant, as well as some light spillage in the corners of the screen and a touch of haloing.

LG 47LA860W review

Light spillage is not endemic to the panel at all, though overall it is the lack of convincing black levels that is the LG 47LA860W's key weakness, which will rule it out for home cinemas.

Elsewhere, though, it puts in a fine performance - colour is well saturated and natural-looking, while detail from HD sources is stunning even during fast-paced sequences.

We didn't feel much need to engage TruMotion, though on its lowest Smooth setting it makes chaotic scenes look deliciously smoother, though with some bubbling artefacts around the actors who move quickly across the shot. The Clear and Clear Plus settings remove too much brightness while adding artefacts, so are best avoided.

LG 47LA860W review

Smooth proves useful when watching 3D, too, though the visible lines of the FPR filter - and lower resolution generally - make judder less of an issue.

Unusually for a 3D TV, the LG 47LA860W can convert anything to 3D - from live TV to a DVD or even something you're streaming over SmartShare, it's all fair game. Except that converting sources to 3D isn't really something that's worth bothering with, because the 3D effect isn't at all consistent.

In our test we watched some golf being broadcast in HD, and found that in 3D mode the resolution drops in half, those lines are clearly visible, and though the on-screen graphics lift up nicely from the screen, the putting greens lack depth. Even when there's a near-ground shot of a crowd, the theoretical depth isn't presented cleanly enough.

LG 47LA860W review

It can all get a bit confusing, too, since only the middle of the screen seems to get a full 3D effect, regardless of the shot.

No, what the LG 47LA860W upscales to a far higher standard is non-HD sources, so that even a YouTube video full-screen looks acceptable, while regular Freeview channels excel.

Sound

It could do with some extra welly, but the LG 47LA860W's 24W speakers are more than fit for purpose. A Virtual Surround Plus mode drags out some sonic detail lurking in the background, but doesn't exactly surround you.

LG 47LA860W review

On other modes the LG 47LA860W does well, and it's relatively good with music, though dialogue can sometimes sound harsh.

Value

It's hard to argue with the breadth of features on the LG 47LA860W. As a flagship LED TV it's priced about right considering that it ships with six pairs of 3D specs and a boat-load of HDMI and USB ports and other features.

It's also worth noting that the remote control app for smartphones and tablets - supplied by almost all brands these days - is far more ambitious than most.

LG 47LA860W review

The free LG TV Remote app for iOS and Android acts as a second screen by putting a live TV picture on a smartphone that mirrors what's playing on the LG 47LA860W.

Live TV is about six seconds behind on the app, from which it's possible to take and share screen grabs, though it doesn't work if the source you're watching is in, or is being converted, to 3D.

The app goes on and on, presenting a grid of icons for apps and widgets and full mastery of the TV. It's a viable alternative to those who don't get on with the Magic Remote supplied with the LG 47LA860W.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLA860W
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption64 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
RMS Output Power24 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand694 mm
Width with Stand1059 mm
Depth with Stand269 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year94 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height625 mm
Width1059 mm
Depth35.1 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Virtual Surround Plus
Product SeriesLA860W
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMobile High Definition Link (MHL), Flicker-free, Motion Clarity Index, Web Browser, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LA860W
Product Name47LA860W LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LA860W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationLG SMART TV

LG Smart TV's comes with an improved design, offering greater simplicity and more room for customization.

SMART ENTERTAINMENT

Our Smart platform brings together all your favourite content.

There's catch-up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, as well as instant access to movies on demand via Sky Movies on NOW TV, Netflix, LOVEFiLM and Blinkbox.
You can also stream live sports via Sky Sport on NOW TV, BBC Sports and Eurosport.
There's also access to music from Napster, plus social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Package Contents
  • 47LA860W LED-LCD TV
  • 6 x Pairs of 3D Glasses
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg