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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Is this the best-looking TV around? Possibly, and it looks good on paper, too, with a bevy of features including a pointer-style remote and a second screen app. It's also one of the easiest TVs to use.

However, judged on picture quality alone it sinks to slightly below our expectations, which could dissuade those looking for a flagship TV.

We liked

SmartShare and Plex are quite brilliant, since no other TV treats external devices and digital files with such ease or polish. The user interface in general is the best around, and one of the quickest - there's always one more great feature to explore. One of those is the LG TV Remote app, which acts as a fabulous second screen.

Kudos to the Magic Remote, too, for making a web browser on a TV finally usable, and for the ISF modes that provide a great out-of-box picture. Picture-wise, the LG 47LA860W's detail, motion clarity and SD upscaling are hard to argue with.

We disliked

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The Magic Remote just isn't reliable enough for a solo gig, while the Universal Control didn't work for our AV gear. The lack of buttons on the Magic Remote also means that it's necessary to keep visiting the full-screen smart TV page to make adjustments, which adds an extra step.

We're also left feeling underwhelmed by the EPG. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly for anyone looking for a big TV for a home cinema, the LG 47LA860W just doesn't have enough in the way of convincing black levels and contrast to compete with the best of the rest.

Final verdict

The LG 47LA860W is best thought of as a massively impressive TV for a living room. It doesn't have the characteristics demanded of a great home cinema, but most other kinds of users will love both its looks and its fabulous best-in-class user interface.

Downloaders and those of you wanting to network other devices with the TV will love Plex and SmartShare, which together create a peerless networking experience. OK, so it's a few apps down on some smart TVs, but the way the apps and widgets here are presented is clean, quick and easily navigated. However, we do have a query over the Magic Remote, which isn't always reliable.

Also consider

Before taking the plunge it's only right that you consider a few other flagship TVs that offer different strengths. If you're after more catch-up TV apps, the Samsung UE46F8000 at £1,800 has the finest app selection around, as well as (failing) gesture control, while the Panasonic TX-L47DT65B at £1,400 offers the finest in smart TV - My Home Screen - as well as a second screen smartphone app to rival this LG 47LA860W.

Still, the LG 47LA860W has the edge on both of those TVs in terms of user interface, but not pictures. Both of those rival TV sets manage better blacks, though the finest picture exponent so far in 2013 is Sony's W9 Series. The 46-inch version, the Sony KDL-46W905A is worth a look at £1,500.

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