LG 47LX6900 full review

If first impressions were all we based our reviews on, the LG 47LX6900 47in 3D television would score impressively.

Boasting quite the most attractive welcome display we've seen yet – a cascade of lights come on in sequence and fade in a variety of different shapes – we were immediately put at ease by the LG 47LX6900's attractive appearance. Its slender frame (just 15mm wide in some places) shows off one of LCD's biggest selling points, and the frame itself is a very simple, but rather stylish, black affair. It lacks the interesting plastic trim seen on some 3D screens, and the all-in-one perfection of the Sony, but this is still a very pleasing (and refined) presence that'll slip effortlessly into the modern sitting room. The stand isn't one of the more interesting examples we've seen, but it's stable and performs its function without sticking out too much.

The ports and connectors are a fairly standard bunch on the LG 47LX6900, although the layout isn't quite as orthodox. Four v1.4 HDMI ports are included, but only one of these is placed on the side of the television, with the remaining three situated to the rear of the LG. We're assuming that LG believes its users would mostly prefer to have the wires and cables hidden away behind the screen, and that a single HDMI port within easy reach will be enough. In most cases, we'd agree with them, but we can see technophiles might prefer to have one or two extra HDMI ports side-mounted – if this screen is going to be wall-mounted, that single HDMI port could seem a little skimpy.

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Two USB ports are built on to the side of the LG, although if you'll want to tap wirelessly into the internet features, you my wish to take up one of these USB ports with the optional Wireless LAN adapter (the AN-WF100, available for around £40). That still leaves one USB port free for playing media from a storage device (DivX, Jpegs and MP3s are amongst the supported file types). Otherwise, the usual connectors and ports are offered with the LG 47LX6900 - Component video, SCART, PC connections etc. An HD FreeView tuner is included, and it's also no great surprise to find the LG supporting DLNA.

LG's internet features are accessed through its NetCast service. This is a simple and intuitive system that offers a conventional set of applications. It's nice to see support for iPlayer, while YouTube, Twitter and Facebook also get mentions. Google Maps isn't a choice you see on every television though, while Acetrax gives adequate film streaming options. There's a decent radio option too. The range here isn't the most extensive (there's no Skype or LoveFiLM, to name but two), and a little more third party support would be nice. Nonetheless, NetCast has upped its game of late, and can now comfortably compete with the majority of screens out there.

The LG 47LX6900's remote control unit is a bit of a mixed bag. We like the interesting curved surface, although greater colour variation would make some of the buttons stand out more. We also weren't totally taken with the unresponsive and stiff cursorpad. Since you'll be regularly using the latter to navigate menus, we can only hope this wears off with time. The menu system itself is very well designed, with clearly named sections taking you to the relevant sub-menu. That apparent simplicity doesn't result in a lack of complexity, though, and the extensive colour options, for instance, give you a range of settings for skin colour, black and gamma levels etc.

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We received two sets of sample glasses with the LG 47LX6900, although we understand the television itself only comes with one pair. These AG-S110 glasses will cost you around £95 a time. They can be recharged from a USB port, and are reasonably comfortable, if a little stiff. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the 3D itself. Perhaps more than any other 3D screen we've tested, the LG suffers from severe crosstalk. There was no need to subject it to the most demanding scenes from Monsters vs Aliens, and even relatively easy fare produced significant ghosting and other artefacts. This, unfortunately, marred the whole experience for us. The depth is fine, but as a 3D screen, the LG falls down quite quickly.

Things are better in standard HD, although we still noticed some strange shimmering effects, particularly in cityscape scenes. The colour palette is quite pleasing, if a touch light. It lacks the brooding intensity of, for example, the plasma televisions, and outdoor scenes were occasionally a little bright, even with adjustments to the colour settings. There was also occasionally a lack of colour depth in darker scenes. The LG 47LX6900 is adequate at standard definition, although it's perhaps little less forgiving of lower resolutions than some here.

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LG 47LX6900: Specs

  • 47in LCD screen
  • LED Backlight
  • Native resolution 1920x1080
  • 16:9 Picture
  • HD FreeView Tuner
  • DLNA compatible
  • Wired LAN (wireless optional)
  • PC connectivity Yes
  • 4 x HDMI (v1.4)
  • 2 x USB
  • 1 x Scart
  • Composite Video
  • Component Video Input
  • Sound 10W x 2
  • Dimensions (with stand) 1127 x 758 x 285mm
  • Weight 22.9kg