LG 55LW650T review

A new 55-inch LG passive 3D TV let down only by an inconsistent backlight

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  • Good online features
  • Flicker-free, bright 3D images
  • Good set-up flexibility
  • Often impressive 2D pictures


  • Passive 3D pictures not as or sharp as active shutter
  • Some line structure issues
  • High input lag damages gaming
  • Serious backlight consistency problems

This 3D format war is well and truly on, with extravagant claims, outraged counterclaims, legal threats and even a bit of swearing. Somewhere in the middle of all the posturing, the 3D TVs at the heart of this impassioned conflict are starting to arrive.

In the active 3D corner there have been very positive reviews of Samsung's 55-inch UE55D8000, 46-inch UE46D7000 and Panasonic's TX-L32DT30B and TX-P50GT30B, while in the passive camp LG earned a rave write-up for its 47LW550T.

So hopes have to be high that the 55LW650T – a step up the range from the 47LW550T – will continue the run of good, competitive form.

As its name suggests, the 55LW650T has a 55-inch screen. Which means it should reveal with even more clarity all the various potential strengths and weakness of LG's preference for the passive 3D format.

After all, as well as being bigger, the 55LW650T also outguns the 47LW550T in the contrast department (9,000,000:1 versus 8,000,000:1), the motion handling department (it's got 200Hz compared to the LW550T's 100Hz) and on response time (2.0ms against 2.4ms).

The 55LW650T is also distinguished by its carriage of LG's rather swanky new Smart TV system, edge LED lighting with 'spot control' and all manner of multimedia file playback options. If the 55-inch model is too big for you, it's also available in 42-inch (the 42LW650T) and 47-inch (47LW650T) variations.

If you fancy a significantly cheaper slice of LG's passive 3D action, you'll need to step down to the LW450U series, though you should bear in mind that this only has 100Hz, rather than 200Hz processing and doesn't carry any Smart TV functions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLW6
3D Type3D
Brand NameLG
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption95 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio9,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand851 mm
Width with Stand1297 mm
Depth with Stand341 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyTruMotion 200Hz
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height785 mm
Width1297 mm
Depth29.9 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Product SeriesLW6
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Channel Labeling, Child Lock
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model55LW650T
Product Name55LW650T LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number55LW650T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

55" Cinema 3D LED TV with Smart TV, freeview HD and 850Hz (MCI)
Welcome to the Next Generation 3D TV from LG. The LW6 Cinema 3D Smart TV series provides the ultimate in-home entertainment to share with your family and friends by bringing the cinema 3D experience home. The LW6 series also offers Smart TV with 850Hz (MCI) - so you can watch the best of the internet on the big screen and access all your favourite entertainment from multiple devices from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Package Contents
  • 55LW650T LED-LCD TV
  • 7 x Pairs of Glasses
Response Time2 ms
Weight (Approximate)22 kg