LG 50PK990 review

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

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LG 50pk990

A full HD resolution is backed-up by four HDMI inputs, including one on a side panel that also stores two USB 2.0 slots.

On the rear is an Ethernet port that allows the LG 50PK990 to make use of your broadband home network on two fronts; DLNA networking to stream files from a PC, and LG's own Netcast TV portal, which for the moment includes access to YouTube, Accu Weather, and the Picasa photo storage site.

Place the TV some way from a broadband router and you've got a problem, so LG supplies a USB Wi-Fi dongle – hence that second USB port – though LG's concentration on convenience elsewhere should really mean a built-in Wi-Fi module.

Away from this online frippery there's the serious business of picture quality, and it seems LG has made some progress.

Its TruBlack filter claims to achieve 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio – a high figure indeed – by preventing ambient light from entering the panel, while its 600Hz ability should prevent any blur, though high-end plasmas haven't suffered from that problem for yonks.

The icing on the cake is Bluetooth; forget the opportunity to send pictures from a phone – the chance to use wireless headphones is, we think, a genuinely good idea. Few big-screen TVs even have a standard headphones jack.

There's really only one feature lacking on the 50PK990, and that's 3D compatibility – for that, check out LG's 47-inch 47LX9900 or 55-inch 55LX9900, both full LED sets, which have an otherwise identical feature count.

LG 50pk990

Lastly, it's worth mentioning that the 50PK990 has two remote controls. One is a sleek, gloss black remote that contains over-sized buttons and the usual 'clickwheel' design for whizzing through menus.

It's actually too long; it's impossible to reach the top buttons with your thumb if you're holding it comfortably. Despite that, the remote is backlit – very useful given the 50PK990's suitability for a home cinema – and the buttons are clearly signposted, and soft to the touch.

More basic controls are available on a second remote. About half the size, it contains volume controls, channel hoppers, an input swapper and a few menu shortcuts.

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