LG 47LW550T review

LG's new 47-inch 3D LED screen makes a convincing argument for passive 3D

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  • Impressive Smart TV functions
  • Excellent contrast level
  • Extensive picture adjustments
  • Fuss-free 3D implementation
  • Audio performance


  • Crosstalk evident with some 3D material
  • Overall design could be improved
  • Passive 3D brings a drop in resolution

LG is unique in the UK TV market by offering both active and passive 3D sets. The 47LW550T is one of the latter, dubbed Cinema 3D by the Korean brand to help confused consumers realise that it shares the same glasses technology that they've become used to at their local multiplex.

The 47LW550T arrives on retailers' shelves against a backdrop of a bitter active versus passive argument between LG and its rival Samsung, with the latter at pains to point out that the former's Cinema 3D technology cannot display a full HD 3D image. And that's true, because the 47LW550T's screen-mounted polarising filter sends one half of the 1,920 x 1080 Blu-ray image to one eye and the other half to the other. It's what impact that has on picture quality that's important.

First, though, some background info. The 47LW550TT is a 47-inch edge LED-lit set – part of LG's new 2011 range – and is also available in 32-inch, 42-inch and 47-inch guises.

Its living room appeal is helped by a slender design and blue-tinted gloss black bezel, but the frame around the screen is rather wide, meaning the 47LW550TT isn't as eye-catching as Samsung's rival D7000 range.

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 FamilyLW5
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption84.80 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio8,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand746 mm
Width with Stand1121 mm
Depth with Stand256 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height678 mm
Width1121 mm
Depth23.5 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLW5
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program, Auto-off, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model47LW550T
Product Name47LW550T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number47LW550T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Welcome to the Next Generation 3D TV from LG. The LW5 Cinema 3D Smart TV series provides the ultimate in-home entertainment to share with your family and friends by bringing the cinema 3D experience home. The LW5 series is available in a variety of screen sizes all with Smart TV - so you can watch the best of the internet on the big screen and access all your favorite media from multiple devices from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Package Contents
  • 47LW550T LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 'AAA' Batteries
  • Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials CD
  • Owner's Manual
  • 8 x (M4 x 12) Screws
  • 3D Glasses
  • Composite Gender Cable
  • Component Gender Cable
  • SCART Gender Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)18.40 kg