Television makers are fond of telling us how 42-inch TVs are now just the entry level for flatscreen buyers, and how the bigger screens are fast becoming the norm, so by that thinking, the 47-inch LG 47LM760T is a mainstream set.

You could have fooled us; it's packed to the gunnels and highly priced, and proves an incredibly impressive all-rounder ripe for the age of both 3D and smart TV.

We liked

A fully integrated user interface that makes the smart TV and SmartShare streaming/connected device options part of normal TV operation is hugely welcome, as is an incredibly classy design.

We were also impressed by how cleanly presented DVDs were, how the LG 47LM760T handles 2D Blu-ray discs, and how an extra dollop of detail has been added to 3D - complete with loads of free 3D glasses. Best of all, Dual Play brings a great gaming dimension to 3D that's arguably more impressive that the depth effects.

We disliked

The Freeview HD electronic programme guide is poor indeed, and nor are we convinced by LG's selection on its app store. Picture-wise our only major concern is a little motion blur, but it's not serious enough to get in the way of an enjoyable image. Although upscaling is good, not much is done to improve the low bitrate channels on Freeview. But then, 47-inch screens rarely excel at that.

Final verdict

Improved passive 3D, seven pairs of 3D specs and a tempting Dual Play feature that banishes split-screen gaming are the highlights on this versatile and incredibly user-friendly Edge LED telly that puts smart TV services and streaming at its core.

Also consider

Selling for a tad less is LG's step-down 47LM670T, while further up the ladder is the 47LM960V.

Among the other brands, the Sony KDL-46HX853 takes LCD picture quality to a whole new level in terms of contrast and motion handling, while the super-slim Samsung UE46ES8000 is an option for those after the pinnacle of Active Shutter 3D performance on an Edge LED TV.

The Panasonic TX-L47DT50 and Panasonic TX-L47ET50B are also worth considering if Active Shutter 3D is your aim.