LG 50PK790 review

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

TODO alt text

lg 50pk790 remote control

Considering how slender it is, the 50PK790's audio performance can be considered a reasonable success.

As we'd expect, bass is rather limited and compressed. But crucially the mid-range is open enough to leave action scenes sounding acceptably dynamic without overwhelming dialogue and audio detailing.

The speakers remained free of buzzing distortion at any kind of volume below painful, too.


Although the 50PK790 doesn't look particularly cheap against some of the sub-£1k 50-inch models LG has managed in the past, it does enough with its design, features and in many ways picture performance to make its £1,300 price look pretty reasonable.

Ease of use

Thanks to an exceptionally well-designed, graphics-heavy on-screen interface and thoughtfully organised remote control, day-to-day use of the 50PK790 is a breeze.

In an ideal world LG might have a) tried to make the menus smaller or more transparent to make it easier to tweak picture settings, and b) made the remote control a bit more responsive. However, overall the system is still an impressive exercise in how to handle large quantities of options and features without causing the technophobic to blow a gasket.


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