LG 50PK990 review

Flagship full HD plasma packs-in a Freeview HD and some cracking pictures

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  • Unique design
  • User-friendly interface
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • DivX HD playback from USB


  • Contrast needs improvement
  • High price
  • Average audio

Although big TVs are still lazily called plasmas by the mass media and Great British Public alike, LED is fast piling on the sales.

Key to that tech's success is its innate slimness, but the 50PK990 - LG's flagship plasma TV - seeks to regain some ground by squeezing a Freeview HD tuner into a superbly designed frame that's just 52mm deep.

There are few TVs this starkly simple; the screen surround is hidden behind the TV's glass, giving an all-in-one look that's tinged with blue on all sides.

Even the desktop stand shows invention; a transparent neck cleverly soaks-up the blue light around it, to stunning effect.

LG calls this the 'Infinia' design – the 50PK990 is part of the Korean company's new Infinia sub-brand, designed to signify that these are the high-end screens in its bulging collections of flat TVs for 2010 (over 50 at the last count).

Quite how LG's engineers have achieved such aesthetic opulence (which comes complete with touch-sensitive, yet invisible controls along the bottom of the screen) is unclear, because alongside that Freeview HD tuner is a host of extras and add-ons that serve to make this 50-inch plasma surely one of the most advanced around.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyINFINIA
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Weight with Stand (Approximate)34.80 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption181 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand804.50 mm
Width with Stand1190 mm
Depth with Stand294.50 mm
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height737 mm
Width1190 mm
Depth52.4 mm
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PK990
Product NameINFINIA 50PK990 Plasma TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number50PK990
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG PK990 Infinia series is LGs flagship Plasma TV with sublime picture quality and stunning single layer Infinia 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.

Weight (Approximate)30.20 kg