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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Sound quality

While it's not totally impossible to get great sound out of a very slim TV, it's certainly pretty tricky. And LG has only had a fairly half-hearted stab at solving the problem, delivering a credible and detailed treble end to the spectrum, but struggling to produce an open mid-range and more or less totally failing to produce a convincing sense of bass during bombastic action film moments.

Ease of use

LG's onscreen menu system is one of the best around at the moment. It uses bold, colourful icons as your main point of entry and presents the reams of sub-options in extremely clear text. Some of the options are a little technical, but they're all covered adequately well in the instruction manual.

The remote control is effective, too. It's not particularly glamorous, but its layout is simple and intuitive.
A slight bum note to the set's ease of use is the electronic programme guide it employs to help you navigate through Freeview HD channels.

For a start, unlike most EPGs now, the one on the 47LE8900 doesn't have a small version of the picture you were watching playing in a corner while you browse. But worse is the excessively large fonts the system uses. For while this obviously makes the EPG easy to read, it also severely limits the amount of information that can be shown on screen at once, making browsing a frustratingly long-winded exercise.

Still, provided you're usually pretty good at knowing exactly what you want to watch and when you want to watch it, and so won't have to over-use the EPG, the 47LE8900 is pretty much exemplary from an ergonomic perspective.


When you consider how much Sony and Philips are fond of asking you for when it comes to their direct LED solutions, the 47LE8900 looks like a bona fide bargain, despite its limited online options and lack of 3D support.
However, before we fall over ourselves to give the LG a glowing endorsement for value, we also have to bear in mind that you can get hold of Panasonic's superb 46in TX-P46G20 plasma for around £1,250.

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