LG 50PW450 review

A keenly priced plasma that is fatally undermined by truly dreadful 3D performance

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  • Aggressive price for a 50-inch 3D TV
  • Decent HD 2D pictures
  • Good calibration tools
  • Exceptional build quality


  • Awful 3D pictures
  • Average standard-def performance
  • General picture noise

LG's 50PW450T is a remarkably affordable, 50-inch plasma TV with active shutter 3D technology. Its eye-popping value credentials are underlined by a built-in 3D transmitter and the fact that it ships with a pair of 3D specs, putting plenty of its more expensive rivals to shame.

The 50PW450 also squeezes in a Freeview HD tuner and a USB port capable of playing back photo, music and video files. DLNA streaming is not supported, though, and there is no online capability beyond whatever may be possible with the Freeview HD tuner in the future.

The 50PW450T's resolution is 1,024 x 768 pixels, meanwhile, which makes it merely HD ready, rather than full HD.

If 50 inches is too large for you, LG also makes a 42-inch version, the 42PW450T. If you'd rather step up to a 3D LG plasma with a full HD native resolution, you're looking at the PZ250T range, while if you want to add THX 3D certification you need to go up further to the PZ550 series.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyPW4
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption152 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand770.80 mm
Width with Stand1168.40 mm
Depth with Stand289.40 mm
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height711.3 mm
Width1168.4 mm
Depth52.5 mm
ColourBlack, Titan Silver
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesPW4
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Media Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PW450T
Product Name50PW450T Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part Number50PW450T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

50" HD Ready 3D Plasma TV with freeview HD and 600Hz

The PW4 3D Ready TV series provides stunning stunning picture quality with a stunning razor frame design. Bring the magic of 3D Home and convert your living room to a sports stadium or cinema thanks to its crystal clear picture quality. The PW4 series is HD Ready with built-in freeview HD and 600Hz technology to provide a superb viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • 50PW450T Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair of Active Shutter Glasses
Weight (Approximate)27.20 kg