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Simply the best TV for this price,
This review is from: LG 42LS570T 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Smart TV with Freeview HD (Electronics)
It's hard to know where to start when describing how great this TV is but first of all there is one point to mention that will be important to a lot of people. This model I'm reviewing is the 570T but the one I actually bought is the 575T which is identical to this for spec, including the price, except that it has wifi built in so if you do want a wireless internet connection then look at that model instead. I couldn't find it on here and I think it's excursive to high street shops but either way it's the same TV other than the wifi.
The picture is stunning. Over the years I've had a Samsung DLP, Sony LCD, Samsung plasma then a Panasonic Plasma. This LG blows them all away in terms of quality, the colours are richer and sharper than I've ever seen before. There's more detail in the background, people look so real that they could be in the room with you and if you have any doubts over whether to go for plasma, LCD or LED (which are almost the same thing) then my advice is to go for LED. Put this next to a Panasonic Viera plasma from 2010 and it makes the Viera look like something from the 80's. I love Panasonic by the way but this just shows how fast technology advances. The LG wins hands down in every way when it comes to quality. Freeview HD is great and the quality will make you fall off your chair, even if you have seen HD before it really is something to behold on this set.
If you're fussy about names and have read some of the silly reviews where people insist that Samsung/Sony/Sharp is better than LG etc. then take no notice. LG is now the worlds biggest TV seller by gross sales figures and they supply Samsung with all their screens anyway. LG is partly owned by Philips and they all have their fingers in each others pies to some degree. All the arguing about Sony, LG, plasma, LED is just daft in my opinion. Who cares who makes it or what it is if it looks brilliant?
The sound is surprisingly good for such a slim TV. It is very, very thin and light so I didn't expect much from the speakers but i'd give the sound 8 out of 10 and it's fine for everyday use. If you want thumping base you'll need extra speakers but it's very loud and not that tinny if you fiddle with the settings. I only have it on 8 and I think the volume goes up to 100 but after 20 it was hurting my ears!
It's the first TV I've ever had where it just worked first time. I turned it on, tuned it in and it worked with a great picture straight out the box. I set up the internet and it connected first time, I pressed all the right buttons on the remote and everything is just so instinctive and easy to find without having to look no the manual.
The only thing that needs a bit of work is getting the smart features to work. If you click on iplayer or Youtube straight away then you just get a page saying "loading..." and nothing works. Click on "Search" and it will update the TV which takes about 5 minutes. Click on search again and keep doing this until there are no more updates. After that just register an account at the top right of the screen (like setting up an email account) and then everything will work. That bit is a bit fiddly and someone who's not into computers might get stuck but now you know how to do it!
It has tons of apps including Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Lovefilm...dozens of them along with loads of puzzle games, music etc. You could spend hours just looking through this part and new ones are being added all the time. Most of them are free but some you do need to pay for. I can confirm that as of September 2012, iplayer is working fine. If it doesn't then you just need to reset or update your TV.
The connectivity is brilliant. You get 4 HDMI's and 3 USB's to plug in memory cards (in card readers) to watch all your photos/video on the big screen. It works with JPEG, AVI, WMV and other formats but not HD video taken directly from a camcorder in . MTS format. You can also plug in the wifi dongle if you get the 570T (the non wifi version). An external hard drive can be plugged in to allow you to record off any channel, even the HD ones. You can also pause live TV with a hard drive plugged in and they are so cheap to buy now that it's well worth adding one. A 160GB hard drive will record 15 hours of HD or 38 hours of SD. It's a shame you have to have a hard drive and you can't use a memory card for this feature but never mind. Again, all these features worked first time with no hassle at all. What a nice change!
It comes with a HDMI to SCART converter if you really want to plug in an old device but I don't have anything with SCART any more so I haven't tried that bit out. A slight downfall here is that, as of yet, it looks like it doesn't recognise automatically when you have turned on a DVD player so you have to manually press the INPUT button and then switch it to the correct AV channel. All the ones available are lit up and the ones where nothing is plugged in are faded so it's not really a problem at all but it would be nice if there was some way it would switch itself.
A great feature is the light sensor which automatically adjusts the picture settings and fades or lights up the screen more depending on how dark the room is. I've had this before on other TV's but they always seemed to overdo it and fade the screen too much. This one is spot on and it gives great results whatever the occasion. Sport is great on this TV and there's no blurring at all with fast moving people, cars or balls. It's a bit confusing to know exactly what the refresh rate of this TV is. It's listed on many places as 50hz but it's not. It says 100hz in other places and officially on the box is says it has an MCI (Motion Clarity Index) of 200 which is like having 200hz. Whatever it is, it works great and is at least equal in performance to the 600hz I had on the Panasonic, which isn't really 600hz anyway. Don't be fooled by figures!
