LG 37LE5900 review

Edge LED lighting in a 37-inch LCD TV for £700 can't be bad. Or can it?

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The 37LE5900 blasted into our test rooms with all guns blazing, packing a slim, sexy design and bags of features for a price that looked remarkably cheap for a TV using today's buzz technology, edge LED.

It also then did a good job of appealing to our inner geek by providing a startlingly extensive suite of picture adjustments - some of them really quite high-end in nature.

Less geeky members of the team were impressed too, though, by how exceptionally easy to use the TV is thanks to a superbly designed front-end.

But by the end of the review, though, the wheels had rather come off in comprehensive fashion. For while the 37LE5900's sound isn't bad, at least in the context of the super-slim TV world, its pictures are a real disappointment thanks to bland standard definition scaling and some of the most severe backlight inconsistency we've seen on an LCD TV to date.

We liked:

The edge LED tech in the 37LE5900 helps it really look the part, with its slim profile and sporty, red-tinged sculpting and finish. It's also better connected and featured than some TVs costing loads more, and can produce some decent picture quality with bright HD sources.

We disliked:

The set's black level response is a mess, thanks mostly to some overt patches of brightness inconsistency. Colours are a bit off-key at times, too, and the set's standard definition pictures are soft and fuzzy. Finally, LG's NetCast online platform is currently miles behind its rivals in terms of content.

Verdict:

We desperately wanted to like the 37LE5900. Everything about it seemed tailor-made to be a hit, from its lovely slender design through its hip edge LED lighting to its willingness to take on board our ever-growing multimedia needs.

But, unfortunately, our hopes came crashing down around our ears when we switched the TV on and clocked its various picture shortcomings, including a backlighting flaw that we ultimately found impossible to ignore and which regularly impaired our enjoyment of films and TV shows.

If this is what edge LED looks like on a budget, we'd rather save up for a few more months to get a more premium example of the technology.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyLE5900
Brand NameLG
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand630 mm
Width with Stand905 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height568 mm
Width905 mm
Depth39.9 mm
Product SeriesLE5900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model37LE5900
Product Name37LE5900 37" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number37LE5900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG LE5900 LED TV series provides Full HD 1080p picture quality with an ultra slim design perfect for hanging on the wall as well as having built in Freeview HD, TruMotion 100Hz and access to your favourite internet content like youtube you will be entertained for hours.

Response Time2.40 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12.80 kg