LG 50PW450 review

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

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LG 50pw450

The 50PW450T's combination of 3D playback, 50-inch screen and £900 price tag is certainly eye-catching.

Its ISF endorsement, multimedia support and 2D performance are also attractive, but 3D pictures are ruined by a level of crosstalk interference that is shocking for a plasma TV.

The 50PW450T can't even make a case for itself as a budget big-screen gaming monitor on account of its hefty input lag and only deserves consideration on its 2D merits alone.

We liked

The 50PW450T's price looks remarkably low for a 50-inch active 3D TV and build quality is exemplary. The range of picture tweaks is remarkable for a budget set and contrast, sharpness and colour performance is better than expected, at least when watching HD.

We disliked

The screen isn't full HD and it sometimes shows. Standard-def pictures tend to look pretty unsophisticated too and the lack of any online capability is a pity, if hardly a surprise. Input lag makes it a problematic gaming screen, but everything else pales into insignificance beside the awfulness of its 3D pictures.

Final verdict

The 50PW450T might have brought 3D to the masses but, sadly, the only thing it's likely to achieve in 3D terms is putting an already sceptical public off the whole idea.

The 50PW450T's 2D performance is a little rudimentary but ultimately enjoyable, at least with HD sources, but its input lag ruins any gaming monitor potential.

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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