Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
LG 47LM860 TV
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Summary: Pros: Excellent picture quality, great range of features, good 3D and Smart TV Cons: Some ease of use problems, sound issues
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LG 47LM860 TV was only launched 5 months ago this is a really good all round Cinema 3D TV with some new features. At a glance it features a sleek lightweight design with an ultra thin frame to maximise the picture, exceptional image quality, Freeview HD, WI-FI, flicker free 3D TV, Smart TV, Home desktop, voice activated remote, 2 player gaming and A-rated for efficient energy use.
This is one of the sleekest televisions on the market. The frame of the TV is one of the most unobtrusive we have reviewed to date. The bezel along the bottom is very sharp and on the other 3 sides, virtually non-existent. The stand is also very lightweight and stylish. The TV features a LG which lights up when the TV is turned on, not to everyone’s taste but we liked this subtle feature.
Fantastic Picture Quality
The 47LM860 has exceptional natural colour picture quality with good resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) on the 47inch screen. This is nearly 5 times the resolution of typical TVs. This model uses a passive 3D system which means you can make any content 3D by simply pressing a button on the remote. Acknowledged this is not quite as good as original 3D content, however it adds depth to an otherwise flat effect. Actual 3D derived content is stunning and the glasses have been reported by all the assessors as being comfortable. Again for gaming the picture is clear and sharp and colours vivid and blacks in particular deeper than other HD LED TVs. The TV is certified flicker-free which presents less strain for your eyes and a blur free viewing. The TV has an integrated satellite and Freeview HD tuner.
This model features a number of useful apps such as BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Ace Trax, Google Picasa Photo, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without needing a computer and run very smoothly with no bugs reported. More apps can be easily downloaded too. You can also browse the web through the integrated Wi-Fi. These function through a wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection. Minor criticism would be that the desktop is very busy with a lot shown over a few pages; however it removes the need for the sub menus that often appear.
Good sound quality with good dynamics and volume range. It has auto control that normalises volume at times when loud noises are not appropriate (e.g. during a quiet period drama it won’t project intrusive loud adverts). This TV also has a more unusual volume control feature that adjusts depending on the time of day, useful for keeping the noise down when others are in bed!
Dual Play for Gaming
This TV offers a unique multi-play facility that enables two players to effectively view the whole screen with their action sequence, when wearing the glasses that are included.
Minor criticism would be that the TV does not feature a built-in PVR; this allows you to plug in a HDD drive to rewind and record live TV.
Features include voice activated searches and other commands, swiping the remote to activate as well as pointing at icons on screen. Maybe a little gimmicky for some but once you get used to them can be quite useful with some online apps.
Class A Energy Rating
A good way of reducing your energy bill, this TV is one of the highest ranked in terms of energy saving for a screen of this size, when switched on it uses 83 watts, even beating our No.1 TV (plasma TVs typically use double this amount) and when on energy saving mode it only uses 52.4W.
Again one of the pricier TVs on the market at around £1,400 typically. However, if you can afford it the television offers a very stylish design, fantastic picture quality (some of the best for 3D) and some useful additional features.
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