"Good Falt Panel with some Minor Issues!"4.5 starson by JohnnieBaker
Pros: Picture quality is excellent
2D to 3D really works, Great on sports. No ghosting. No blue shadows
Smart remote is easy to operate
Decent WIFI (not 100% perfect)
Cons: Slow loading times when switching modes
Summary: Overview - A great value for a feature rich 3D TV with only a few drawbacks.
Background - This Television was purcashed to replace a similiarly sized LCD rear projection HDTV. This television is set up in a basement playroom and is intended to be used primarily for streaming movies, playing PC games, playing Xbox games, and playing Wii games. I purcahsed the 55" version.
Out-of-the-Box - The Televison packaging was well thought out and was very "Green". The packaging was all recyclable (assuming that your local recyler accepts plastic bags and styrofoam - mine does) and marked with the appropriate codes. Everything was in place with nothing missing or damaged.
Set-up - Like most flat-panels, the stand is not installed when you recieve it, so you will need a padded areas to install the stand. If you plan on wall mounting, they include the stand-offs. This is to be placed on a stand, so I had to install the stand. This was easy and all the parts went together (two pieces to the stand and eight screws) well. I was able to easily lift it to a height of three feet and position by myself. The set-up was easy and the connections adequate. HDMI is the primary connections anymore, so it was not a surprise that there were plenty of HDMI connections and only one composite connection. No cables are included other than the adapter cables for composite and standard video, so make sure you ahve th ecables you need on hand.
Picture - The picture is very good overall. The look of the PC, XBox, and WII were noteably better then the picture I had before. The only thing I did notice is that you can over-drive the edge lighting, casuing a "Halo" effect. Watch out for that!! I also noticed that I had to play with the Gamma to lighten up items in shadows. Although Black Blacks are good for cinema, my son complained that he could not see things in the dark. The colors are excellent, and the pre-sets offer you some variations for your taste.
3D - This the second 3D TV of this type that I own. We also own an Active 3D television. Although the 3D picture is not as crisp as on the active, it is very good and I would argue that most users would never know the difference. The 3D conversion software is also very good on LGs. Look at my other review and I will tell you all of the pluses and minuses that I have seen. The last comment is 3D gaming. I did try a first person game in 3D conversion just to get a feel for what it does. It actually did a good job and even thought the game is not designed for 3D (Battlefield 3) the effect was a lot of fun and it did not change the playability, well, at least from what I can tell. I am really not very good at these games. LOL.
Dual Play - You need special glasses for this. I have not tried this out, but will update this if I ever do. If it works, it is a great concept.
Game Controllers - Since this will be used a lot for gaming, I think I should comment on putting the Wii bar and the XBox camera on top of the TV. I can not see any way to do it without the purchase of the Xbox mount. I did buy the one licenced by Xbox and the 3D gaming controller now has a stable home. I also purchased the Wii adapter to put the controller on top of he Xbox camera.
Software - The LG comes with a lot of web connectivity. It makes you wonder if turning off cable and going over the top is a better deal. Basically, much of what you could do with a Roku or Apple TV you can do with this. Set-up is painless and other than getting use to the remote for text entry, fast.
Remote - The remote is different then you would expect. It has only basic functions on it (Back, Home, Volume, Mute, Channel, 3D, My Apps/Menu) and a wheel and arrow function. Basically, the remote tracks your movements and a mouse like cursor moves across your screen. This works fairly well, although not perfectly.
Overall, I like the old style of remote better, but this is adequate. The only curious thing is htat hte box included a leash for the remote, but I will be darned if I can figure out where it goes. If someone else figures it out, let me know. Batteries are included, so once you put them into the base, you are ready for remoting.
Wireless Picture - So, this TV also comes wihtthe ability to stream from a PC or tablet to the television. Using Windows, I was able to do this. I have not tried it with my iPad or Mac, but if I do, I will let you know. The picture was good and stable from a distance of 10 feet.
Value - This is a lot of TV for ~$1300 (at the time of the review). the price will go lower as newer models come out, but as you start to look at features and size, this is a good value. You will also note a large jump between 55 and 65 inches.
Warranty - I had a very bad experience with another TV and thankfully I had purchased the extened warranty. Although I genrally believe that warranties are not a good value, I do buy them on complex electronics. It may be a waste, but if you get the one in a million that has and issue...well, yoiu will be glad. I purchased the LG warranty. I have never used it on my other LG TV, hope never to have to, so I can't comment on service.
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Summary - I do reccomend this tv for someone who wants a solid TV with lots of features.