LG 47LE8900 review

Direct LED lighting meets a decent price, solid multimedia features and a Freeview HD tuner to very desirable effect

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Direct LED technology scores another palpable hit in the form of the 47LE8900's picture quality. In fact, with no crosstalk-afflicted 3D pictures to dilute our enthusiasm, we're left feeling pretty confident that the 47LE8900 produces the most consistently excellent pictures LG has ever produced on a TV.

The most immediately striking thing is the phenomenal amount of profundity at your disposal. The screen's bezel is itself jet black, yet the picture can look almost as black when required – a classic sign of exactly what direct LED lighting is capable.

Admittedly, this extreme black level does come at the cost of a little shadow detail versus what the best plasma TVs might reproduce. But this is a sacrifice most people won't mind making for the vast majority of the time, especially when comparing the inkiness of the 47LE8900's dark scenes with the milky clouding so often evident when watching the same material on CCFL or edge-lit LED LCD TVs.

The local dimming element of the 47LE8900 ensures, moreover, that the superb black level response doesn't have to come at the expense of brightness in the same way it would have to with edge LED and CCFL LCD TVs. In fact, the purity and brightness with which light objects appear against otherwise dark backdrops is really quite outstanding, and makes it surprisingly easy to see how LG might have managed to somehow conjure up that 9,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The 47LE8900 capitalises on its terrific contrast performance, moreover, with an excellent colour palette. Richly coloured material is punchy and dramatic without becoming overblown or cartoonish and without losing subtlety when it comes to portraying the fine colour blends so important to helping pictures achieve a sense of solidity and depth.

It's arguably with more natural, darker colours where the 47LE8900 makes its direct LED technology count the most though, reproducing them, especially using the THX preset, with an accuracy that makes dark scenes look exceptionally cinematic.

The THX preset possibly makes HD images look fractionally softer than some viewers might like. But this doesn't mean the TV isn't capable of doing sharp if you prefer. In fact, its standard and game presets both bring out the texture and detail of high quality high-definition material with precisely that forensic precision some HD enthusiasts can't get enough of.

Things can start to look a touch noisy if you try to emphasise the sharpness too much, but you don't have to be a calibration expert to figure out how to adjust the TV until this noise goes again.

Given that we prefer not to bother with the 47LE8900's motion processing for the most part, it's a relief to find that the picture isn't badly softened by motion blur in its raw, unprocessed state. There's a little residual judder, but it's not distractingly bad, and many people will prefer this to uncanny silky smoothness.

While the 47LE8900 is an outstanding HD monitor, though, it's only a decent standard-definition one. Its upscaling circuitry doesn't seem as refined as that seen with some other brands - most notably Sony, Philips and Samsung (at least where these brands' high-end models are concerned). This means standard-def pictures can look a touch softer and noisier than we'd like. But not to a degree that stops them from being perfectly enjoyable.

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More good news finds the 47LE8900's picture reducing in quality surprisingly little when viewed from a wide angle. Contrast and colour saturations both hold up well, and provided you've not got the set's backlight set too high, there's not even much increased trouble with the light haloing effect that's usually seen with direct LED TVs when viewed from an angle.

Our only gripe with the 47LE8900's pictures, in fact, aside from the unspectacular standard-def upscaling, is that there seems a little more input lag around than console gamers might like, especially if they play online a lot.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyINFINIA LE8900
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)31.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption91.80 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio9,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand768.30 mm
Width with Stand1122.60 mm
Depth with Stand275 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height707.3 mm
Width1122.6 mm
Depth34.5 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesLE8900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Sleep Timer, Child Lock, Channel Labeling, Auto-off, Auto Power On, Teletext
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LE8900
Product NameINFINA 47LE8900 LED-LCD TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number47LE8900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG Full LED LE8900 series provides sublime picture quality with a stunning ultra slim single layer design. The LE8900 series has LED lights behind the TV allowing for better quality whilst not sacrificing on the depth of the TV (under 3.5cm). Freeview HD, TruMotion 200Hz as well as access to your favourite internet content like youtube will make this TV from LG the centre piece of your home entertainment experience.

Package Contents
  • Component Gender Cable
  • AV Gender Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • AAA Batteries
  • Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials CD
  • Cable Holder
  • Remote Control
  • Cleansing Cloth
  • 8 x (M4 x 20) Screws
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)26.95 kg