LG 50PZ950T review

LG's 50-inch flagship 3D plasma TV boasts a huge online service and active 3D

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  • Attractive and robust design
  • Solid active 3D performance
  • Excellent multimedia tools


  • Traces of 3D crosstalk noise
  • Sluggish online OS
  • Surprisingly average black levels
  • Excessive input lag

LG has been so aggressive about promoting its new passive 3D TV technology this year that you'd be forgiven for thinking the brand no longer made any active 3D TVs. But actually, active 3D is still alive and well on the plasma side of LG's TV range, thanks to LG's belief that plasma screens aren't bright enough to work with the filter that has to go across the front of passive 3D TVs.

The 50PZ950T we tested is LG's 50-inch flagship 3D plasma TV. This is reflected in its design, as it enjoys LG's very attractive Infinia/Razor Frame styling, complete with a single-layer finish over both its bezel and its screen. In fact, the glass top sheet extends fractionally beyond the TV's edges, which adds style from the front as well as exaggerating the TV's impressively slim profile (by plasma standards).

Another flagship feature is the inclusion of a black filter within the screen's structure to boost contrast. Plus you get not one but two remotes with the TV: one standard one and one Magic one that's kind of like a WiiMote for your TV.

The LG 50PZ950T is also equipped with the latest version of LG's Smart TV online service, complete with a number of new services that are helping it to become a real rival to the online offerings of previous connected TV leaders Samsung and Sony.

Add to the mix DLNA support, a built-in Freeview HD tuner, extensive multimedia playback from USB, plus Wi-Fi via an included USB dongle, and the LG 50PZ950T has the potential to be quite a bargain given its £1,100 price tag.

The only other model in LG's PZ950 range is the 60-inch 60PZ950.

If you can live without the built-in Wi-Fi and TruBlack filter, then you can step down to the PZ570 series. Or if you're looking for something that uses LG's passive 3D technology, the equivalent LCD range would likely be LG's LW650 series.

LG's most budget 3D plasmas are the PW450T series, but these suffer quite seriously with crosstalk.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyINFINIA PZ950
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Wireless LANYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)32.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption178 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand786.60 mm
Width with Stand1175.20 mm
Depth with Stand317.20 mm
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height720.6 mm
Width1175.2 mm
Depth49.6 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesPZ950
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Channel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model50PZ950T
Product NameINFINIA 50PZ950T Plasma TV
Product LineINFINIA
Manufacturer Part Number50PZ950T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

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

The PZ950 3D Smart TV series is LGs flagship Plasma TV with sublime picture quality and stunning Infinia design. Bring the magic of 3D home and 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 PZ950 is not only Full HD 1080p with LG 600Hz technology but also offers Smart TV to give you access to the best of the internet on the big screen thanks to LG Smart TV. Add freeview HD built in and the PZ9 Infinia Series will take your home entertainment to a whole new level.

Package Contents
  • INFINIA 50PZ950T Plasma TV
  • 1 x Pair of Active Shutter Glasses
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
  • Remote Control
Weight (Approximate)28.90 kg