Pros Easy to set up the wireless network
Picture quality is just amazing
Viewing angle is good
Magic Motion remote is excellent
Simple and Intuitive GUI
Cons Virtual keyboard entry method is very slow
Active shutter glasses are very expensive
Summary This is my first 3D television. I bought a 3D DVD player and 3D movie just to test it. Everything arrived the same day. And while I was very impressed with the 3D, it's the other things that fascinated me even more than the 3D. This television really is a computer on the inside.
It was so easy to set up the wireless network. It automatically linked up with my two computers via the network. And it is wireless N at that. I am watching home videos from my laptop computer via my wireless network. So I can look at any shared photo or video. It has photo slide show and the picture quality is just amazing - all wireless from my computer. And the picture quality is very good. I am so impressed with this television set. I am still discovering things. It will take a long time to even learn all the things it can do. It has Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vudu, Hulu, Cinema Now, and MLTV. And they have joined the app movement where you can download applications - some for free and obviously some for a fee.
The remote control is mostly an air-mouse with a cursor that appears on screen. It is a little difficult for me to get it calibrated. Sometimes I end up pointing at the floor or way off the left side of the television display. I think I have learned how to center it now. I have to shake it while pointing at the middle of the screen. I really wish they offered a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse option. That would have been perfect. The virtual keyboard entry method is very slow. The more I explore, the more stuff I find. I wish they had a good user manual, but they don't. There is a simple on-screen manual that is next to useless by the time you find it. By then, you've already learned a lot of stuff by trial and error. They did not make any attempt to explain how to use what they call the apps (internet interface). You are on your own to discover how to use it. Many people will do just fine doing that, but there are many things for which I would like to read an explanation. Not everything is obvious. You are asked to activate things with no idea of what to expect ahead of time. But so far, so good. There is firmware update option available. I checked and my television is already to the latest revision. The manufacturing date is only last month (March 2012), so I guess it can't be too far out of date. It was assembled in Mexico. I registered my television on their web site. It is so new that this model is not even listed yet. But you can type the model number into the apace provided.
And the television sensitivity is nothing short of outstanding. I went into my garage and found a compact loop antenna and connected it to the television. The antenna is sitting on the floor on the first level and the nearest television stations are in Houston, 50 miles away. And it picked up 30 stations. I watched a television program that was obviously a 2D image and turned on the simulated 3D just to see how well it would work. It definitely depends on the scene, but sometimes it is just almost impressive how well this works. Obviously it is nowhere near as good as a true 3D image, but not too bad, all things considered.
The LG 3D image system uses passive polarized glasses. I was pretty much in the active shutter camp until I got this television. I really cannot find any fault with it other than the 3D glasses do attenuate the light somewhat - like polarized sunglasses. The viewing angle is good. I sat on both ends of a long couch and it still looked the same. You can even adjust the amount of 3D effect you desire. Since the glasses are lightweight, I was able to wear my prescription eye glasses and just slipped the 3D glasses over the front. It works just fine doing it this way. And it was reasonably comfortable, virtually little difference than just wearing my prescription glasses. A few weeks ago, I watched a 3D movie from a very expensive Sony projection setup using active shutter glasses. I think this LG 3D television works just as good (if not better) and without the expense and weight of the active shutter glasses. The active shutter glasses were heavy and I found them quite uncomfortable after about half an hour. And active shutter glasses are very expensive. With this LG television they really do include six pair of 3D glasses. I will not be tempted to buy a projector system because the picture is washed out in comparison to this LG 3D television. The black level is so much better with this LG.
I really wish I could have gotten the 55 inch version of this television. I have a 65 inch plasma television upstairs and this 47 inch television is a lot smaller. But while it isn't lightweight, I carried by myself from the bedroom where I assembled it to the living room without much effort. I do suggest you assemble it on a bed with the face down. The base comes in two pieces. First you mount the two pieces together with 4 screws. Then you mount the two-piece assembly onto the base of the TV with the remaining four screws. The stand seems quite sturdy to me. I tried to tilt it back and forth to test it - plenty stable. You can mount it on a wall, but that hardware is not included, as you would expect.
When you find an internet site you want to keep, it does support bookmarking it. And there is a clear history and cookies option, too. It remembers your log-on ID and passwords for Netflix and other sites. Again, I really wish they had included a wireless keyboard and mouse option. The air mouse (remote control) is a little frustrating to use. The pointing accuracy is sometimes really bad. You have to shake the remote while pointing at the center of the screen fairly often to re-center the cursor. And you will frequently be pointing well past the television set or even at the floor to move the cursor to the desired spot. Maybe I will learn how to use it better with practice. I cannot find any text to tell you how to calibrate it. It appears the documentation is seriously lacking. Maybe they were in a rush to get this on the market and hopefully the documentation is playing catch-up. But somehow I really doubt that they even considered writing a true user's manual. I consider this a significant issue.
In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend this 3D television as an excellent television value and technological marvel. I was truly amazed to learn how well they have integrated networking and internet access into this television. Televisions and computers have finally merged with the introduction of this model. The more I used it, the more it felt like a computer with a big screen - yet it is also a very good 3D high definition television. Almost forgot to mention that there is no bezel surrounding the glass display. I think that is a major reason I thought it looked smaller. The picture image goes almost to the edge of the glass screen, perhaps to within three-eighths inch from the edge. All I can say is that I am now a 3D believer and LG has designed a very forward looking masterpiece. If you can afford it, I strongly recommend the 55 inch size. I suggest check for low price of this TV at: 240hzlcdhdtvs.blogspot.com/p/lg-47lm8600.html
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