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Pause and record live TV with any external hard drive!,
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This review is from: LG 32LN570U 32-inch Widescreen HD ready Smart LED TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I purchased this TV in the Black Friday deal for £219 as a Christmas present for my sister. This TV was very easy to set up and get up and running. The picture quality is amazing with bright and vivid colours, with the sound quality adequate for a bedroom TV.
The built in freeview HD is an excellent tuner that is better than the dedicated freeview TV tuner my sister has plugged into her other TV. The EPG is quick and responsive, so getting around the menus is instant when you press a button. I find EPG and guide menus that respond slowly very frustrating as does my sister so she was very happy to find the LG TV to be so responsive.
The feature that I was surprised to find built into the TV was LG Time machine 2 software. This allows you to plug in any external hard drive you have (a 500GB external hard drive can be purchased for £50) and you can then record and pause live TV or watch one channel while recording another! You can also set the TV to record programs from the guide turning the FreeviewHD into a FreeviewHD+. Before I made the purchase I did not know it had this feature and as I work in IT I had a hard drive I could give my sister to use with this. This was very easy to set up and very easy for my sister to use.
Overall this is a great TV and I would definitely consider an LG smart TV when I upgrade my 5 year old Panasonic 42" plasma. I was weary of LED TV's before having been used to my plasma TV's amazing picture but this TV has made me realize that LED TV's now have excellent picture quality (they used to be a lot worse than plasma) and the Smart features are worth the extra money with quick responsive menus.
The only downside is that it does not have built in wifi. It does have an ethernet port so you can plug it into your router with an ethernet cable to acces the internet features. Wifi should come as standard on all TV's in my opinion and its not just LG that dont include it. What I find annoying is that you cant just use any wifi dongle, you have to buy the LG one which is expensive compared to normal wifi dongles for PC's but essentially its just the same bit of kit. This is the only reason I have given it 4 stars instead of 5.