LG 47LM960V review

How does LG's 2012 Nano tech shape up?

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Given the success LG is enjoying with its mid-range TVs right now, there was every hope as we started testing it that the flagship 47LM960V was going to be some sort of TV masterpiece. Especially as it uses premium direct LED lighting.

It makes a mighty fine first impression, too, thanks to arguably the most stunning, borderless TV design LG - or anyone! - has created to date. The set is stuffed to bursting point with multimedia savviness too, especially when you get into its extremely content rich - and beautifully presented - Smart TV online system.

Its pictures don't disappoint during bright scenes either, thanks to some outstanding colour and brightness. Heck, it even sounds good, despite its stunning slimness.

All of which makes it crushingly disappointing that the 47LM960V doesn't deliver on the one picture element direct LED was really invented for: convincing black level response.

We liked

LG has pulled out all the stops with the 47LM960V's design, which is as pretty and 'science-defying' as anything we've ever seen. Its onscreen menus have been revamped in superb style too, and the inclusion of the Magic Remote provides a great alternative control system for technophobes. Bright scenes frequently look terrific on the TV too, and 3D images are both fun and satisfying. The 47LM960V even sounds good, thanks to its rear 'woofer'.

We disliked

As usual with passive 3D TVs, the 47LM960V can go from zero crosstalk to excessive crosstalk if you watch from even quite a slight angle above or below the screen. Side viewing angles are rather limited too. Gamers, meanwhile, will be troubled by the up to 100ms input lag the screen suffers with. By far the most troubling thing about the 47LM960V, though, is its inability to deliver dark scenes with anything like the sort of conviction you would expect to get with direct LED technology.

Final verdict

LG's designers deserve a serious bonus for the 47LM960V's looks. It's stunning. But it doesn't rely on looks alone to justify its flagship status.

For instance, it also serves up a spectacular combination of online Smart TV features, as well as multimedia playback from USB sticks or PCs/Macs. It's amazingly easy to use, too, given how many features it's got, thanks to its innovative remote controls and sumptuous onscreen menus.

Unfortunately, however, it falls at the picture hurdle, as its Nano technology fails to deliver dark scenes with anything like the authority we'd hope to see from a flagship TV - especially a direct LED one.

Also consider

There are precious few brands doing direct LED TVs right now. One that does, however, is Sony, with its HX923 range. However, while these sets generally produce superior pictures to those of the 47LM960V, they're let down by a flaw which causes shadowy vertical lines to appear around 1cm in from each of the TV's sides.

The other two closest rivals are actually both edge LED models. Samsung's UE46ES8000 is arguably even better in Smart TV terms than this LG, and it also looks great with its ultra-thin bezel. It needs care with its picture set up, though, and there are backlight consistency problems with 3D.

Panasonic's WT50 series, meanwhile, which we'll be reviewing here in the very near future, offers some excellent 2D and 3D picture quality, complete with an even backlight - though as with this LG, black levels could have been deeper. And Panasonic's online services aren't currently as rich or well presented as LGs.

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 FamilyLM960V
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, EU Flower, RoHS
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption114 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
Electronic Program Guide TypeTV Guide
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Height with Stand683.90 mm
Width with Stand1051.60 mm
Depth with Stand301.90 mm
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year166 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyTruMotion 400Hz
Height610.9 mm
Width1051.6 mm
Depth37.9 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesLM960V
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LM960V
Product NameFull LED Cinema 3D Smart TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LM960V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Whether you have an expansive home theater or a comfy living room, LG offers state-of-the-art televisions for every room in your house. For game days and movie nights, LG's plasma, LCD and an LED TVs deliver an incredible entertainment experience in the comfort of your home. LG also offers the innovative 84 inch UHD TV with double the resolution of a standard HD TVs and the stunning OLED TV with an infinite contrast ratio. Plus, with our Smart TVs and 3D TVs, you can connect to the internet or turn virtually any programming into a 3D experience.

Package Contents
  • Full LED Cinema 3D Smart TV
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
  • 2 x Dual Play
  • 1 x Clip-on
  • Magic Remote Control
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)15.30 kg