LG 55LW980T review

Does LG's 55-inch flagship LCD TV live up to the hype?

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  • Gorgeous design
  • Mostly brilliant 2D and 3D pictures
  • Excellent multimedia tools
  • Ships with seven pairs of 3D glasses


  • Minor resolution loss with 3D Blu-rays
  • Visible signs of the 3D filter
  • Black levels a touch troublesome
  • Rather reflective screen
  • Input lag isn't great

So here it is at last. After a seemingly interminable wait, the new flagship model in LG's LCD TV range, the Nano 55LW980T, is finally here, bringing with it a massive feature count and, hopefully, LG's best flat TV picture quality ever.

The most exciting thing about the LG 55LW980T is its use of direct LED lighting, where the LED clusters sit behind the panel, rather than the much more common edge LED lighting system. Although more expensive, the direct LED approach enables TV manufacturers to have much greater control over local luminance levels in their TVs' pictures, which experience has shown consistently results in much better picture quality.

The LG 55LW980T has plenty of other neat tricks in its feature locker, too. It's got LG's passive 3D TV technology for a start, complete with no less than seven pairs of 3D glasses thrown in for free. Plus it's got a truly extensive suite of multimedia tools, including playback of video, music and photo files from USB devices or networked, DLNA-capable PCs.

The LG 55LW980T can access LG's rapidly expanding Smart TV online platform via LAN internet or integrated Wi-Fi, and boasts a new 'number' in the ever-escalating war of TV specs: MCI 1000. The MCI bit of this spec stands for Motion Clarity Index, revealing that the 1000 bit is essentially LG claiming that the 55LW980T delivers a 1000Hz-like effect. This is thanks to a combination of the screen's high native refresh rate, a scanning backlight, and motion interpolation processing.

While such spec sheet numbers always need to be treated with healthy suspicion, though, it's useful in this case if only because it indicates that the 55LW980T enjoys LG's most advanced suite of image quality tools to date.

Joining the 55-inch model in LG's LW980T range is the 47-inch 47LW980T.

If you can't quite run to the LW980T's premium pricing you can step down to LG's LW650T models, such as the LG 55LW650T. The TVs in this range use edge LED lighting rather than direct LED lighting, and carry an MCI 850 engine rather than an MCI 1000 engine.

If you prefer plasma technology and active 3D playback, LG's got you covered with its PZ950T range. Right now, though, there's a lot to get through with the LG 55LW980T, so let's get down to business.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLW980T
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameLG
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ErP
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29 kg
Backlight TechnologyNANO Full LED
Operating Power Consumption157.81 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio10,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand831 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand284.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height760 mm
Width1265 mm
Depth27.5 mm
ColourBlue, Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLW980T
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Web Browser
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model55LW980T
Product Name55LW980T Television
Manufacturer Part Number55LW980T
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

55" CINEMA 3D Smart TV with Nano Full LED, freeview HD, 7 pairs of 3D Glasses, built in Wi-Fi and Magic Remote included
Welcome to the Next Generation TV from LG. The flagship LW980T CINEMA 3D Smart TV series provides the ultimate in home entertainment with the finest picture quality with NANO FULL LED technology. The LW9 series offers the best of 2D, 3D and Smart TV and comes complete with 7 pairs of 3D glasses, built-in WI-FI and a Magic Motion Remote Control. CINEMA 3D is the Next Generation 3D with the most comfortable viewing experience to share with your friends and family. Prepare yourself to be entertained.

Package Contents
  • 55LW980T Television
  • Remote Control
  • 7 x Pairs of 3D Glasses
Weight (Approximate)23.80 kg