LG 50PK790 review

LG's 2010 range kicks off in mostly fine fettle with this respectable 50" Freeview HD plasma TV

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Our Verdict

Plasma has not kicked the bucket quite yet - in fact this TV highlights plasma is a technology that will be around for a long time to come


  • High feature count
  • Attractive design
  • Many excellent picture points, Superb calibration flexibility


  • Black levels could be slightly better
  • Troubling image retention issues

Most people seem to think that 2010 will be the year of LCD/LED screen technology. But we're not so sure.

In fact, we reckon plasma's potential innate response time advantage when it comes to showing the latest generation of 3D images could see plasma enjoying something of a resurgence.

Not that the 50-inch LG 'Infinia' 50PK790 we're looking at here is 3D-enabled, we hasten to add!

But it is a brand new plasma TV, and a feature-heavy one at that - despite its reasonably aggressive price point. So it should at the very least provide a good indication of how big a part LG is likely to play in our predicted plasma renaissance.

Within the PK790 range you can also find the larger 60-inch model, the 60PK790, while above the PK790 range on the plasma side of things are the 60-inch 60PK990 and 50-inch 50PK990, which add a black-boosting extra filter to proceedings.

Then there's the 60PK590 and 50PK590 below the PK790 range, which aren't as stylish and ditch the online functionality.

LG also has an extensive range of LCD TVs of all sizes, as well as the LE5900 and LE7900 edge LED series, and the extremely interesting-looking LX9900 and LE8900 direct LED sets with their extremely slender bezels.


Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyPK790
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Weight with Stand (Approximate)34.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption181 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand801 mm
Width with Stand1184 mm
Depth with Stand294.50 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height738.5 mm
Width1184 mm
Depth52.4 mm
Brightness1500 cd/m²
Product SeriesPK790
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPC Streaming, Web Content Access, Media Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PK790
Product Name50PK790 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part Number50PK790
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG PK790 Plasma TV series provides superb picture quality with a stunning single layer design. Convert your living room to a sports stadium or cinema with this large experience perfect for watching sport and movies in crystal clear picture quality. The PK7 is not only Full HD 1080p with LG 600Hz technology but also gives you access to your favourite internet content such as youtube with LG NetCast technology. Add freeview HD built in for 5 times picture quality improvement over standard definition freeview - the PK7 Series will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)29.90 kg