LG 55LW980T review

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

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LG 55lw980t

LG clearly wants to send out a message with its 55LW980T. And that message is that if anyone still clings on to a belief that the Korean brand is only interested in the budget end of the market, they're very sorely mistaken.

Basically the LG 55LW980T reads like a bucket list of stuff a modern home entertainment enthusiast would want from a TV. Its direct LED illumination system, for a start, has long been associated with the quality end of the LCD world, even though it's deemed too expensive to use by many brands.

It's also a very attractively and gorgeously built TV, and comes packed with connections and multimedia ambitions that include a feature-packed online Smart TV platform, and playback of most types of video, photo and music files from DLNA PCs or USB flash drives.

Also on board is LG's most high-powered video engine to date, and the set is extremely easy to use, considering it's got so many features.

The best thing about the LG 55LW980T, though, is that it doesn't just talk a good talk. It actually delivers on most of its promises, with outstanding picture quality (provided you take care with its backlight and local dimming settings) and punchy sound.

The LG 55LW980T isn't cheap, but it's got so much going on and delivers so much quality that it appears to be worth every penny.

We liked

The LG 55LW980T looks every inch a flagship TV model with its svelte but well-built bodywork. It's got all the connections you'll need, too, and delivers a feast of multimedia functionality - including a much-improved Smart TV platform.

Its picture quality is terrific for the most part too, with good contrast, colours, motion reproduction and sharpness. Perhaps most importantly, it makes another fine case for LG's passive 3D technology.

We disliked

The set's native black level response is surprisingly average, but thankfully you can fix this via the local dimming system without causing haloing artefacts.

The screen is a bit reflective too, and the Smart TV services are sluggish. The passive 3D pictures lose a little resolution and can reveal signs of the filter on the screen. The screen's input lag is too high for gaming comfort, too.

Final verdict

AV enthusiasts have been on tenterhooks for months to see how LG's new flagship Nano LCD TVs would turn out. So it's a relief to be able to report that they most definitely deliver the goods, combining great design with an uncompromising feature list and, best of all, some really terrific picture and sound quality.

It's a real shame gamers might have to shun the TV on account of its input lag, but aside from this the LG 55LW980T is comfortably the best TV LG has ever made.

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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand831 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand284.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)23.80 kg