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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Without any controversial and expensive 3D baggage to potentially hold it back, LG's highly specified 47LE8900 direct LED TV arrives full of promise. It sets a great first tone too, thanks to its minimalist, classy and surprisingly slim chassis.

It doesn't take long to uncover all the connections most people could ever wish for, including a cornucopia of multimedia bits and bobs including DivX HD playback from USB. LG's NetCast online system turns out to be rather impoverished versus rival platforms, but the content level is likely to be increased in the coming months.

The 47LE8900's star turn, though, is its picture quality. It uses its direct LED technology to great effect, producing a truly exceptional contrast performance together with rich but natural colours and plenty of sharpness and detail during HD viewing.

Throw in some excellent calibration tools and good motion handling and the only things taking even a little gloss off the 47LE8900's startlingly good performance are average sonics and some gentle input lag.

We liked:

The thing we like the most about the 47LE8900 is its terrific picture quality. This enjoys all the benefits we're now becoming familiar with where direct LED technology is used, yet manages to suppress the usual direct LED haloing weakness.

The set also looks chic and is impressively slim for a direct LED set, and it enjoys arguably the most comprehensive suite of calibration aids in the TV world. Its multimedia talents are mostly good, too.

We disliked:

The local dimming technology can hide shadow details a little during very dark scenes, and the set's standard-definition upscaling isn't anything special. Also, as with most slim TVs the 47LE8900's sound quality is nothing to write home about.


Considering that LG used pretty much the same picture engine inside its previously reviewed 55LX9900 TV, which we only gave an overall mark of four to, it might seem perverse that we have no hesitation in giving the less well-specified 47LE8900 a five-star recommendation.

But there are two reasons for our enthusiasm. First, the 47LE8900 is much cheaper than the LX9900 range, actually looking very affordable by current direct LED/local dimming standards. Even more importantly, since it doesn't have 3D on board, the 47LE8900 doesn't have the crosstalk noise issue with 3D on the LX9900 models.

Being able to focus solely on its 2D quality and cheaper price point means we can find precious little negative to say about the 47LE8900, leaving us feeling confident that it's LG's finest TV yet.

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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