Pros + Picture quality in both 2D and 3D are impressive
+ Google TV outstanding
+ Magic Remote is powerful
Cons - Poor sound quality
Summary I've been using the LG 42-Inch Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV With GoogleTV for a little over a month now and am very happy with its performance. The picture quality in both 2D and 3D are impressive and the Google TV features are outstanding.
Hardware and Set up
Unpacking and setting up went quickly. The TV itself is fairly light - so I had no problem getting it out of the box, installing the stand, and placing it onto my A/V stand. All of this took me roughly a half hour, even while working slowly. The stand is attached with 8 screws and are like slick legs in its shape. The stand does not allow the TV to tilt forwards or backwards but it does rotate from side to side at about a 45 degree angle each way. The TV itself is very thin, approximately 1.5", with a dark silver 1" brushed steel looking outer bezel. The combination of the TV and stand, to me, looks very sleek and modern which is aesthetically pleasing.
The unit has four HDMI inputs, a 1/8" headphone jack, a digital optical out, three USB 3.0 inputs, and two 1/8" jacks for composite and component video signals using the supplied adapter cables. There is an additional 1/8" jack for the IR blaster adapter -(supplied) for connecting other devices that you would like to be controlled by the LG TV's remote. There is a LAN input for connecting your internet router directly to the TV via an ethernet cable (cable not included) which is what I am doing. There is also a coax cable input for direct cable or for an OTA antenna.
Initial TV starting set up was quick and without any hangups. It involved things like setting up your location, connecting to the internet, and logging in to your google account (having a google account is required.) The process took about 15 minutes.
There are some reviews mentioning the poor quality of the sound from the onboard speakers. For me, the LG TV replaced a large, 56" LCD panel and I will say that the sound difference was quite noticeable. The LG lacked the bass and overall fullness that the larger TV put out. But honestly, in my case that was to be expected due to the size difference between the two TVs. After about a day or two of using the LG TV, I had completely forgotten about it. Some may find the sound a bit thin but overall, I think it's fine.
The images are bright, well saturated, and detailed creating a nice depth in the picture. I watch quite a bit of fast action sports and I'm very pleased that there was hardly any blurring of the motion. Watching 3D is also a real pleasure. I'm using the TV in combination with an LG BP530 3D BluRay player and the 3D imaging is outstanding. The 3D glasses the TV comes with (four pairs) are light and require no batteries. I also have 3D glasses for a Samsung TV that require batteries and it's a real hassle when you're in the mood to watch a 3D movie and the batteries need to be recharged. I wear the LG 3D glasses over a pair of prescription glasses and they fit comfortably on my face. After a few minutes, I don't even realize they are there.
The Magic Remote seemed cumbersome at first, probably because of its thickness and odd shape but after using it for a few days, I quickly got used to it. The QWERTY keyboard on the reverse side of the remote works really well in conjunction with GoogleTV. I've been using the Chrome browser quite a bit on the TV and the standard keyboard layout is much more convenient than trying to select letters on a screen based keyboard. I also like that I can use the remote's voice function to navigate to web pages. Both methods are very accurate. The remote can also act as a pointer, similar to Wii remote, but I found that to be a bit awkward. The pointer is quite shaky on the screen so it can be difficult to navigate the pointer to a specific area on the screen, then holding it in that particular spot, then trying to click the scroll wheel. One feature that I wish the remote had was that the keys were backlit. Often when using the remote at night, when the room is dark, I have to turn on a light if I want to use the keyboard.
GoogleTV and LG Home Dashboard
Over the past month or so that I've been using the LG Cinema 3D LED TV, I've noticed myself using it more and more for web surfing via Chrome. I have all my favorite sites added and just find general web browsing very convenient when using the voice function with the magic remote. Searching for YouTube videos is equally convenient using this feature. Speaking of YouTube, the YouTube app is another thing I really like . The layout of the app and general navigation within the app is much better than the YouTube app on my Samsung 3D SmartTV which doesn't seem as intuitive. In fact, the overall layout of LG's Home navigation screen is very well laid out and intuitive. The icons are large and categorized nicely. So far, other than web surfing with Chrome, I've mainly used the YouTube app, the Netflix app, and watched some of the included 3D content so I really need to explore more of the GoogleTV capabilities. That's something I'm definitely looking forward to doing with this TV.
The LG 42" Cinema 3D LED HDTV certainly exceeded my expectations. The picture is sharp and bright and holds up well when watching fast-paced sports or action movies. The 3D picture quality is superb and a blast to watch. The Magic Remote is powerful and pairing it with the convenience of GoogleTV really is a home run. Highly recommended.
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