LG 47LX6900 review

LG release a 3D ready edge lit LCD TV at a bargain price, but have corners been cut?

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LG 47lx6900

The 47LX6900's 3D transmitter is contained within the TV's body, while a pair of LG's acceptably comfortable active shutter glasses is thrown in with the TV for free.

Clearly, it's unlikely that many people buying a 47LX6900 will watch 3D programmes on their own all the time, so families will have to factor in around £100 for each extra set of glasses they need. With this in mind, it's a pity LG couldn't see its way to including two pairs of glasses for free, as Philips and Panasonic do (though it's surely no coincidence that LG's arch rival, Samsung, also only gives away single pairs).

Other headline features include a full HD resolution, a Freeview HD tuner, 200Hz processing and LG's NetCast online platform.

The 200Hz system is in fact a 100Hz system working in conjunction with a scanning backlight. While this might seem rather misleading, it's not worth taking too much umbrage over, given the effectiveness such systems have shown in reducing motion blur and judder.

NetCast, on the other hand, is just plain disappointing: it only offers YouTube, the Picasa online photo album site and a basic weather forecasting system. LG is promising a much more content-heavy online service for 2011, but right now NetCast is a second-tier online operation compared to the services offered by some rival brands.

There's nothing second-tier about the connections, though. Four HDMIs, USB, a LAN port and a PC input mark this out as a TV that takes its multimedia duties seriously.

The LAN port can pipe in files from DLNA PCs as well as delivering NetCast and future interactive Freeview HD services, while the USBs are capable of playing MP3 music, JPEG photo and DivX HD video files.

A consistent strength of LG's recent TVs has been their tendency to go the extra mile to let you – or a professional TV installer – get down and dirty with fine-tuning picture tools. Switch on the 47LX6900's Expert mode, and some of the headline tools that open up to you include 10- or two-point gamma tweaking, contrast and brightness adjustments for the red, green and blue primaries, and saturation and tint adjustments that encompass yellow, magenta and cyan, as well as the RGB ones. It's no surprise, then, that the Imaging Science Foundation has endorsed the set.

There are also a multitude of noise reduction settings, a backlight adjustment and countless other bits and bobs besides. Many of these lesser options are best used sparingly, if at all, as some can undermine, rather than improve picture quality with certain sources.

One last feature of note on the 47LX6900 is its local dimming engine. Unfortunately, this is nothing at all like the hugely helpful local dimming systems found in direct LED sets. All that happens if you leave the local dimming feature on with the 47LX6900 is that whenever a bright object appears against a dark background, you can clearly make out a greyish rectangle or square sitting around the bright object.