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This is my first plasma TV and so far I am satisfied. Prior to this LG the only other flat screen TV's that I have had are LCD's by Sharp, Panasonic, and Samsung. To start off the review I will focus a little on the delivery by Amazon. ... Read full review
This is my first plasma TV and so far I am satisfied. Prior to this LG the only other flat screen TV's that I have had are LCD's by Sharp, Panasonic, and Samsung. To start off the review I will focus a little on the delivery by Amazon. The TV was delivered by Ceva and they did a good job. I did not have them setup the TV, though that is part of their service. The delivery company called to schedule the TV and gave me a four-hour window that they would deliver it within. That is kind of a wide window but I got lucky and I must have been first on the list as Ceva actually showed up 20 mins before the delivery window started. The delivery drivers brought the TV up to a spare bedroom on the 2nd floor, which was nice as the TV box is heavy.
For the 2nd part of the review I will focus in on the TV itself. Unboxing and setup was straightforward. It may take two people to lift the TV out of the box, depending on your lifting ability. Setting the TV up on the stand was easy and requires 2 screws to secure it to the stand and it feels steady after it was setup. I like the stand for the TV as it is sturdy and allows the TV to swivel. The TV itself is very nice looking, I like the thin black frame of the TV. The TV looks very good in a room on a TV stand. The TV is very thin and could easily be hooked up to a wall mount. The 50-inch is a good size for small to medium rooms.
Setup of the TV settings is easy and the user interface reminds me of my older Samsung. There are easy option settings for picture, audio, channel, and input. There are enough settings available to fine-tune the picture to your desire. Out of the box the picture is not that great and will require time to experiment with settings to get it to the way you will like it. The "eco" mode that is default picture settings is designed to save energy but it makes the picture too dark. I set mine to standard picture setting and modified some of the settings to get the picture to a look that meets my needs. Be patient with this process, for any TV, as it can take some time to find the right settings that work for you. I'm still adjusting mine to bring the picture to my preferred look. I am using this TV mostly for video gaming, Apple TV movies, and over the air digital TV. I don't have my satellite hooked up to this TV. The over the air digital TV looks good when on the HD channels, the non-HD channels look good enough. At the higher resolution hdmi inputs like Xbox, PlayStation, and Apple TV, the TV picture is very good. The picture is clear and colors are good (although black is sometimes a bit light for my tastes). For a gaming TV this plasma works well. The colors are rich and the speed of the TV makes the gaming smooth.
For the price of this TV and the size of the TV, it is a very good value. LG has put together a very nice TV at a very attractive price point and that combination make it a very compelling option. LCD's and LED's are much more expensive at this size screen. This TV does not come with all the bells and whistles as more expensive TV's but for the price who needs all that extra stuff.
1. Price- great price for this size TV from a well-known brand.
2. Picture- very good for price.
3. Size- good size for small and medium rooms.
4. Look of TV- very attractive looking and will compliment or enhance any room.
5. Sound- for a thin TV the sound is better than other brands I have had. The sound isn't stereo quality but for a thin TV the voice can be heard and that is a plus. Other flat screen TV's I have had it is difficult to hear the person talk so I had to buy a sound bar. For what I use this TV for I don't think a sound bar is needed. If this is your main TV additional sound might be needed but for every day use it is adequate.
1. Only two hdmi inputs- for the price maybe it is ok but 2 hdmi inputs is not enough on a modern TV. Just hook up your cable and one game machine and you are out of hdmi ports. If you have more than two hdmi connections you will have to purchase an hdmi switch/hub so that you can connect more than one. Keep this in mind as you evealuate this TV with other TV's as usually new TV's have at least 3 hdmi ports.
2. Reflection- compared to LCD/LED TV's there is a fair amount of reflection on the TV. If you have lamps or a lot of outdoor light coming in keep the reflection in mind. I believe this is typical of plasma TV's so nothing specific to this TV.
3. Black levels- compared to LCD/LED TV's the black level is sometimes a bit thin.
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