LG 47LA860W review

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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Supplying the LG 47LA860W with just a Magic Remote is a confident move, but unfortunately it's a year or two too early. We do love using it - it's comfortable to hold and easy to navigate pages - but it's simply too slow to wake up.

Almost every time we picked it up we had to wait as long as five seconds before the cursor appeared on the screen.

That never happens with a traditional hard-button remote, and we're wondering why it happens here, but it does - and it's irritating. It also means revisiting the LG 47LA860W's home page to do anything substantial, simply because there are so few shortcut buttons on the remote itself.

LG 47LA860W review

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We're also not sure about the gleaming silver colour, which looks a bit cheap. Brushed titanium this is not, and therefore it doesn't belong on a flagship LED TV.

However, there is a flip-side, in that navigating the LG 47LA860W's built-in web browser is far easier than on rival TVs, while entering text via a virtual keyboard is much quicker than with a hard-button remote.

We've do have one more remote control grumble, this time about the LG 47LA860W's Universal Control feature. It claims to furnish the Magic Remote with codes for the remotes of other AV gear connected to the LG 47LA860W.

LG 47LA860W review

However, in our test with a recent Philips 3D Blu-ray player, none of the four choices of codes worked.

While other manufacturers have completely refreshed their user interfaces for 2013, LG has left well alone - and a good thing, too. We've long admired its use of panels on the home page that puts apps and even files on a connected USB flash drive alongside a live TV thumbnail and a line of widgets across the bottom. It's smart and colourful, with attractive transitions, and has everything you need.

Kudos goes in particular to the SmartShare panel, which not only monitors new files on a connected USB stick, but generates a thumbnail, too. It looks great, and even finds room for links to a phone or tablet.

LG 47LA860W review

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This so-called Screen Share is wirelessly done via Wi-Di or Wi-Fi Direct/Miracast, with a Tag-On feature that enables any NFC-compatible Android device to be linked to the LG 47LA860W just by touching them to the TV's NFC tag.

SmartShare has another dimension in MediaLink, LG's name for its Plex software. Clearly aimed at those who download files and want to watch the likes of MKV, AVI and MP4 files on their TV, Plex first connects with a PC or Mac fitted with the free Plex software (it only sorts files into specific folders that you grant it access to), then fetches metadata from the internet to furnish files with cover art and plot summaries.

It even sorts files into folder by director, year made, starring actor, and many more. It doesn't always work - Plex took a TV programme about rocks and geology and told us it was Cold Mountain - though when it does work it's stunning.

LG 47LA860W review

Once you've linked a PC or Mac, it appears on the LG 47LA860W's core inputs list, too, which is smart indeed, greying out dead inputs and putting them at the back of the carousel.

However, there are foibles with the inputs; stop a digital video file during playback and the LG 47LA860W defaults to another live input (TV or Blu-ray), which is a pain to navigate back from.

We do, however, have one huge complaint about the LG user interface; the electronic programme guide (EPG). Fetching it from the list of widgets is a long-winded process, but once loaded it instantly kills live TV pictures and sound. It's archaic.

LG 47LA860W review

Voice control is only available for searching within SmartShare. Here, pressing the microphone button on the remote and saying something like "football" produces a list of content found within catch-up apps, on YouTube and online. Commands to operate the TV are wisely ignored, with voice search purely designed to avoid long-winded text search.

It's sensitive enough; in our test the LG 47LA860W understood "Prometheus" and found us a trailer for thePrometheus movie on the YouTube website, which it played full-screen without needing to launch the dedicated app.

Unlike similar engines, LG lets you know which app or on-demand service a particular video or movie is hosted on, which is a lot more useful than, say, Samsung's otherwise similar S Recommendation service. Who needs Google TV?

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
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand694 mm
Width with Stand1059 mm
Depth with Stand269 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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.


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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)17.20 kg