Pros Great detail, vibrancy of the colors, and depth of the black
3D feature is brilliant
Ability to go onto Netflix, search the web, watch youtube and more...
TV was a breeze to set up
Cons Not cinema screen design
Not come with the LG Magic Remote
Summary I've been using this TV for a week now and have been really pleased with the quality of the picture, the ease of accessing a range of content, and the overall aesthetics of the TV. While it's too soon to tell on lifespan, I also own a 2012 LG TV that I've been equally pleased with LG Cinema Screen 47LM7600 and that has continued to perform well over time so I'm confident this TV will do the same.
Before you read the rest of the review it's important to note that while I did do a fair amount of research before buying my first LG TV I'm by no means a TV expert so this review comes from the perspective of someone who appreciates a high quality TV viewing experience, but doesn't understand every technical in and out. Consider me your slightly savvy average consumer. Warning, this review is a tad long since there are so many aspects of owning a TV. Accordingly, I organized my points into buckets so that hopefully it is easier to skip to the parts that interest you if necessary.
This TV was a breeze to set up. If you choose to use the stand, it is very easy to put together and attach to the TV. It took me 10 minutes maximum to assemble, including the time spent hunting around for screws I had accidently dropped on the floor. Once the stand is set up, I found it quite nice. It has a sleek minimalist design and rotates about 45 degrees in either direction.
As for the TV itself, there are just a few set up screens and then you are in business, though some individual apps also have their own short set up to validate your accounts (i.e. Facebook). You will also though likely want to calibrate the picture and sound before watching. I personally liked the results far better when I did this vs. when I used the TV with the preset settings. Even if you are a relative neophyte like I am, there are a lot of great resources online that can help you do this. Also, there is thankfully nothing you can do that can't be undone so if you create a setting you don't like it is easy enough to change it. I also found connecting it to wifi to be very easy. It found my network right away and accepted my password.
Once the TV was properly calibrated I was quite satisfied with the viewing quality I have with this TV. I thought the detail, vibrancy of the colors, and depth of the black with this TV were great. I also paid close attention (closer than normal) when watching for flashlighting and bleeding and if any was there my eye isn't savvy enough to detect it.
I thought I might have an issue with motion blur or judder since my 2012 TV has TruMotion 240Hz, but the difference was actually a lot more modest than I expected, at least with everyday BluRay movies and HDTV shows. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised. At least from my experience it seems like you're always going to get a little bit of both with LED-LCD TVs but this TV seemed to handle both well, even when I was watching for both with a more scrutinizing eye than normal for the purpose of writing this review. I also thought that the TV did a good job when viewing it from side angles. I did find that the contrast was a little less pronounced then, but still the viewing quality was pretty good. The option of energy saving features is also nice though I personally like a brighter TV experience so I generally opt not to use them.
Typically I watch TV with a home theater system so I'm not reliant on the sound quality of the TV. However the built in speakers work better than I expected and I like that there are different settings for the sound. I found it sufficient for TV and web video viewing but if you plan to use it for music or movies that have dramatic scores or lots of sound effects you'll probably enjoy this TV more with a home theater system. I noticed when playing music in particular it was really lacking bass and the percussion in particular sounded really flat. I'm using this in my bedroom and not as my primary TV I'm okay with using my TV speakers for sound though I may get the Soundbar & Subwoofer at a later date after I have spent more time with this TV.
One of my favorite things about the TV, beyond the picture quality is how easy it is to access a range of content. I love being able easily use YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Picasa, and Facebook. I think it is possible that I could drop my cable subscription and still be quite pleased with how much I'm able to use this TV. At least at the time of writing this review, Spotify and Amazon Instant Video are absent. However, Amazon Instant Video was recently added to my 2012 TV so it seems realistic it will be added here soon as well.
I also have been pleased with the experience of using these services within the TV. Among the bunch the only interface I've found that I haven't liked is Facebook. (It's a very dumbed down version of the Facebook experience and I dislike that when I look at my wall it omits links and pictures from people's posts, which makes for an unsatisfying experience.) Everything else has been easy to use. I especially like that YouTube works with my phone (as long as you are using both on the same wifi network) so I can use my phone to control what plays on my TV, including finding videos. I've been especially pleased with the speed and quality. When I'm watching YouTube videos, for example, they load quickly and I don't have any problems with buffering. I do find with all these programs I spend much more time on my butt in front of the TV than I did pre-Smart TV. Thanks to the addition of a dual core processor, I also find that web browsing is faster than it is with my 2012 TV, though it is still slower than with my MacBook.
My TV did not ship with the Magic Remote and I will admit that having gotten used to it with my 2012 TV, I really missed it. It does make easy work of navigating through the menus and typing when you're using the Apps. And at least the 2012 version of the Magic Remote is incredibly intuitive to use if you've ever played around with a Wii. As a short-term fix, I've been using the iPhone remote app for LG. It's a tad glitchy as it sometimes tells me that my network single is low even when my phone icons are showing a full wifi signal. But otherwise I find it a bit more convenient than the standard remote that ships.
The one other thing this TV does not have that my 47LM7600 does is the Cinema Screen design, which makes the TV virtually frameless. This is one of the things I LOVE about my 47LM7600 because it makes the TV fit in nicely in a well-decorated living room. Instead this has a beveled edge so it is a little less sleek and modern looking, but nonetheless still looks pretty nice. The Cinema Screen does come with a higher price tag so I think you have to decide for yourself it if is worth the extra expense. For me when it came to a living room TV it was, but as this TV is used in my bedroom to me the design is more than sufficient. The one thing I don't care for on this TV is the power light. On this TV it is in the middle and much larger than with my 47LM7600 where it is located off on the side and just a very small dot. With this TV it seems more obtrusive, especially in a bedroom at night. Thankfully it doesn't give off much light and hasn't kept me from getting to sleep. (Edited to add: Thanks to the commenter who noted that you can turn this light off in the settings. I did and like this TV even better now that I know this is possible. I'm sure if you were having issues with the TV the power light is helpful to indicate that it isn't a power issue but for day to day use I find it unnecessary.)
Overall, I think this is a great TV. Yes, there are a few things in this review that I call out as being less than optimal but to me they were all small things that didn't greatly diminish my overall viewing/usage experience or that didn't seem fair to expect of a TV at this price point. If you're put off by the price tag that comes with a lot of the higher end LED TVs I think this offers a lot for the money and gives you a great TV experience at a relatively affordable price.
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