LG 42PW450T review

A bargain 42-inch HD-ready plasma TV that scores well with Blu-ray but not 3D

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LG 42pw450t

What the LG 42PW450T lacks in terms of resolution it more than makes up for with its plethora of picture and sound adjustments.

Motion judder is dealt with by 600Hz sub-field drive processing, a common feature these days on plasma TVs but not one that always delivers the goods as smoothly as it promises.

There's a decent array of picture modes on the LG 42PW450T, including two Expert modes and regular presets for Sport, Cinema, Gaming, Energy-saving and Standard use. All modes allow user adjustment to some extent, with plenty of parameters to play with including colour temperature, noise reduction, gamma levels, dynamic contrast, dynamic colour, colour gamut and edge enhancer.

The presence of so many enthusiast-level features seems a little strange on a non-full HD panel, and many users will be wary of delving into the screen's sub-menu universe, but all modes have a handy reset button and significant improvements can be yielded with just a small amount of tinkering.

Energy saving is a major concern in the consumer electronics sector and the LG 42PW450T duly plays its part, with a dedicated eco mode and button on the remote that lets you quickly reduce the brightness. An attractive fuel gauge-style graphic pops up to show you how ecologically in tune your viewing is.

Included with the LG 42PW450T is one pair of LG's latest active shutter spectacles for watching 3D. Easily the most stylish 3D glasses on the market, they're light and comfortable, and can be charged using the supplied micro USB-USB cable. It still rankles with us, however, that there's no universal standard for active specs, making supplementary pairs an expensive extra.

Switching to 3D has to be done manually as there's no auto-recognition, but at least the screen has every type of 3D source covered, and for those who like an unsatisfying 3D experience, its capabilities extend to converting from two to three dimensions.

Networking and multimedia aren't really the LG 42PW450T's bag but it does boast ethernet and USB sockets, and is capable of playing back most common movie, photo and music file types.

Connectivity-wise, there are no surprises. There are three HDMIs, one of which faces the side, along with a CI slot and the USB input. It's good to see a digital optical output for piping Dolby Digital sound to an amp when watching Freeview HD.