LG 50PX990 review

Stylish, competent and delightfully user-friendly 3D plasma

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LG 50px990

With plasma setting the 3D pace ahead of LCD so far, LG's debut 3D plasma TV arrived carrying plenty of expectation. The 50PX990 sets about trying to live up to those hopes right away, with a really chic design, especially if you use the provided desktop stand with its illuminated, transparent 'neck'.

It's also extremely well connected, with plenty of multimedia chops at its disposal and in now typical LG style it keeps the tinkerers happy with an ISF-backed suite of picture adjustments.

Many things about its pictures are good. Three-dimensional stuff is much less affected by crosstalk noise than LG's alternate frame 3D TVs and looks brighter and more colourful than Panasonic's 3D sets. HD images are sharp and dynamic and black levels are very good, if not quite equal to the very best.

On the downside, there's a little image retention, NetCast is off the pace compared to rival online systems, colours sometimes look a touch off when watching standard-definition material, and there's still more crosstalk during 3D viewing than you get with Panasonic's plasmas.

We liked

The set is very pretty and delivers 3D pictures with less crosstalk noise than you get with LCD alternate frame 3D sets. Multimedia flexibility is mostly impressive and high-definition 2D pictures combine good contrast with rich colours and plenty of sharpness.

We disliked

NetCast is currently so low in content it's hardly worth bothering with. Also, while there's less crosstalk than with LCD TVs, there's still room for further improvement, colours sometimes look slightly off, and there's a bit of image retention, especially when you first turn the TV on.

Final verdict

The 50PX990 isn't perfect, still displaying a few of the problems with image retention and occasionally off colour tones that have plagued all of LG's 2010 plasma TVs.

However, when it's firing on all cylinders – predominantly with high-quality HD sources and, impressively, with 3D – it is a fine, very user-friendly TV.

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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 PX990
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
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
3D TechnologyShutter
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height737 mm
Width1190 mm
Depth52.4 mm
Product SeriesPX990
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PX990
Product NameINFINIA 50PX990 Plasma TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number50PX990
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG PX990 3D TV Infinia series is LGs flagship 3D Ready 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. The PX990 is among the first 3D Ready TVs certified by THX 3D and also offers 2D to 3D converting technology to transform your regular 2D viewing into an immersive 3D home entertainment experience.

Package Contents
  • INFINIA 50PX990 Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair 3D Glasses (Active Shutter)
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
Weight (Approximate)30.20 kg