The instruction manual is a fun read because it has some very odd advice in it. LG is a South Korean company and I guess they have a lot of chopsticks over there to eat food with because it advises you to not insert metal chopsticks into the TV and not to drop chopsticks on the TV. It also warns you not to climb onto the TV, sit vases with water in on top of it, to use it to bounce a football off and that watching TV for a long time can make you get blurred vision. I'm glad they told me all that or I might have wrecked my TV and my eyes by now.
I would advise not going for any warranty that you are offered when you buy this TV. By law, all TV's sold in Europe have a 2 year warranty and I give lots of credit to LG for telling you this clearly in the literature. My last TV packed up after 16 months and the shop was not happy about having to abide by the EU warranty and kept trying to fob me off by saying that I only had 1 year warranty. If you really want a warranty then LG offer you 3 years for £99 (including accident damage) with a bit of paper that comes inside the TV box. It's a smallish box for such as big TV by the way, I got it in the back of my 3 door 2011 Fiesta with just the back seats down.
I cannot say too much how great this TV is. If i'd seen it in a shop and was asked to put a price on it I would have said around £700 to £800. It's crazy that it's under £500!!! The only thing it doesn't have is 3D but that gives me headaches and makes my eyes tired so I don't want that. If you do then there is a model the same as this with 3D for an extra £100 or so.
I'm someone who doesn't normally care about TV much. I rarely watch it but even I can see how I'm going to be watching a lot more now because of the sheer brilliance of this set. The price is so good that I'm going back to buy another one in a month or two before they stop making them! Buy this TV and prepare to be dazzled.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2012 15:42:02 BDT
I'd like to point out that since writing this review i have found that you can plug a keyboard and mouse in to the USB ports and it makes browsing the net much better! It says on the built-in manual that you can also use a wireless keyboard/mouse.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 19:38:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2012 19:39:32 BDT
Mike G. says:
Thanks for the thorough description. I have been searching for a new TV for a while and have been having my eyes on this one. I am only concerned about the quality of the picture when watching SD. Can you comment on that? Since there are so few channels on HD I worry about having a HD TV.
If you were trying to sell that TV, you did it well! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 19:42:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2012 20:30:18 BDT
It's great in SD. The only problem is that HD looks so good that when you go back to SD it can look blurry but that's just the way it is broadcast! It does have an SD to HD up scaling converter thingy-me-bob and i think it looks good. It also has a sound equaliser that i forgot to mention so when changing channels or watching adverts the volume is the same on them all and doesn't come blasting out. I've had that before but it never worked on other makes, it does on this one.
Posted on 30 Sep 2012 21:40:27 BDT
Really good review, thank you.
Do you know what the 3D version of this TV is called?
The 37'' is more suitable for me and I don't see a wireless version.
Do you know if there is one?
Posted on 23 Oct 2012 23:13:29 BDT
Martin D. Holmes says:
I have connected my Sony 710 DVD recorder via the Scart adapter and the TV will switch to AV1 atomatically if the TV is switched on before the recorder is switched on. To my eyes, the up scaler workes so well there is no the difference between an SD and HD input. (So why bother with HD!) The AV1 plug is not an HDMI; I don't know what it is. Perhaps somebody can comment on this. My lounge is 12 x 16 ft and the 42 inch may be slightly too large for this size room. However her-in-doors has not commented too adversely on this so I thiink I've got away with it. (A large TV is better for films anyway).
Posted on 4 Nov 2012 22:56:07 GMT
Mr. L. M. Dunn says:
Do you see any slight blur or out of focus, i got this tv but its making my eyes go funny like theirs a slight blur or something i feel like going cross eyed because they cant focus on the image because of whatever it is, i've watched other HD TV's and my eyes have been fine but with this one it's annoying me
Posted on 11 Nov 2012 19:03:17 GMT
Excellent review - many thanks!
Does anyone know if a standard USB wifi dongle will do the job or is the - overpriced - Samsung dongle required?
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 07:53:06 GMT
Does this have RCA stereo out?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 22:27:35 GMT
Daniel J. Frusher says:
Can you record on to a USB stick to save tv program's you want to keep?
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 20:24:25 GMT
Christopher Hartley says:
I have this tv too and agree with your review, the only gripe I have is that there is no access to itv player or 4od, I'm hoping they may be available at some time in the future. Have you tried the new lg app for your phone or tablet? It's brilliant, change the channel and volume etc, full control of all the smart features using the pointer controlled from the tablet. Makes the tv control so much easier than using the remote.
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